*The goal of the dental team is to provide optimal care of the oral cavity for all patients *Dental team members can work in: – – – – Group or specialty practice Schools Government or community clinics Dental insurance companies .

*Education – 6-year degree from college or university and dental school training – 2 years of additional training for specialty – National examination required for licensure .

tissue grafts. injury and malformations of the teeth and mouth *Improve a patient’s appearance by using a variety of cosmetic procedures *Perform surgical procedures such as implants. and extractions *Educate patients *Perform research – improving oral health and developing new treatments .*Diagnose and Treat diseases.

or other examinations. biochemical. • Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology • concerned with the production and interpretation of images that are used for the diagnosis and management of diseases. identification. and management of diseases affecting the oral and maxillofacial regions.Specialties of Practice • Endodontics • concerned with the human dental pulp and periradicular tissues • Oral and maxillofacial pathology • deals with the nature. microscopic. • includes research and diagnosis of diseases using clinical. radiographic. disorders and conditions of the oral and maxillofacial region. .

Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics *includes the diagnosis.Specialties of Practice *Oral and maxillofacial surgery * concerned with the diagnosis. prevention. as well as neuromuscular and skeletal abnormalities of the developing or mature orofacial structures. surgical and * adjunctive treatment of diseases. and correction of malocclusion. interception. . injuries and defects involving both the hard and soft tissues of the oral and maxillofacial region.

diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the supporting and surrounding tissues of the teeth . with applied dental research. comfort.Specialties of Practice * Pediatric Dentistry * Periodontics * Prosthodontics * encompasses the prevention. and with the administration of group dental care programs . appearance and health of patients with missing or deficient teeth and/or oral and maxillofacial tissues * Public health dentistry * form of dental practice which serves the community as a patient rather than the individual * concerned with the dental health education of the public. treatment planning.Gums * specialty pertaining to the diagnosis. rehabilitation and maintenance of the oral function.

Education – 2-year community college – 4-year college or university program – Completion of accredited program and national examination for state licensing .

*Records patient’s health history *Removes calculus and plaque *Examines teeth and oral structures *Screens for oral cancer and blood pressure abnormalities *Counsels and teaches patients *Applies preventive materials such as sealants and flurides .

to 2-year accredited program – Certification through the Dental Assisting National Board .* Education – 1.

*Assists dentist with a variety of treatment procedures – works with dental instruments and materials *Prepares and sterilizes instruments and equipment *Takes and processes X-rays *Performs a variety of office management tasks .

* Education – Primarily on-the-job training – Certification available through the National Association of Dental Laboratories .

chrome.– Creates replacement for natural teeth – Uses artistic talent and “high tech” methods to create customized. hand-crafted dental restorations made from gold. alloys and ceramics .

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