Several specialties have become available in the field of dentistry over the past several years, which can be confusing for some people. Patients now have more options to improve their oral health and appearance, such as cosmetic, restorative, and laser dentistry. With so many dental services available, some people may wonder, “What is a general dentist?” This is a very good question and one that we are happy to answer.
Understanding the Duties of a General Dentist
Although Dr. Haque offers numerous services in addition to general dentistry, his main obligation is providing primary dental care for all patients. Oak Brook Smiles offers services for the entire family, ranging from preschoolers to the elderly. When you become a patient of Dr. Haque, he takes responsibility for the diagnosis and treatment of oral health issues as well as the coordination of services should you need additional care. Because he specializes in several dental treatments, he is able to treat most conditions without having to refer you elsewhere.
Some of the services that Dr. Haque may perform as your general dentist include:
- Instruction on good oral hygiene practices at home
- Cosmetic dentistry procedures
- Treatment of TMJ
- Fitting you with dental implants or dentures
- Teeth cleaning beyond what his dental hygienists perform
- Root canal treatment
- Applying dental sealants
- Treating gum disease
- Restorative dental procedures
- Nutritional counseling as it relates to oral health
Educational Requirements to Become a General Dentist
In order to practice general dentistry in any state, dental students must complete an undergraduate degree with a strong foundation in science followed by four years of dental school. Upon graduation from dental school, the student must also pass a licensing exam in the state where he or she intends to practice general dentistry.
Dr. Haque’s educational background includes graduation from the Connecticut School of Dental Medicine and completing a General Practice Residency at the University of Illinois in Chicago. Additionally, Dr. Haque is a published author, teaches part-time at the Midwestern College of Dental Medicine, and has completed several advanced education degrees in topics such as dental implants and cosmetic dentistry. Lastly, he is a member of numerous prestigious dental organizations, including the Academy of General Dentistry and the Illinois State Dental Association.
Make Oak Brook Smiles Your Family’s New Dental Clinic
We always welcome new patients, regardless of your age, oral health, or the services you might require. Please contact our staff to find out how you can get started as our newest patient today.