Dentists diagnose, prevent, and treat teeth and gum problems. Most dentists are general practitioners and are trained to handle a wide variety of dental needs. These include filling cavities, removing decay, examining X-rays, straightening teeth, repairing fractured teeth, performing corrective surgery on gums and supporting bones, extracting teeth, and making models and measurements for dentures. They also instruct patients how to care for their teeth and gums with flossing, brushing, diet, and other means.
provide a variety of oral care services including but not limited to sealants, fillings, crowns, straightening crooked or rotated teeth, extractions, cleanings of the teeth, soft tissue (gums) management, bridgework replacing one or several teeth, root canals, removable partial dentures, complete dentures, and possibly dental implants.