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Can dentists practice general dentistry while pursuing a specialty like orthodontics?

Sure: If you have successfully passed the boards and have a license in your locality, you can practice according to those documents. Having time to do so while in a full time graduate program is another issue, however. ...Read more

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Dr. Gary Sandler
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Dentistry (Definition)

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


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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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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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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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Dental experts! what is worse- braces or invisalign?

Dental experts! what is worse- braces or invisalign?

Your choice: Traditional braces are cheaper, faster and more effective. So why do people choose invisalign? Aesthetics. Think i'd ask, which is better, not which is worse-- both will give you an awesome smile when you're done! ...Read more

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General or local anesthesia for wisdom teeth removal?

General or local anesthesia for wisdom teeth removal?

Depends: Depends on patient, location of teeth, insurance. For best results, see an oral surgeon for exam/options. The oral surgeon has the widest array of anesthetic and surgical options. ...Read more

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Differences between a general dental assistant and an orthodontic assistant?

Differences between a general dental assistant and an orthodontic assistant?

Training: Dental and orthodontic assistants act as an extra pair of hands for the practitioner. Many tasks performed are the same, many differ. Depends on the needs of the practitioner. ...Read more

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Are braces and tooth extraction considered a cosmetic procedure?

Are braces and tooth extraction considered a cosmetic procedure?

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 more

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How are cosmetic dentistry and orthodontic different?

How are cosmetic dentistry and orthodontic different?

Huge difference: While both doctors aim to improve the appearance of your teeth, the orthodontist will do it by moving your teeth while the cosmetic dentist will alter your teeth while leaving them where they are. ...Read more

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Who is the most experience by volume of cases completed to do dental implants.. Periodontics, Prosthodontics, or oral & Maxillofacial surgeon.


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 more

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Why can't an orthodontist or dmd or dds do the same thing as the general dentists?

Why can't an orthodontist or dmd or dds do the same thing as the general dentists?

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 more

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What dental procedures can general practitioners do?

What dental procedures can general practitioners do?

Dentist: My recommendation is for you to get most dental procedures performed at a dentist. Wishing you the very best! ...Read more

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Is there a teeth straightening surgery in today's modern dental procedures?

Is there a teeth straightening surgery in today's modern dental procedures?

Tooth straightening : There is a surgery that can accompany braces that may decrease tx time by 50-75%. Look for a dr trained in a procedure called wilcodontics or aoo. Basically they create inflammation and a potent healing response a around your teeth so they all move faster. ...Read more

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Is versed (midazolam) for wisdom teeth extraction considered general anesthetic?

Is versed (midazolam) for wisdom teeth extraction considered general anesthetic?

No: Midazolam (versed) is a powerful but relatively short-acting benzodiazepine used for sedation before surgery. It is not an anesthetic agent. Other medications are used for general anesthesia. ...Read more

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I'm wondering about extraction of teeth for orthodontic treatment, is it an orthodontist's job or dentist's?

I'm wondering about extraction of teeth for orthodontic treatment, is it an orthodontist's job or dentist's?

Dentist: An orthodontist limits his/her practice to the specialty of orthodontia. The extractions are surgical in nature, and usually are not performed by the orthodontist, nor are they included in the orthodontist's fee. ...Read more

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Is general anesthesia worth the cost for impacted wisdom teeth?

Is general anesthesia worth the cost for impacted wisdom teeth?

Yes: If your wisdom teeth are impacted then sedation is a great option so tha you will be comfortable. It is worth the extra cost. However discuss your options with your doctor. ...Read more

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Wisdom teeth removal: local anesthetic, sedation, or general anesthesia? Which one is better?

Wisdom teeth removal: local anesthetic, sedation, or general anesthesia? Which one is better?

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 more

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How much would a cosmetic procedure such as dental veneers cost in singapore?

How much would a cosmetic procedure such as dental veneers cost in singapore?

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 more

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Can cosmetic dentistry pull teeth out, such as veneers, implants, etc ?

Can cosmetic dentistry pull teeth out, such as veneers, implants, etc ?

Yes: Dentists have the training to pull teeth. A cosmetic dentist prefer to perform cosmetic dentistry but have the skills and experience to pull teeth as well ...Read more

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Dr. Arnold Malerman
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Orthodontics (Definition)

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