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General Dentists vs. Cosmetic Dentists: What’s the Difference?

General Dentists vs. Cosmetic dentists

Figuring out which type of dentist to see can be confusing. This blog post will help clear up the difference between general dentists and cosmetic dentists. Both types of dentists have similar educations, but they specialize in different areas. A general dentist is someone who provides routine dental care, while a cosmetic dentist specializes in procedures that improve the appearance of teeth. There are specific times when it is better to see one type of dentist over the other. Keep reading to learn more!

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When it comes to general and cosmetic dentists, there are a few key similarities that you should be aware of. First of all, both types of dentists have attended dental school and have earned a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) or Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree. In addition, both types of dentists are licensed based on their practice location. With that said, there are also some key differences between general and cosmetic dentists that you should be aware of.

A general dentist is someone who provides routine dental care. This includes cleaning teeth, filling cavities, and removing tartar buildup. General dentists also take x-rays of teeth and look for signs of tooth decay. If you have a regular dental checkup scheduled, you will see a general dentist.

In fact, you can think of your general dentist much like you would your primary healthcare provider. Just like you would see a family doctor for your yearly physical, you should see a general dentist at least twice a year for a routine cleaning and checkup. And just like your family doctor, your general dentist is someone you can go to with any questions or concerns about your oral health.

Conversely, a cosmetic dentist specializes in procedures that improve the appearance of teeth. This can include whitening teeth, straightening teeth, and bonding. Cosmetic dentists can also place veneers on teeth or dental implants in the jaw. If you are interested in improving the look of your smile, you should see a cosmetic dentist.

Despite the fact that cosmetic dentistry is not recognized as its own dental specialty, many cosmetic dentists still attend specialized training in order to offer cosmetic dental services. In fact, many cosmetic dentists have completed an accredited residency or fellowship program in cosmetic dentistry. This means that cosmetic dentists have the same experience as general dentists, plus additional specialized training.

So, when should you see one type over the other? There are specific times when it is better to see one type of dentist over the other. For example, if you have a cavity, you will need to see a general dentist to get it filled. If you want your teeth to be whitened, you will need to see a cosmetic dentist. In general, if you have any concerns about the appearance of your teeth, you should see a cosmetic dentist.

In Conclusion

In this blog post, we discussed the difference between general dentists and cosmetic dentists. Both types of dentists have similar educations, but they specialize in different areas. Hopefully this blog post has helped clear up the difference between general dentists and cosmetic dentists. Remember, both types of dentists are trained professionals who can help you with your dental needs. If you have any questions, be sure to ask your dentist during your next appointment. Thanks for reading!

Dental Staff of Fedorciw, Massoumi & Kolbig

Dr. Roman Fedorciw has been in private practice in Cromwell since 1991. He is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and the American Dental Association. He is also a member of the Connecticut Dental Association and Middlesex County Dental Association. Dr. Fedorciw has been acknowledged by his peers as one of the “Top Dentists” in Hartford County by Hartford Magazine and in the state of Connecticut by Connecticut Magazine.

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