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Doctor vs. Dentist

Dentists and Doctors

Are Dentists Really Doctors? “Oh, you’re a dentist? Sorry, I was looking for a real doctor.” Some dentists find that kind of response frustrating, others find it entertaining. The simple truth is that dentists, or any specialized dental practitioner, are by definition a doctor. Why the Confusion? The...

Dental Technician

Dentists and Dental Technicians

What’s the Difference? Suppose you take your car into the repair shop. Your mechanic says your alternator is bad and needs replacement. They set an appointment with you for next week so they can order the alternator and have it available in time for the procedure....

Dentist and Prosthodontist

Dentist and Prosthodontist

What's the Difference? The amount of extensive knowledge, intricate techniques and specific tools used for every aspect of your oral health continues to grow. In fact, many dentists choose to specialize in certain fields to focus on giving you the best treatment possible for specific dental...

Endodontist

Dentist and Endodontist

What’s the Difference? Recently, we discussed what separates a periodontist from a regular dentist. However, periodontists are far from the only specialists that the Placerville Dental Group keeps available for referrals. Continuing our series on dental specialties, this week we will discuss the benefits provided by...

Periodontist

Dentist and Periodontist

What’s the Difference? Our recent post on the differences between a dentist and an oral surgeon was no doubt enlightening, but it might also raise questions about different specialists you may meet or need at the Placerville Dental Group. So, for the next few weeks we...

Oral Surgeon

Dentist and Oral Surgeon

What’s the Difference? Your family doctor does a great job helping you cope with illness. They often know your health better than you do yourself. But you’d probably be apprehensive if they were about to remove your gall bladder, because that kind of surgery is a...

Dental Crown

Crowns in Placerville

Part of the Wonderful World of Dental Crowns When people hear the word “crown,” they think of anything from royal inaugurations to old nursery rhymes. When a dentist at the Placerville Dental Group thinks of a crown, they think about the best way to protect a...

Covering the Basics

There’s no doubt that brushing, flossing and using mouthwash as needed are three good habits to maintain, but how you accomplish them is just as important. When discussing these actions, many patients have different ideas on how to do it properly. At the Placerville Dental...

Excessive Brushing

Avoid Excessive Brushing

We live in a compulsive society, one that that easily forms habits —some better than others. Even so, any good habit easily becomes dangerous with overuse. Too much cleaning, too much eating, even too much sleeping eventually becomes detrimental, causing more harm than good. The...

Novocaine

Comfortably Numb with Novocaine

A Discussion About a Common Anesthetic As mentioned in a previous article, most dental patients feel some level of anxiety during their visit. One of the reasons for that anxiety is expected discomfort during a procedure. Whether that pain actually materializes or not, the dentists at...