Sometimes referred to as a dental surgeon, a dentist is a professional in the field of health care who deals with the diagnosis and treatment of conditions of the oral cavity. He or she works to improve the overall quality of life by preventing as well as treating oral disorders. Here’s a look at some of the roles of Costa Rica dentists.

1. Prevention of diseases

These health care practitioners help to prevent tooth decay, gum disease and other diseases that may affect the oral cavity. Prevention measures may include but are not limited to clinical treatments like cleaning, use of fluoride, scaling and pharmaceutical interventions. These are aimed at improving oral health and minimizing risk of disorders.

2. Diagnosis

One of the key roles of a Costa Rica dentist is diagnosing dental diseases like gum disease & oral cancer. To accurately do this, the practitioner may perform thorough oral examination, collect a patient’s medical history and conduct saliva tests. If necessary, he or she can also use x-rays, lasers and biopsies.

3. Tooth restoration

People with decayed, damaged or missing teeth may feel less confident about their appearance. Sometimes, normal function can be significantly affected. Thankfully, dentists can restore teeth leading to improved appearance and function. Restoration can involve the use of tooth-colored restorations, veneers, crowns, bridges and root-fillings among others. A missing tooth can be replaced by dentures (either plastic or metal) or by crowns and dentures supported by dental implants.

4. Other roles

· Assessing various treatment options and arriving on the best treatment plans based on the desired results or condition of the patient.

· Maintaining the dental records of patients.

· Providing patients with tips regarding maintaining oral health. They provide instructions on proper diet, brushing, flossing and other key aspects of good dental care.

· Administering anesthetics as well as writing prescriptions for medications such as antibiotics.

· Referring patients for treatment by other health practitioners when necessary.