What is a dentist?

A dentist is a specialist who works to diagnose, treat, and prevent oral health problems. Your dentist has completed at least eight years of schooling, and received either a DDS (doctor of dental surgery) degree, or a DMD (doctor of dental medicine) degree. If your doctor is a pediatric dentist, this means that he specializes in caring for children from infancy through their teen years. Your dentist has received the proper education and training needed to work with young kids. Other specializations include:

  • Endodontics
  • Oral and maxillofacial (including pathology, radiology, and surgery)
  • Orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics
  • Periodontics
  • Prosthodontics

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Benson Hill Smiles
For over 20 years, Benson Hill Smiles has been creating healthy, beautiful smiles in the greater Renton, WA area. We have built a reputation for providing the highest quality of comprehensive dental care in a friendly, professional, and nonjudgmental environment.