Dentists serve you ceaselessly in your food assimilation processes, yet get little or no attention at all. Whenever you need to ingest food, they are there, working away. They are hardly noticed, and yet without them it would be impossible to even chew food, let alone swallow. Your teeth are such an integral part of everyday life. It’s only fair for you to give them the treatment they deserve when it is necessary. There are so many people with varying problems with their teeth. Each needs to be dealt with in a certain way and each need to be given a lot of care. Hence visiting a dentist occasionally can ensure your oral health.
When the word dentist springs to mind, it is always assumed that they are like doctors, only their patients are your teeth. In a sense this is true, and yet it is amazing how many things actually go into being a good dentist. It is not just about extracting teeth and prescribing pain-killers. There are so many different problems that people have with their teeth. For example, sometimes a patient may have his or her front teeth growing outward and out of line. The commonly adopted method of treatment for this is wearing braces. Otherwise, there may be a single tooth or a number of teeth that are badly decayed or infected. In this case a surgery known as root canal needs to be performed. This is extremely sensitive and difficult, as it involves removing and cleaning the nerve and then sealing the tooth.
Apart from this, there is a huge market for dentists in prescribing dentures or ‘false teeth’ for the aged, once their natural teeth have run their course. Even this is changing now to keep with the competition and improving scientific infrastructure. The new procedure is to implant small biologically compatible devices in the patient’s teeth, so as to provide better support to the ridges, for dentures. The advantage with this is that these implants themselves are made of similar material to the bone and so the implant tends to bond with the bone itself. This can help the elderly to chew without hard effort.
Apart from this there is another field of dentistry which is gaining huge popularity. It is called cosmetic dentistry and it involves sprucing up the patient’s teeth for a good smile or whatever other purpose. The teeth are filled with porcelain or similar composite materials in case of a cavity. Otherwise, there are numerous techniques like teeth whitening or polishing. Or, sometimes certain cosmetics are surgically stuck to the teeth to improve appearance. It is always comfortable to have a perfect smile, because your smile can convey the character of yours.