When it comes to dental care, it's important to make sure you're in the right hands. That's why it's essential to understand the qualifications of a specialty dentist and the considerations you should take before seeing one. At your first visit, a dentist will perform an oral health exam to assess your needs and make sure that their office is the best place for your dental care. Treatment will begin at your next appointment.
It's important to note that dentists who advertise themselves as specialists and make the public believe that they are qualified specialists when they are not, are engaging in unethical behavior. If a dentist presents educational or scientific information in an article, seminar, or other program, they must disclose any monetary or other interest they may have in a company whose products are promoted or supported in the presentation. The educational criterion for announcing the practice limitation in additional specialty areas is to successfully complete an advanced education program accredited by the Dental Accreditation Commission (or its equivalent if completed before 1964) in each area that the dentist wishes to advertise. In addition, dentists must respect the position of trust inherent in the dentist-patient relationship and communicate openly and honestly with their patients. By understanding these qualifications and considerations, you can ensure that you're getting the best possible care from a qualified specialist.