Your family dentist has the same training any other dentist would have. The only difference between a family dentist and some other kind of dentist is that a family dentist offers services to the entire family, from the youngest pediatric patient to the oldest retiree.
A family dentist must graduate from a dental school which is accredited by the ADA, the American Dental Association’s Commission on Dental Accreditation. Becoming a qualified dentist by being admitted to dental school is extremely competitive. In addition to having a high grade point average and excellent interviews, applying students must take the Dental Admission Test, or DAT. Most of the students who are chosen to enter dental school have already earned bachelor’s degrees; however, some students earn their bachelor’s degrees while concurrently attending dental school.
There are two degrees available to dental students: Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS) or Doctorate of Dental Medicine (DMD). Both types take four years to earn: two years in clinical and natural science instruction in labs and in classrooms and two years “hands on” working under skilled, accredited dentists in dental clinics.
Many students begin to practice general dentistry upon graduation, but some choose to continue their study by pursuing postdoctoral degrees and becoming specialists. The ADA recognizes nine fields of specialization, including endodontics, periodontics and oral and maxillofacial surgery. Your family dentist may be certified in one of these areas. A good family dentist will continue to learn about the latest trends in technology, methodology and in materials through continuing education classes.
Different requirements are present for obtaining a license from state dental licensing boards. Some may require that licensed dentists in their state possess a cardiopulmonary resuscitation certification, or require such things as a background check, fingerprint verification or malpractice insurance. These requirements vary state by state.
If you have any questions regarding your family dentist’s certifications, most states allow you to search for licenses and to determine if there are any disciplinary actions against the holder of the license.
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Porcelain veneers are used in cosmetic dentistry to hide a variety of flaws, including chipped, broken, discolored and crooked teeth. These customized tooth-colored shells are bonded to the fronts of teeth to cover unsightly problems. If you are considering dental veneers, it can be helpful to know both the advantages and disadvantages you might encounter with this type of restoration.
- Veneers look very natural and it’s hard to distinguish them from real teeth. The thin, translucent porcelain provides a healthy look that reflects light naturally.
- They are strong and durable, able to withstand normal stress.
- Porcelain is a stain resistant material that maintains its original color even when exposed to staining items like coffee, red wine, or tea.
- Veneers are personalized for each patient and are made to fit the exact design agreed upon by the dentist and patient.
- Patients can select the exact shade of the veneers, making the brightness of their smile their choice.
- When the veneers are ready, placement is easy and your smile is immediately ready for proud display.
- There is no recovery period and dental care is the same as with regular teeth.
- Veneers correct numerous cosmetic imperfections, even able to hide gaps between teeth and make a crooked smile appear straight without having to wear braces.
- No special diet is required with dental veneers.
- A small amount of tooth enamel must be removed in order to attach veneers. Some patients with overly sensitive teeth may find this uncomfortable.
- Veneers are a permanent solution to your smile. Once you have dental veneers, you might choose to replace them in the future but you can never go without them again.
- Patients with gum disease or severe tooth decay may not be good candidates for veneers. Also, patients who grind their teeth are advised against veneers because of the increased risk of damaging them.
Good oral health care and regular checkups, as well as good genes, can all contribute to healthy teeth your whole life. As good as that sounds though, many people don’t achieve that goal without encountering at least one cavity along the way. Cavities, or holes in teeth, must be filled to prevent more damage. Cosmetic dentists offer a solution for filling cavities while avoiding the look of unsightly metal.
What kind of material was used in the past?
Amalgam has traditionally been the material for filling cavities. They were made of silver or gold material that repaired the cavity and saved the tooth’s structural integrity. Amalgam fillings were easy to perform and provided durability, but some patients weren’t happy with them for long.
Why change materials?
The problem with amalgam fillings is that they can corrode and turn dark in color over time. They may also wear after about ten years, increasing the risk of recurring tooth problems. For this reason, many cosmetic dentists recommend using composite resin instead for new fillings or even replacing old metal fillings with resin.
What is composite resin?
A type of plastic used for a wide variety of purposes, resin is very strong and durable and maintains its original color. Composite fillings are created using tooth-colored resin, making them blend well with natural teeth.
Who is a candidate for this restoration?
Anyone who needs a cavity filled is a candidate for composite resin fillings.
Is using composite resin better?
Many cosmetic dentists recommend using composite resin for fillings over the traditional amalgam material. Resin is more versatile, attractive, and can last a lifetime with good dental care.
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Thanks to cosmetic dentistry, you no longer have to settle for a less-than-perfect smile. Popular procedures and treatments such as teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, implants and Invisalign can make a dazzling smile part of your reality. If you are considering one or more cosmetic dental treatments, there are several questions you should pose to your potential cosmetic dentist:
- What procedures would you recommend to achieve the results I desire?
- Am I a good candidate for the procedure?
- What training do you have in this type of treatment?
- How much experience do you have in performing this procedure?
- What will my smile look like after treatment is complete?
- Can you show me before and after pictures of previous patients who have undergone the same procedure?
- Can you give referrals to previous patients who can provide feedback on the procedure?
- How long with the treatments or procedure take?
- Will there be restrictions on my activities or eating habits while undergoing treatment or recovery?
- How do you manage pain?
- What complications are possible and how are you prepared to handle them?
- How long can I expect the results to last?
- If I am unhappy with the results, what will you do to rectify the situation?
By taking the time to ask questions you can avoid unpleasant surprises and help to ensure a positive result to your cosmetic procedures and treatments. Weston, FL cosmetic dentist Dr. Thanos will be able to address your concerns and make you feel confident in her ability to achieve the results you desire for a more perfect smile.Read More »