Dentistry is an exciting field. Dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants, and administrative personnel form a team that provides vital health services for Georgia consumers. Careers in dentistry can be personally fulfilling, as dental professionals help people obtain optimal oral health and maintain their oral health and appearance.
Careers in Georgia Dentistry
Dentists provide vital health services as part of a highly respected profession and perform a variety of professional duties. They examine patients for signs of diseases such as oral cancer. They diagnose and treat health problems with a person’s teeth, gums, tongue, lips and jaws. Dentists can help people have functional, attractive smiles through a variety of cosmetic dental procedures. Dentists may also perform surgery to repair teeth, gums, and oral tissues. They educate patients about good oral health. Good oral health is the key to good overall health!
Many dentists use their professional skills and volunteer to treat indigent individuals and to educate their communities about the importance of good oral health. Dentists can practice as family dentists or they can pursue additional years of education and become specialists. There are nine recognized dental specialties, including pediatric dentists, orthodontists, oral surgeons, public health dentists, periodontists, endodontists, and oral pathologists.
For more information about becoming a dentist and applying to dental school, visit the American Dental Association web site www.mouthhealthy.org. The Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University is the state’s only dental school. Find out about their educational program and admissions process at www.augusta.edu/dentalmedicine.