A general dentist is a medical professional that has earned a license that allows them to practice different types of dentistry. In a way, the general dentist is a Captain of his dental team as he must act as creator as well as manager who create a plan for dental treatment. First of all, the general dentist must perform a complete dental examination in order to establish the true state of health of the patient.
Furthermore, a dental examination is only complete if it has been able to identify of all the active factors that are causing dental problems. In case the examination is incomplete there will not be enough information available to identify the reason for deterioration of the patientís oral condition and health.
A general dentist should also be able to provide all the necessary treatment to ensure that the patientís oral health can be restored to sufficiently good condition. To put it in a nutshell the general dentist must be able to determine the exact causes of deterioration of the oral health of a patient and then they should be able to determine the best solution that ensures elimination of the causes that contributed to the deterioration of a patientís oral health.
At the same time it should also be mentioned that even the best general dentist cannot always ensure total elimination of all causes of poor oral health because often the problems may be so severe as to have made restoration of complete oral health impossible.
Typically, the general dentist must be able to provide care to ensure that the patientís gums and teeth and mouth continue to remain in good condition. In addition it is necessary that the dentist be qualified enough to instruct the patient regarding proper dental care and the general dentist must also be able to do the cleaning of the teeth and perform different dental procedures of which fillings and root canals are good examples.
There are several good career options open to a person that has qualified to become a general dentist and these options include working in oral surgery as well as an orthodontist. To qualify to become a general dentist requires at least having finished bachelors degree after which you need to enroll in a dental school and it also necessary to pass the Dental Admissions Test.
To become a general practice dentist requires that you have, besides the necessary qualifications, excellence of vision and a good esthetic sense pertaining to color and shape and space. In addition, it helps to have business acumen; especially, if you would like to practice on your own.