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Dr. Gary Sandler
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Dentistry (Overview)

The branch of medicine that is involved in the study, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases, disorders and conditions of the oral cavity, maxillofacial area and the adjacent and associated structures and their impact on the human body. Dentistry is widely considered necessary for complete overall health. Those who practice dentistry are known as dentists.


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What is undercut in dentistry?

What is undercut in dentistry?

An area of a tooth: An undercut is the result of preparing a tooth for a restoration. Sometimes it is a desired result such as with an amalgam filling or an undesired result of a crown prep. Physically it is when you look at the tooth from different directions some areas are blocked from view by bulky tooth structure. The image shows the undercut regions for a crown. ...Read more

Dr. Gary Sandler
1,497 Doctors shared insights

Dentistry (Overview)

The branch of medicine that is involved in the study, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases, disorders and conditions of the oral cavity, maxillofacial area and the adjacent and associated structures and their impact on the human body. Dentistry is widely considered necessary for complete overall health. Those who practice dentistry are known as dentists.


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What makes dentistry so competitive?

What makes dentistry so competitive?

Capitalism: Dentistry is not an exact science even though most dentists are licensed or go to accredited schools. There are many differences between the knowledge and expertise of dentists. That's why some feel that they can charge more and rightfully so. Do not look at dentistry as a commodity. Not all fillings crowns and dentists are the same. Research and shop around. ...Read more

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What disciplines of dentistry are these?

What disciplines of dentistry are these?

Dental fields: There are several disciplines in dentistry, including: general or family, pediatric, esthetic, periodontal, endodontic, prosthodontic, and oral maxilla-facial surgery. ...Read more

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What per cent of metal is used in dentistry?

What per cent of metal is used in dentistry?

It Varies: This is a very broad question and could have all kinds of answers. It all depends on what we are talking about. There are stainless steel posts and crowns that are 100% metal. There are fillings that are a mixture of different metals, there are crowns that can be alloys of gold, silver, palladium and platinum. You would have to ask about a specific procedure to get an accurate answer. ...Read more

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How has dentistry evolved in the last decade?

Beauty & Comfort: It's easier than ever to get a nice looking smile. And people are more aware than ever the first impression that a great smile makes.
We have things like lasers and porcelain veneers to make any smile amazing!
there is also an emphasis on making dentistry more comfortable whether it's sedation and being asleep, or many other methods to improve relaxation. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: dentistry?

What is the definition or description of: dentistry?

Dentistry is...: The branch of medicine that is involved in the study, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases, disorders and conditions of the oral cavity, maxillofacial area and the adjacent and associated structures and their impact on the human body. Dentistry is widely considered necessary for complete overall health. Those who practice dentistry are known as dentists. ...Read more

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Which career would you rather do: dentistry vs medicine?

Which career would you rather do: dentistry vs medicine?

Well, for me...: I chose dentistry for the following reasons - I like to see my patients on a regular basis and I enjoy seeing immediate results from what I do. We can easily see a cavity fixed, a smile made beautiful, teeth straightened out. Medicine can take longer to see a result. Both careers are dedicated to helping others, but I chose dentistry, so am clearly biased. :o). ...Read more

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How has dentistry practice evolved in these past few years?

How has dentistry practice evolved in these past few years?

Many areas: Technology has changed dentistry in the areas of x-rays, crowns, fillings, diagnosing cavities, pain control, root canals, implants, and treatment and prevention of cavities. ...Read more

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What kind of person would do well in dentistry without local?

What kind of person would do well in dentistry without local?

Older person: I am guessing you mean local anesthesia? Most of the time my older patients who don't have as much pulp (nerve) in the tooth do good without local. As people age, the pulp chamber tends to shrink and the teeth don't have as much "feeling". ...Read more

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Why is it that composite is so hard to get right in dentistry?

Why is it that composite is so hard to get right in dentistry?

Composites: Composite dentistry is technique sensitive. Using the proper materials and procedures are essential to achieving a durable, pain free, cosmetic result. ...Read more

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What is a medicine or dentistry which career would you rather do?

What is a medicine or dentistry which career would you rather do?

Me or you?: I'm happy with my choice of dentistry. But that's me. I can't tell you what is best for you. Different strokes for different folks. If you are trying to decide which one is best for you, ask your current dentist and physician if you can observe in their offices. That may help with your decision. It's not what the majority favor but what you would enjoy. Picking a career can be a tough decision. ...Read more

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Are there many fields and specialities for dentistry? What are the major of them?

Are there many fields and specialities for dentistry? What are the major of them?

There are 9: The recognized specialties are endodontics (root canals), periodontics (gum disease), orthodontics (braces), oral surgery, radiology, pathology, prosthodontics, dental public health, and pediatrics. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how can a PC help on working out physical measurement in dentistry?

Can you tell me how can a PC help on working out physical measurement in dentistry?

Computers: Computers help us do much but with the advent of three dimensional scanning and impressing we can help measure just about anything in the mouth. Things to google are cbct and 3d impressions. ...Read more

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In dentistry, what is an MO and an ML?

In dentistry, what is an MO and an ML?

Location location: The letters you are asking about are tooth locations. They tell us where on a tooth a problem is located.
MO is Mesial/Occlusal. ML is Mesial/Lingual. B is Buccal. D is Distal etc. Dentistry does have it's own lingo. ...Read more

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What's pulpitis (dentistry)?

What's pulpitis (dentistry)?

Inflammation: Inflammation of the pulp where the nerves and blood supply of the tooth is. ...Read more

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What does bmp mean in dentistry?

What does bmp mean in dentistry?

Bmp's: BMP stands for Bone Morphogenic Proteins. These are found in red blood cells and promote bone growth. BLood can be extracted via an IV from a patient, put in a centrifuge to get the red blood cells out and used in several oral surgery procedures to enhance bone growth (speed it up) when referring to bone grafts and implant placement. It is a costly procedure, but works well ...Read more

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What does bmp mean in dentistry?

What does bmp mean in dentistry?

Bone Morphogenic Pro: Many Dental Implants uses Bone Morphogenetic Proteins to heal bone & eliminate the need for bone graft harvesting from other parts of the body. ...Read more

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Is an Operculectomy (dentistry) painful?

No: The area to be removed is anesthetize so there will be no pain. You may be a little sore afterward ...Read more

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What are common inhalational agents in dentistry?

What are common inhalational agents in dentistry?

Nitrous oxide: "laughing gas" or nitrous oxide is the only commonly used inhalation agent used in dentistry. ...Read more

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What is the difference between dentistry & stomatology?

Varying opinions: Stomatology is a medical discipline which concerns the study of the mouth. Historically it was a recognized medical specialty in many regions of the world, although today people are more likely to refer to stomatology as “dental medicine, ” depending on where they are located. In some countries, it is still possible to specialize in stomatology as a discipline separate from dentistry. ...Read more

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How could humans treat cavities before modern dentistry?

How could humans treat cavities before modern dentistry?

Painful history: By 659 C.E. the Chinese were filling cavities with a mixture of silver, tin and mercury, or amalgam. Amalgam is still in use today. The only differance is a pain control, computers and the laser drill. Take care. ...Read more

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Hi doctors, was just wondering what is a good dentistry book?

Hi doctors, was just wondering what is a good dentistry book?

Ask Us: This forum is an ideal place for your questions about Dentistry. One or more of the dentists on HealthTap will be glad to explain. We look forward to your questions! ...Read more

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Which field of dentistry specializes in doing inlays / onlays?

Which field of dentistry specializes in doing inlays / onlays?

Prosthodontics: Inay and onlays are restorative dentistry. They are done by general dentists and prosthodontists. In addition, they can be fabricated in a lab or by cad-cam process. Cerec does a beautiful job in a single visit making them out of very strong porcelains. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: preventive dentistry?

What is the definition or description of: preventive dentistry?

Prevention: This is what all dentist want to achieve with their patients. The use of home care items such as Fluoride toothpaste, water-piks, peroxide, Peridex (chlorhexidine gluconate) (an antimicrobial mouth rinse), Fluoride liquid as well as gel forms, and oral hygiene instructions are pivotal in combating cavities, periodontal disease, and general oral health. The most important prevention is education. ...Read more

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Can you please give me a technical description of sleep dentistry?

Can you please give me a technical description of sleep dentistry?

Sleep disorder Rx: Sometimes the airway is compromised during sleep. A sleep study will be needed to find out the causes. Sometimes a dental device can be used to help keep the airway open with or without a cpap. Talk to your dentist or get a referral if you have further questions. ...Read more

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What is a good way to deal with, or resolve cavities without the help of dentistry?

What is a good way to deal with, or resolve cavities without the help of dentistry?

Prevention: The best solution to the cavity problem is to avoid foods that contribute to decay, brush and floss your teeth and having regular dental care. Avoiding dental checkups, cleaning, cavity repair and periodontal evaluation and treatment as required is never a good idea. This is definitely not a do-it-yourself project. ...Read more

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Please help! What is the hepatic system and in what way is it related to dentistry?

Anesthesia: The hepatic system which includes the liver, produces enzymes which help metabolize many of the local anesthetics used in dentistry. Patients with significant liver disease may have a more difficult time with local anesthesia and are more prone to bleeding. ...Read more

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What's the difference between fellowship, board, master & phd in medicine and dentistry?

What's the difference between fellowship, board, master & phd in medicine and dentistry?

Suffixes to names: Masters degrees and PhD degrees are non-medical degrees. They are "graduate" degrees (in anything of interest to the graduate student), meaning they are done after getting a bachelor's degree in college. A board is an organization (has rules for membership) that in medicine is usually for each specialty. A fellow would be a doctor who has been recognized as achieving the criteria set by a board. ...Read more

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If I hate chemistry the most, is it better to enter medicine, dentistry, or pharamcy or none?

If I hate chemistry the most, is it better to enter medicine, dentistry, or pharamcy or none?

Public Health: Chemistry is needed to go on to medical, dental school and join pharmacy or any other medical field. What about Public Health? ...Read more

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What are caries in dentistry?

What are caries in dentistry?

Decay: Caries is a word that is used to describe dental decay. ...Read more