Dentistry is the science concerned with tooth decay, disease of the supporting structures such as the gums, and faulty positioning of the teeth. A dentist is a professional practitioner of dentistry.
To become a qualified dentist, one has to go through 4-8 years (depending on the country) of university training, as well as practical experience in working with actual patients. In the United States, the degree awarded to dental school graduates is referred to as either D.D.S. (Doctor of Dental Surgery), or D.M.D. (Doctor of Dental Medicine), depending on which college awards it. In other countries, the degree is called B.D.S. (Doctor of Dental Surgery).
Some dentists go straight into practice after dental school and practice all forms of dentistry. They are called General Dentists or Family Dentists. Others undergo additional training and become dental specialists. It usually requires a further 2-6 years of formal education and training after dental school to become a specialist. They also have to pass state and national board examinations. There are 8 main kinds of dental specialties, each offering a different kind of service.
These are Endodontics, Oral Surgery, Oral Pathology, Oral Radiology, Orthodontics, Pediatric Dentistry, Periodontics, and Prosthodontics. Oahu, with its quality medical services, has qualified dentists of all kinds who are capable of diagnosing and treating all kinds of dental problems. For your convenience,
Oahu.us has compiled lists of these dentists for you under their specific areas of specialties.