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A dentist is a practitioner that specialises in oral health. Their responsibilities include the treatment and prevention of oral and gum disease, promoting oral health, diagnosis of oral diseases, performing cleans and surgical procedures on the teeth, gums and oral cavity.
Teeth are one of the most vital parts of the body, and your dentist would recommend a check-up every six months. Apart from the cleaning of the teeth and gums from plaque, tartar, and cavities, there are other factors such as oral cancer detection, gum disease, and lymph node checks.
There are 6 types of dental specialists, these include:
Pediatric Dentist – dentists that deal with infants and children
Endodontist – a specialist that performs root canal treatments
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon – deals with functional and aesthetic aspects of the hard and soft tissues of the oral and maxillofacial area
Orthodontist – a specialist that treat irregularities of the teeth, bite, and jaws
Periodontist – deals with gum related disease and implants
Prosthodontist – deals with prosthetics, crowns and bridges
The cost of each consultation depends on the insurance that you have. Some insurance covers between 30% - 50% of the consultation costs. A usual consultation can be around AED 100 - AED 500.
There are symptoms to dental trouble that patients should note, these may include bad breath, swollen gums, bleeding gums, sensitive and tender teeth.
The most common dental procedures available are:
Dental Bridges: A dental bridge restores a gap created by one or more missing teeth, by crowning the teeth on either side of the gap, a false tooth or teeth can be placed between them.
Dental Crowns: A crown is a cap that is used to cover a bad tooth. Crowns will be able to make the tooth functioning again and will also protect the tooth and restore a broken tooth
Dental Fillings: A filling is performed by the dentist to restore a damaged or broken tooth after the decay is removed. Fillings can be made from gold, silver, plastic or porcelain.
Root canal treatment: A root canal is a treatment to remove the nerve and pulp of a tooth to prevent further infection or decay.
Scale and polish: A regular procedure for cleaning the oral area of a patient. The dentist will clean around the gum line and may also try to remove staining of the teeth
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