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Dentists and Specialization

I had the unpleasant experience to have two root canals treatments done the last few weeks. I went from dentist to dentist.

Medical students spend 4 years in school plus 3 years as residents and come out specialists. By that it means they know (supposedly) everything about a certain part of your body. Plastic surgeons can do noses, breast implants, liposuction, the works.

So why do dentists spend 4 years in dental school and learn only one thing? Why can’t they do crowns AND orthodontics? Why can’t they learn how to clean teeth and do a root canal? Why so specialized?

I don’t remember it being like that in Brazil. If a dentist or a dental student read this, please enlighten me. Thank you!


September 3, 2008 - Posted by | Difference between cultures


  1. Dentists do learn everything, some just prove lazy and don’t want to DO everything.

    I’ve got a brother-in-law who is a dentist. There is nothing about teeth that he does not do! Root canals, cleanings, crowns, dentures, oral surgery, etc.

    A good dentist will have a separate dental hygenist working in his office to specialize in cleanings, so that he can take on the jobs that make more money.

    Why waste time replacing windows in a house if you can have someone do that for you, while you build an entire house? You’ll make more money, and faster.

    Comment by Pete | September 21, 2008 | Reply

  2. That makes sense, thanks.

    Comment by Grace Farrell | September 22, 2008 | Reply

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