Differences Between a General Dentist and Family Dentist

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The general dentist is the first line of defense against oral health issues ranging from cavities to oral cancer. But what makes them different from a family dentist like Dr. Tamatha C. Pantano, DMD?

To answer this question, we must first understand what a general dentist is and what they do.

The general dentist

An individual has to undergo many years of undergraduate and dental school education as well as residency training before they can qualify to practice as a general dentist. While their duties have evolved over the decades, the general dentist today is chiefly concerned with taking excellent care of your teeth and mouth.

The general dentist prevents and repairs damage caused by tooth decay, gum disease, and other types of oral infections. They treat orthodontic problems such as impacted wisdom teeth, overbites, and underbites, as well as issues resulting from physical trauma, including broken or knocked-out teeth. They can also make your teeth more aesthetically pleasing.

Here are just some of the services the general dentist provides:

  • Comprehensive dental exams
  • Digital x-rays
  • Deep cleanings
  • Crown and bridgework
  • White composite fillings
  • Tooth extractions
  • Root canals
  • Cosmetic dentistry
  • Aesthetic dentures

If unable to offer a patient the appropriate treatment, a respectable general dentist will refer them to a dental specialist—a kind of dentist trained to treat more specific issues.

The family dentist

The family dentist goes through the same rigorous training as the general dentist. Both types provide the same services.

However, the general dentist specializes in dental treatments for patients of a specific age range. For instance, they may treat only adults or only children.

In contrast, the family dentist treats all ages. Therefore, instead of visiting different dentists, a single-family can bring their toddler, teenage child, spouse, or grandparent to the same family dentist.

Family dentists also educate patients about oral care techniques, whether that means teaching a child how to brush properly or an elderly patient how to clean their dentures.

Regardless of these differences, you can expect both the general dentist and family dentist to provide you a warm and welcoming experience at the clinic, and the excellent oral care you need for a healthy, happy smile.

If you have any more questions about the general dentist or family dentist, please don’t hesitate to contact our Audubon Dental Center of Clinton clinic at (301) 856-1122 or via our website. We’d be happy to hear from you!

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