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General Dentistry Or Orthodontics
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 ...Read more
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 49 more doctor answers
To whom?: Some dental insurance companies may not have covered charges for orthodontic treatment. It all depends upon the contract. Extractions for non-orthodontic purposes are usually a covered expense, but may or may not be when part of an orthodontic treatment plan. Personally, i consider correcting malocclusions both cosmetic and functional improvements. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Who is the most experience by volume of cases completed to do dental implants.. Periodontics, Prosthodontics, or oral & Maxillofacial surgeon.
Depends: All depends on your location and the specialists there. Most important is the level of expertise for your needs. Volume probably goes to the Oral Surgeons, then Perio, then Prostho. Best bet is to see the Prosthodontist first as they will be the captain of the restorative ship. If the implant is not properly positioned, it may compromise the result. Often a team is in place. Good Luck. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Training: An orthodontist has 3 more years of training in specifically orthodontics which is a very complicated field. A dds or dmd is a general dentist degree. Although a general dentist can perform orthodontics, their training is not to the level of an orthodontist. It is similar to a family practice physician delivering a baby. They can do it legally, but an obstetrician is going to be safer. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
I'm wondering about extraction of teeth for orthodontic treatment, is it an orthodontist's job or dentist's?
Depends: Local anesthetic is always the safest. However, for healthy people, anesthesia procedures in an oral surgeon's office is statistically very safe. Most surgeons use a deep sedation or general anesthetic technique. In my office, general anesthesia is preferred because i can use medications that are short acting and make you feel good and alert instead of nauseated and sleepy afterwards. ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
Seeking treatment: When one requires or wishes medical or dental treatment, one should look for quality care by a trained, experienced and reputable health care provider. Looking for bargains, especially when it comes to your own medical or dental health often results in unexpected disaster and costs you more in the end, sometimes with problems that cannot be even be reversed. Choose wisely and you won't be sorry. ...Read moreSee 6 more doctor answers
An orthodontist is a dentist who has had additional years of schooling in the discipline of facial and oral structures. They use braces and appliances to align the jaws and teeth for proper form and function. Straighter teeth not only look good, but also allow better oral hygiene, less periodontal ...Read more