Dentist

A Dentist, or

Dental Surgeon

, is a person qualified to diagnosis and treat conditions and diseases of the oral cavity (mouth). Services provided include: treatment of

tooth decay

(

cavaties

), professional teeth cleaning (sometimes carried out by a

Dental Hygienist

), restorative work (dental restorations, crowns, bridges), orthodontics (

braces

), prosthodontic (

dentures

,

dental implants

, crown/bridge), endodontic (

root canal

) therapy, periodontal (gum) therapy, and oral surgery (

extraction

of teeth), as well as performing examinations, taking radiographs (x-rays) and diagnosis.

Dentists

can also prescribe medications such as antibiotics, fluorides, pain killers, local anesthetics, sedatives/hypnotics and any other medication that serve in the treatment of the various conditions that arise in the head and neck.

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