The Oral Cavity

  • James W. DeLasho


The family physician must understand the problems in dentistry and oral surgery which he will encounter in practice; some will be within his scope of competence, but most will be referred for definitive care. In order to refer correctly, the family physician must be cognizant of the various practitioners and specialists in the field of dentistry:
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    Endodontist: treats diseases of the dental pulp. Primarily involved in root canal therapy.

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    General dentist: all phases of dentistry.

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    Oral and maxillofacial surgeon: exodontia (extraction of teeth); diagnosis and surgical correction of diseases, malformations, and trauma of the oral and maxillofacial region.

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    Oral pathologist: microscopic and gross pathology of the oral region.

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    Orthodontist: diagnosis and treatment of abnormalities of tooth alignment and occlusion.

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    Pedodontist: children’s dentistry.

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    Periodontist: diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the tooth-supporting structures, e.g., pyorrhea.

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    Prosthodontist: replacement of lost dentition with dentures, bridgework, and maxillofacial prostheses.



Salivary Gland Oral Cavity Oral Cancer Family Physician Dental Caries 
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