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What’s a general dentist, and how can one help me with my oral health care?

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A general dentist is your primary care dental provider. She diagnoses, treats, and manages your gum care, root canals, fillings, crowns, veneers, bridges, and education.

General dentists have earned either a DDS (doctor of dental surgery) or DMD (doctor of dental medicine) degree. The degrees have the same requirements. Some schools award one degree, while others award the other.

Generally, a general dentist must have 3 or more years of undergraduate education plus 4 years of dental school.

SOURCES:

American Dental Association: "Dental Specialities."

Michigan Dental Association: "What Are the Dental Specialities?"

 

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on April 19, 2019

SOURCES:

American Dental Association: "Dental Specialities."

Michigan Dental Association: "What Are the Dental Specialities?"

 

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on April 19, 2019

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