A Burlingame Portland dentist also referred to as a dental specialist, is a professional who specifically practices dentistry, which means the diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and care of oral diseases and conditions. The dentist’s team of supporting staff helps in giving oral healthcare services to patients. The services of a dentist include but are not limited to, teeth examination, relevant tests for growth and condition of the teeth, relevant referral of patients to appropriate specialists, x-rays, consultation with the patient on possible treatments and procedures, and the provision of post-treatment care.
A Burlingame Portland dentist may obtain a degree in dentistry at an accredited dental college. In case of unsuccessful graduation, a dentist may still opt to take up an advanced degree course to prepare him/her for a career as a specialist. Several dental specialties are available such as orthodontic, periodontic, prosthodontic, public health, oral surgery, craniofacial, vision care, cosmetic, pediatric, adult dental health, and family dentistry to name a few. Each of these has its own distinct discipline and offers distinct services to patients requiring specialized services.
An additional task that the dentist usually performs is the diagnosing of oral health problems. Dentists have the expertise and experience to properly diagnose various conditions and diseases that can affect the health of individuals. They have the knowledge of the symptoms pertinent to various diseases, the relevant medical history of the patient, the presenting signs and symptoms, and other relevant details necessary to make an accurate diagnosis and thus, provide the necessary oral health care and treatments.
Dentists are also well-versed in oral health maintenance, which includes regular cleaning of teeth and gums. This is a necessary part of their profession as cleaning the teeth and gums will prevent further damage and erosion of teeth and gum tissues. During toothbrush brushing, the dentist cleans each tooth individually and thoroughly removes plaque, tartar, and any deposits that may inhibit the smooth flow of saliva. Gums also need proper attention and care, as they are more prone to bacterial infection.
Dentists are helped by dental hygienists who perform a very important task in dental care. She is responsible for taking, preserving, preparing, and applying dental instruments and supplies. She is also a communicator between the dentist and the patient. The hygienist carries out a simple yet challenging exam on patients to determine any disease or abnormality that may be there in the tooth, jaws, or tongue. This exam allows for the dentist to give appropriate treatment and to know what to do in case there is a need for surgery.