Dentists are often asked if they are really doctors. The answer is yes! A dentist is a doctor of oral health, specializing in the treatment of diseases of the teeth, gums and oral tissues. The time required to become a dentist is the same as that necessary to become a doctor and the degree awarded is usually a DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) or a DMD (Doctor of Dental Medicine).
So My Dentist is a Doctor?
Your dentist is indeed a doctor, but that doesn’t mean that we are here to take the role of your general practitioner (GP). View our Sacramento dentists like you would any other medical specialist. If your eyes have a problem, your doctor sends you to an ophthalmologist. And if your teeth or gums are having difficulty, your doctor should send you to a dentist.
In the same way, our dentists are trained, much like a GP, to recognize the signs of diseases that express their symptoms in the oral cavity. Sexually transmitted diseases, cancers, nose disorders, and sleep apnea all can be found and diagnosed with the help of a dentist, but the treatment may be directed by a client’s GP or another medical specialist.
The Benefits of Having a Dentist/Doctor
Like a doctor, the discussions you have with a dentist are covered by the rules of confidentiality. The same laws and ethics that affect the rest of the medical profession also govern your dental records and the information we collect about your health. This should give you the necessary confidence to answer our professional questions directly and honestly, because our only interest is in your continued good health.
For more information about our dentists and their training, visit our biography pages here at the Sacramento Dentistry Group.