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Who administers orthodontic treatment: a dentist, a cosmetic dentist, or an orthodontist?

Who administers orthodontic treatment: a dentist, a cosmetic dentist, or an orthodontist?

Legally: Legally, any Dentist can do Orthodontic Treatment, just as any Physician can deliver a baby. Orthodontic Specialists have at least 4,000 more hours of Orthodontic Training, and do nothing but Orthodontic Treatment. Studies have shown Orthodontists do it faster and better. And by the way, Cosmetic Dentistry is an honorific, not a specialty. ...Read more

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Nerve pain flossing root canaled/temp tooth - ill fitted or periodontal issue? Need 2nd opinion. See a Periodontist, Prosthodontist or Dentist?

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Nerve pain flossing root canaled/temp tooth - ill fitted or periodontal issue? Need 2nd opinion. See a Periodontist, Prosthodontist or Dentist?

See an endodontist: With proper care, even teeth that have had old root canal treatment can last a lifetime. An additional endodontic procedure may be able to support healing and save your tooth. If you have pain or discomfort in a previously treated tooth, talk to an endodontist about re-treatment. ...Read more

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Dentist ortodontist periodontist endodontics what's the difference?

Dentist ortodontist periodontist endodontics what's the difference?

Different specialist: Orthodontist specializes in braces endodontist specializes in root canal treatment periodontist specializes in gum diseases. A general dentist treats a wide range of oral and dental problems and is not limited to any one area. ...Read more

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Dental experts! what is worse- braces or invisalign?

Dental experts! what is worse- braces or invisalign?

Braces/Clear Aligner: First of all, asking what is the worst is not boding well for successful treatment. Fixed braces and clear aligners are both good methods of fixing a malocclusion. Certain cases may not treat as well or as effectively, in my professional opinion, with clear aligners. Speak to your orthodontic specialist for the pros/cons of each modality of treatment. ...Read more

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Dental experts! what is the difference between dental hygienist & orthodontic assistant?

Dental experts! what is the difference between dental hygienist & orthodontic assistant?

See below: A hygienist is trained to clean teeth. An assistant is trained to aid the dr in his/her treatment of the patient. ...Read more

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How do a orthodontics, endodontics and periodontics dentist differ?

How do a orthodontics, endodontics and periodontics dentist differ?

They all specialIze : Orthodontists have extra training in moving teeth and jaws. Endodontists have extra training in root canals. Periodontists have extra training in diseases of the gums. ...Read more

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Could a dental assistant work for an orthodontist?

Could a dental assistant work for an orthodontist?

Yes: Most orthodontist have dental assistants working in their office. They will need to be trained in certain orthodontic procedures. ...Read more

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Might dental hygienist use a dental drill?

Might dental hygienist use a dental drill?

Dental hygienist: Dental hygienist or dental assistants are not allowe to use a high speed hand piece inside patients mouth. If you are referring to the ultrasonic hygiene cleaning instrument, they are allowed to use that. I hope that answers your question. ...Read more

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Should a dentist or an orthodontist perform my orthodontic work?

Should a dentist or an orthodontist perform my orthodontic work?

No brainer: Orthodontists have at least 2 full years of specialty residency training after completing dental school, hundreds of hours of continuing education primary in Orthodontics, and do nothing but malocclusion correction all day long. GP's do primarily esthetic cosmetic restorative treatment, have no residency training, have divided their continuing education hours up among all the dental disciplines. ...Read more

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Who should get dental sealants?

Anyone: Generally speaking, sealants are used in children. However, they are beneficial in adults as well...If the adult patient is at high risk for tooth decay. Sealants work by filling in the deep grooves in the teeth, thus taking away "hiding places" for plaque bacteria which cause cavities. ...Read more

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What do orthodontics, endodontics and periodontics dentist do?

What do orthodontics, endodontics and periodontics dentist do?

-: Orthodontists correct malpositioned teeth. Endodontists treat infections and issues that arise within a tooth and periodontists treat infections and issues related to the supporting structure of our teeth. ...Read more

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Can I see a dental hygienest without seeing dentist?

Fear of the Dentist: A Dental Hygienist may, in certain states, be able to practice without a dentist on the premises. However, a dental hygienist, in most states, is not permitted to diagnose dental diseases. My first question is the motive not to see the dentist. Is it fear, financial, time constraints. The dentist and hygienist work as a team to help diagnose and treat dental diseases. Please allow them to help! ...Read more

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Who to see for TMJ issues: pcp or dentist?

Who to see for TMJ issues: pcp or dentist?

Specialist Dentist: A primary care md will know next to nothing about TMJ issues. The same applies to a general practice dentist. Ask your dental society to recommend a dentist with expertise in TMJ disorders. ...Read more

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Can a dental assistant construc custom made restorative and dental appliances?

Can a dental assistant construc custom made restorative and dental appliances?

DA duties: The laws regarding what dental auxiliaries can and cannot do varies from state to state and is constantly changing. You can contact the state education professional licensing department in your state to know for sure what is legal and what is not. ...Read more

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Is clinical dental hygiene or dental assistant a good career path?

Is clinical dental hygiene or dental assistant a good career path?

Yes, but ...: I am biased. Just like any career paths, you have to make sure it is what you enjoy doing. Usually we work 4 days/wk, so you will enjoy 3 days off. Dental hygienists will make more $, but they require more training. I would recommend observing or shadowing in dental offices before deciding on a career path. ...Read more

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How are dental assistant and dental hygenist different?

How are dental assistant and dental hygenist different?

Dental assistant: A dental hygienist must complete 2 years of training and receive a degree at a recognized dental hygiene school, which is often associated with a dental school. A dental assistant is not required to have training through a school or college, although it is recommended. Some dentists can train the assistant on their own, assuming they have time in a busy day. Continuing ed is a must for both. ...Read more

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How often do dentists need panoramic dental x-rays?

How often do dentists need panoramic dental x-rays?

Depends on patient: A a general rule, panoramic radiographs are taken every three to five years. However, in monitoring some conditions, a panoramic radiograph may be needed as often as once a year to a couple of times in a year. Make sure your dentist informs you as to why you would need radiographs on a different schedule other than the norm. ...Read more

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A well known dentist specialised in cosmetic dentistry vs an orthodontist specialist. Who will be better for invisalign? Both r elite premium provider

A well known dentist specialised in cosmetic dentistry vs an orthodontist specialist. Who will be better for invisalign? Both r elite premium provider

Experience!: Like much else in life, experience cannot be gained from reading/dreaming about it. So, one doc who has lots of school training, but just got out will not have as much experience doing the procedure vs one who did not have as much school but has been doing it for eons and has good results in the community--that is the one to pick. Talk to the people in your community! good luck. ...Read more

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Cosmetic dentistry & dental implant. Done by same dentists?

Cosmetic dentistry & dental implant. Done by same dentists?

Could be.: We like to think that all dentists are cosmetic dentists! cosmetic dentistry is not a speciality. Though some general dentists may place and restore dental implants, dental implants are often placed by specialists such as oral surgeons and periodontists. The general dentists or prosthodontist then places the crown on top of the implant. ...Read more

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Should I see a TMJ specialist or therapist for teeth clenching?

Should I see a TMJ specialist or therapist for teeth clenching?

Teeth clenching: Most people clench their teeth due to stress. Visit with a dentist or orthodontist to discuss your options. Maybe just a night guard will be needed but a full diagnosis or treatment option can't be formulated without an exam. ...Read more

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