There are several different fields of dentistry and most people begin with a family dentistry, or general dentistry. Licensed to diagnose a range of dental issues, a general dentist will provide you with an overall assessment of your dental health and help you develop a proper treatment plan that will address your needs.

The general or family dentist is able to perform many of the treatments for various dental issues, and when certain issues arise can then refer you to the proper dental specialist in the particular area you need.

What are the basic dentist designations?

Family and general dentists may be designated with either DMD (Doctor of Dental Medicine) or DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery).

Working under the supervision of the dentist may be dental assistants and dental hygienists with the designation RDH (Registered Dental Hygienist) and also RDHEF (Registered Dental Hygienist with Extended Functions).

What do dental hygienists and dental assistants do?

The hygienist may perform professional teeth cleaning for patients. The dental assistant assists the dentist and this may include a variety of tasks including preparing anesthesia, taking radio graphs and helping the dentist during procedures.

What To Consider When Choosing A Dentist

If you are choosing a new dentist to see there are several things you should consider when making your decision. Find out how long the dentist has been practicing.

Make sure to research for the particular type of dentist you need, such as a family dentist or a dentist specializing in cosmetic dentistry. At Banyan Dental In Port St. Lucie we provide general and family dentistry as well as cosmetic dentistry procedures for St. Lucie West, Florida and the surrounding communities.

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Consult with the dentists you are considering about the procedures you may need and the costs as well as the pros and cons of each procedure. What types of amenities are offered to ease discomfort, including pre-medication and a comforting environment (e.g., music, heating pads).


Some Basic Considerations When You Choose A Dentist

When inquiring about costs make sure to see what is covered under your particular insurance plan from teeth cleanings and fillings to restorative dentistry (e.g., dentures and bridges) and orthodontics. Determine what your out-of-pocket costs will be. Banyan Dental of Port St. Lucie Florida helps patients assess their specific situations.

You may also consider the basics such as how friendly the dentist and his staff were at your initial consultation. You also have to weigh in the location factor as a dentist too far from home could cause a significant inconvenience in the event you needed to make multiple appointments.

The Importance of Good Dentistry – Tips from Your Port St. Lucie  Dentist

At Banyan Dental in St. Lucie West, Florida we try to help patients understand what they can do to improve oral hygiene, including making sure to brush and floss their teeth and gums properly as well as keeping up with your regular dental check-ups and teeth cleanings.

Proper dental hygiene helps to prevent tooth decay and gum disease which are also the primary causes of unpleasant breath and the more extreme halitosis.



Banyan Dental utilizes treatment methods that are simple, painless and can be done in short easy sessions that are sure to make room for your lifestyle needs.

You are in good hands when you visit Dr. Jade Thomas and his team at Banyan Dental of Port St. Lucie.

Banyan Dental is proud to serve the city of Port St. Lucie as well other Florida regions including  Stuart, Port Salerno, Palm City, Fort Pierce and the greater St. Lucie County area of Florida. Please give us a call for all of your dental needs.