Dokter Gigi (Dentist)

Kedokteran gigi adalah ilmu mengenai pencegahan dan perawatan penyakit atau kelainan pada gigi dan mulut melalui tindakan tanpa atau dengan pembedahan. Seseorang yang mempraktekkan ilmu kedokteran gigi disebut sebagai dokter gigi.

Dokter gigi mendiagnosa dan mengobati penyakit, dan kecelakaan abnormalities dari gigi dan Gusi, prosedur melakukan pencegahan, melakukan operasi dan melakukan spesialisasi teknik lainnya.
Dentists may perform the following tasks:
  • examine patients’ teeth and gums using dental equipment and X-rays
  • diagnose dental conditions and plan oral health care in consultation with patients
  • clean teeth and cavities and provide preventive care, such as scaling, cleaning and fluoride therapy
  • repair decayed and broken teeth by rebuilding tooth structures and providing crowns and bridges
  • treat diseases of the roots, gums and soft tissues of the mouth
  • perform routine surgical procedures, such as extracting teeth, as well as complex operations on the jaws and soft tissues.
  • give local anesthetics when necessary for carrying out treatment
  • design and fit dentures, crowns and bridges for the replacement of lost or unsound teeth
  • refer patients to dental specialists for further treatment.

Specialisations:

Endodontist

An endodontist diagnoses and treats diseases and injuries to the soft tissues within the hollow core of the tooth.

Oral/Maxillofacial Surgeon

An oral/maxillofacial surgeon surgically treats diseases and abnormalities of the mouth and adjacent parts.

Orthodontist

An orthodontist prevents and treats badly aligned teeth and jaws.

Paediatric Dentist

A paediatric dentist deals with child dental health.

Periodontist

A periodontist prevents and treats diseases of the gums and supporting tissues.

Prosthodontist

A prosthodontist restores and/or replaces teeth and their associated parts.

Personal Requirements:

  • good hand-eye coordination
  • able to do precise and detailed work
  • good communication skills
  • able to concentrate for long periods
  • sympathetic and caring.

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