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SMILE ENGINEERS KNOW YOUR SPECIALISTS DENTIST OR GENERAL DENTAL PRACTITIONER A dentist is a healthcare professional qualified to practice dentistry after graduating with a degree from a University Dental School. You might have noticed some letters after their names such as BDS which stands for Bachelor of Dental Surgery or DDS - Doctor of Dental Surgery. Most dental degree courses take between 4-6 years of study and clinical experience working with patients under supervision. In most countries dentists are called “Doctors” because their training is very similar to that of their medical colleagues. IMPLANTOLOGIST Implantology is a branch of dentistry that involves inserting an artificial tooth into a patient's jaw. An implantologist is a dentist who specialises in implant planning and placement. There are several types of dental implants; the most widely accepted and successful is the osseointegrated implant, based on the discovery by Swedish Professor Per-Ingvar Brånemark that titanium can be successfully fused into bone. A variation on the implant procedure is the implantsupported bridge, or implant-supported denture. PAEDODONTIST A paedodontist is a dentist who specialises in the care of children's teeth. These specialists help train children to accept dentistry. They restore and maintain the baby, mixed, and permanent teeth. They employ preventive measures for dental caries and periodontal disease and help correct various problems of the bite. PROSTHODONTIST A prosthodontist is a specialist who can replace and restore damaged or missing teeth using various techniques including crowns and bridges. They have spent additional years of post graduate study advancing their knowledge, skill, and ability. A prosthodontist is a diagnostic and treatmentplanning expert who deals commonly with complex dental problems. Multidisciplinary dental treatment requires teamwork. A prosthodontist will usually network in a team to achieve optimal long-term dental health. PERIODONTIST A periodontist is a dental specialist with expertise in diagnosing, preventing and treating gum disease. A Periodontist specialises in the diagnosis and surgical and non-surgical treatment of diseases and conditions of the supporting structures of the teeth (periodontium). Periodontists are experts in the management of patients with periodontal diseases including gingivitis, periodontitis and gum recession. ENDODONTIST An endodontist is a dentist specialising in diseases of the dental pulp and nerve. Endodontics is the branch of dentistry which focuses on the morphology, physiology, and pathology of the dental pulp and its surrounding tissues. Endodontists understand the etiology, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases and injuries of the internal part of the teeth. ORAL AND MAXILLOFACIAL SURGEON An oral and maxillofacial surgeon is a specialist who treats the entire skeletal frame work of the head and neck including the anatomical area of the mouth, jaws, face, skull and other associated structures. They are essentially plastic surgeons specialising on the head and neck. Maxillofacial surgeons are usually initially qualified in dentistry and have undergone further surgical training. Most maxillofacial surgeons have qualifications in dentistry and medicine. LAB TECHNICIANS An orthodontic laboratory technician, is a dental technician who works with orthodontists to design, fabricate, custom-fit and repair teeth-straightening devices such as braces and retainers. Dental laboratory technicians make crowns, bridges and other dental devices. 28 Smiles & F aces The Comprehensive Guide To Orthodontics Octagon Orthodontics www.octagonorthodontics.com AN INTRODUCTION TO ORTHODONTICS


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