There is a lot more than pulling teeth and suction tubes when it comes to dentistry. In fact there are various practices within the dental world. There are practices that will focus on different aspects of your smile and a team that works collaboratively. Dental Assistants are essential team members in dentist’s offices because of their versatile skills. Check out these 5 types of dentistry where you could be working as a dental assistant:

General Dentistry

If you have ever had a routine visit to the dentist’s office, it is likely that you visited a general dentist or a primary care dentist. General dentists make up a major portion of providers of dental care. They focus on the prevention and treatment of disease by promoting good oral health and hygiene. It is important to keep up with dental health as it can be an indicator of your overall health. A general dentist may refer you to a specialist for further procedures. 

The services they provide are: complete oral exams, dental x-rays, teeth cleanings, fillings, extractions, root canals, bridges, crowns, dentures and preventative care. 

Cosmetic dentistry 

Cosmetic dentistry focuses on the appearance of the teeth, mouth and smile. Procedures can range from subtle changes to major oral surgery. In addition to improving your smile, some treatments can correct and help keep your mouth healthy.  

The services they provide are: teeth whitening, veneers, tooth colored fillings, repairing chipped teeth, orthodontics, dental implants and direct bonding. 

Restorative dentistry 

Restorative dentistry as the name suggests restores teeth back to normal functionality and appearance. Whenever you have a broken or missing tooth, restorative dentists are equipped to replace damaged or missing teeth. Keeping teeth properly aligned is essential to maintaining good oral care habits and prevent plaque build-up that could create further damage. 

The services they provide: crowns, bridges and dental implants. 

Sedation Dentistry

Visiting the dentists is a common fear among individuals. Sedation dentistry takes this into account when patients some in for their procedures. Sedation dentistry uses medication to help patients relax during visit. 

Orthodontists Dentistry 

Orthodontists are popularly known for braces. Orthodontists specialize in the alignment of the teeth and jaw. They fix crooked teeth, overcrowded teeth, gaps, overbites and underbites to ensure your teeth and jaw joints work effectively to reduce bacteria. 

The services they provide: Wires, Invisalign, Braces, Retainers and other corrective appliances 

The world of dentistry is full of opportunity that needs Dental Assistants to keep an office running effectively. Start a career that makes people smile and feel good about themselves. Our Dental Assistant certificate program prepares you to enter the field with hands-on experience. Graduate in as little as 9 months. Dental Assisting is now being offered online at our Houston Northwest campus. Apply today!