Many different types of oral health care providers could become involved in the care of your teeth, gums, and mouth. A general dentist is your primary care dental provider. General dentists are educated and trained on all dental procedures. Instead of specializing in just one area of dentistry, they provide a variety of services for you and your family.

Here are some examples:

  • Crowns & Bridges
  • Dentures
  • Gum Disease Treatment
  • Home Care Instruction
  • Oral surgery
  • Orthodontics
  • Restorative care
  • Root Canal Therapy
  • Sealants
  • Teeth cleanings
  • Tobacco Cessation
  • TMD/TMJ therapy

All practicing general dentists have earned either a DDS or DMD degree, there’s no difference between the two degrees or the curriculum requirements that dentists must meet; the college or university determines the type of degree earned.

After three or more years of undergraduate education, four years of dental school is required to become a general dentist; postgraduate training is required to become a dental specialist.

If you need a specialized dental procedure performed, your general dentist may work with other dentists to make sure you get the care you need; your general dentist cares about long-term dental health for you and your family.

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