What is General Dentistry?
General dentistry includes all those services which are encompassed by primary dental care. This takes in diagnostics, treatments, and management of overall oral healthcare, which at any time might call for gum care, fillings, root canals, bridges, crowns, veneers, and a host of other services. It also generally includes preventive education which is imparted to the patient, so they can manage their own health care at home in between dental appointments.
Practicing general dentists will all have earned either a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS
), or a Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree. Both of these degrees require the same body of knowledge to be studied, and the difference is primarily in the preference of an individual University. In order to become a general dentist, it will be necessary to undergo at least three years of undergraduate education, in addition to another four years of dental school. To achieve some type of specialty within the field of dentistry, additional postgraduate training would be required.