What Exactly Does a St. Peters Dentist Do?
St. Peters dentist, Dr. Greg McPherson, performs the same practices and procedures as most dentists. Most dentists diagnose and treat dental problems with teeth and tissues in the mouth as well as give advice and administer care to help prevent future dental problems. They provide instruction on diet, brushing, flossing, on using fluorides, and other aspects of dental care. They remove tooth decay, fill cavities, take and examine X-rays, straighten teeth, and repair fractured teeth. In addition, they perform corrective surgery on gums and supporting bones to treat gum diseases. They also administer anesthetics and write prescriptions for antibiotics and other medications. Dentists can extract teeth and make models and measurements for dentures to replace missing teeth.
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Private Practice Dentists
Dentists use a various types of equipment in their practice, including X-ray machines, drills, mouth mirrors, probes, forceps, brushes, and scalpels. Lasers, digital scanners, and other computer technologies also may be used. Dentists wear masks, gloves, and safety glasses to protect themselves and their patients from infectious diseases.
Dentists, in private practice, oversee a variety of administrative tasks, including bookkeeping and the buying of equipment and supplies. They may employ and supervise dental hygienists, dental assistants, dental laboratory technicians, office managers and receptionists.
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General Practitioner and Local St. Peters Dentist
A majority of dentists are general practitioners, handling a variety of dental needs. Fewer dentists practice in any of nine specialty areas: orthodontists, oral and maxillofacial surgeons, pediatric, periodontists, prosthodontists, endodontists, oral pathologists, oral and maxillofacial radiologists and dental public health specialists.
Additionally, most dentists are solo practitioners like your St. Peters dentist Greg McPherson, DDS. Solo practice means that a dentist owns his/her own businesses and works alone or with a small staff. Some dentists have partners, and a few work for other dentists as associate dentists. And most dentists work 4 or 5 days a week. Some work evenings and weekends to meet their patients' needs. It is common for dentists to continue in part-time practice well beyond the usual retirement age.
These duties and even more practices are performed everyday by your local St. Peters dentist, Dr. Greg McPherson, DDS.
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