Dental surgery is the study of the structure, function and disease of the mouth. In some countries, the term is interchangeable with stomatology. Dentists play an important role in the treatment of various health problems affecting the mouth and teeth. Stomatology training in dental schools typically focuses on oral manifestations of systemic diseases, oral mucosal lesions, and non-surgical treatment of other oral diseases unrelated to teeth. According to a study published in the Journal of Oral Surgery, Oral Pathology, and Oral Radiology, the practice of stomatology at the international level will expand with the age of certain populations, and more chronic health issues require a multidisciplinary approach. Doctors, dentists and other health-care providers will work together to improve the quality of life of patients with chronic conditions.
Dental surgery is a kind of stomatology, one of the major medical majors. Dental surgery major students mainly study the basic theory and basic knowledge of stomatology, and are trained in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of oral and maxillofacial diseases. They have the basic ability of diagnosis, treatment, repair and prevention of common diseases and frequently-occurring diseases.
1. Diseases that Affect the Mouth
Some systemic diseases such as diabetes, HIV/AIDS and lupus can have oral manifestations. When these diseases cause dental problems, their diagnosis and management will be the responsibility of the dentist. Even when the patient is being treated for another disease, oral problems need to be controlled. This includes cancer treatments that can cause damage to the oral mucosa and pain that requires dental treatment. Some oral diseases are still not fully understood, and researchers are working hard to find a link between oral problems and problems affecting other parts of the body. Burning tongue, sores, ulcers, sensory disturbances, taste disturbances, movement disorders and chronic pain are just a few of the oral sciences. Rotting and gum disease requires the treatment of a dentist. The dentist will also recommend a more professional treatment based on your oral problems.
2. Stomatology once became the hottest major.
In some developed countries, the highest-paid occupation is dentists. They do not make money by buying medicines, but rely on their own treatment technology to make money. According to reports, in 2015, the top ten most profitable jobs in the United States, surgeons, psychiatrists and general practitioners ranked in the top three. In addition, three medical-related occupations entered the top ten list of top wages, namely dentists, orthodontists and pharmacists. In China, dentists earn a lot of money. According to a dentist in a Chinese hospital, stomatology is a sunny industry in the medical profession, and the income of dentists is relatively high. Going to dentistry for medical treatment, washing teeth, filling teeth, treating teeth, setting teeth, and correcting teeth is a big expense. To plant a tooth, it costs 10,000 yuan. Especially for implanting teeth, the cost is even bigger.
Stomatology is one of the few professions in which medical accidents are the least and the smallest. The pressure on the dentist's work is relatively small, and the working rhythm is far lower than that of the clinical medicine profession. Except for stomatology specialist hospitals, the general hospital’s stomatology department generally only has outpatient clinics, no emergency department, and no hospitalization department. Therefore, doctors in stomatology do not need to work at night, although holidays will also take place on holidays. Outpatient clinic, but there are fewer doctors arranged than other clinics, and there are more opportunities for rest on holidays. It is the highest-paid discipline in all medical professions.
Everyone knows the importance of teeth for a person, and the income of dentists is so high, the demand for society is large, and naturally, there are so many students who choose this profession.
3. Differences in dental education and career development between China and North America
Many North American dental schools place a high priority on pre-clinical and clinical training to educate students about their oral health needs and systemic dental problems. In mainland China, most dental schools use traditional instructional formats, and most well-known Chinese dental schools are increasingly adopting strategies to improve students' self-learning skills. China's dental education model regards dentistry as a sub-specialty of medicine.
In North America, dentists work full time, participate in ongoing training, gain legal status, and develop ethical standards that emphasize the quality of care provided to the public. The concept of professional development in China is relatively new. With the support of national policies, the level of dental professional education continues to increase. Today, the Chinese government and society are paying more and more attention to the accountability system of self-discipline.
Graduates of dental surgery major can open clinics and work on teeth. You can go to the hospital, work as a dentist, or work in a college.
Oral and maxillofacial surgery
Common skills gained from this degree
- Basic medical knowledge
- The theory of various disciplines in teeth
- Ability to handle common oral problems
- Skills for oral restoration work