Dentistry is more than the tooth, the whole tooth and nothing but the tooth! It is a specialty that involves the management of the oral-facial structures which are engaged in vital functions like growth, aesthetics, mastication, swallowing and speech. Oral health is integral to total health and well-being. There are many dental sub-specialties like in medicine which provide secondary and tertiary care and treatment.
Many dental conditions and problems require a thorough understanding of medicine. Dental diseases can spread to the regional and distant organs and systems, and likewise medical conditions can affect dental health and tissues. Inter-disciplinary management of complex cases are essential for example, in the management of cleft and facial deformities; road traffic accidents; cancers in the head and neck region etc.
Speaker: Loh Hong Sai