Odontology is the field of medicine that deals with the oral cavity, the maxillofacial area, all of the associated physical elements, and most importantly, the teeth.
Its specialization and importance make it one of the most recognized and reputable branches of medicine. The profession of applying knowledge of odontology to practical techniques in order to diagnose, prevent and treat diseases and conditions of the teeth and the surrounding area is called “dentistry.”
For practical purposes, an odontologist is a synonym for “dentist.”
An odontologist performs several procedures, and a yearly visit to the odontologist is a necessary part of a healthy lifestyle. Odontologists are especially familiar with dental caries or tooth decay, and periodontal disease or gum disease, although these are not the only conditions they treat.
Among other procedures odontologists perform are:
• Dental X-rays
• Root canals
• Teeth scaling
Almost all odontologists in Mexicali, go on to study a specialty, often in the US, that allows them to perform more complex procedures.