California Herbology Careers

January 23, 2014

Herbologists engage in the study and use of herbs and herbal preparations to maintain health and to prevent, alleviate, or cure disease. Herbology is used in a variety of alternative treatment and prevention approaches such as Ayurveda, Homeopathy, Naturopathy, and Traditional Chinese Medicine.  While herbology is highly regarded in these approaches, the medical world has yet to fully accept it as a safe alternative to traditional medicine. Some medical professionals may use herbology as a complement to traditional medicine, but it is rarely used in place of it.

Dental laboratory technicians make and repair crowns, dentures, orthodontic appliances, and bridges. Commonly called “dental technicians” or “dental lab techs,” these professionals may also make and repair other types of dental prosthetics based on dentists’ prescriptions. Most dental lab techs work in medical equipment and supplies manufacturing labs, followed by offices of dentists, federal government, equipment wholesalers, and academic institutions.

A dental hygienists primary function is to help prevent oral diseases and conditions by cleaning teeth and advising patients on maintaining good oral health. Dental hygienists also take and develop x-rays in order to help detect dental conditions and they compile and maintain patient care and treatment plans. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in some states, dental hygienists are permitted to place and carve filling materials, temporary fillings, and periodontal dressings.

Dental assistants are responsible for assisting both general dentists and specialists with a variety of tasks from administrative duties to taking and developing x-rays. They assist dentists during treatment procedures, sterilize equipment, take impressions of teeth, consult with patients on preventative and follow-up care, and take patients medical history.  In addition to working with and under the supervision of dentists, dental assistants also assist dental hygienists with exams and cleanings.

Periodontics or “periodontology” is a specialized area of dentistry that focuses on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases of the supporting and surrounding tissues of the teeth or their substitutes. This specialty also focuses on the maintenance of the health, function, and aesthetics of these structures and tissues (ADA). Dentists specializing in periodontics (called “periodontists”) may also take on other specialties within the field of periodontology, such as implant therapy, which requires additional education and training beyond general dentistry and periodontics.

Pediatric dentists are the “pediatricians of dentistry,” says the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD).  These professionals handle the oral care needs of infants, children, and adolescents (ages 10-19), as well as pediatric patients with special health needs. Many pediatric dentists have their own practices, while others may belong to a group practice or work in a hospital, clinic or government facility.

While pediatric dentists practice in every state across the U.S., the largest population of dentists can be found in the State of California.

Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry that deals with irregularities of the teeth and their correction. Dentofacial orthopedics is a specialty that deals with the correction or "normalizing" of the growth of an individuals bone structure and/or repairing irregularities of the jaws and face. Together, says the American Dental Association (ADA), the orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics specialty includes the diagnosis, prevention, interception, and correction of malocclusion, as well as neuromuscular and skeletal abnormalities of the developing or mature orofacial structures.

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are “the surgical specialists of the dental profession,”
says the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS). These skilled professionals “treat the conditions, defects, injuries and aesthetic aspects of the mouth, teeth, jaws and face.” When patients complain of pain or problems in these areas, a general dentist will likely refer them to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon for help.

Implant dentistry is a highly specialized field of dentistry that involves the combined use of anesthetics, technology, and surgical devices to replace one or more missing teeth or to replace or restore dental implants. While these specialists work with patients of all ages, a typical patient is an adult suffering from tooth loss resulting from gingivitis (gum disease), tooth decay, or injury.

Endodontists diagnose, treat, and study diseases associated with the pulp and roots of the teeth. They perform dozens of root canals each week, which is why many people associate these specialists with this procedure only. The truth is, endodontists perform many other procedures such as apicoectomies, intentional replantation, implantation, removing one or two roots, repairing an injured root, and more.

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