Cosmetic Dentist Vs General Dentist

Both a general dentist and cosmetic dentist hold the same dental degree. A general dentist can only perform certain procedures. However, a cosmetic dentist can perform procedures that a general dentist has not been trained to. General dentistry focuses on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatments of problems. Prevention would consist of regular checkups and cleanings, and treatments consist of fillings, root canals, and tooth repair.  Cosmetic dentistry focuses on the beautification of your smile. Read on to find out more regarding the difference between a cosmetic dentist and a general dentist.

General Dentistry

A DDS and a DMD degree are the same degree with the same curriculum, and all general dentists have earned either one or the other. A DDS is a doctor of dental surgery and a DMD is a doctor of dental medicine. They are one in the same except that some schools award one while other schools award the other for the same program of study.

Cosmetic Dentistry

All cosmetic dentists are general dentists. The American Dental Association does not recognize cosmetic dentistry as a field of its own, but cosmetic dentists are highly trained in cosmetic dental procedures. Cosmetic dentists get their training by attending programs and courses dedicated to cosmetic techniques, procedures, and treatments. While general dentists can perform some cosmetic procedures such as whitening and dental bonding, a trained cosmetic dentist can perform or provide the following procedures as well:

  • Dental implants
  • Dental veneers
  • Crowns
  • Bridges
  • Bleaching
  • Clear braces

About Your Lake Forest Dentist

Aside from providing dependable family, general, and restorative dentistry services to our community, Dr. James Fondriest also holds respected academic appointments at the Pankey Institute in Key Biscayne, FL, and the Spear Institute in Scottsdale, AZ, and he is an adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Prosthodontics at the University of Florida Dental School. At Lake Forest Dental Arts, Dr. Fondriest combines his impressive array of experience with modern technology and caring, compassionate, knowledgeable staff, and we proudly serve patients from Chicago and all surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation, call our office today at (847) 234-0517.

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