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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

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Dr. Gary Sandler
1,483 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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