Team Roles

General Dentist

A general dentist (also known as a dental surgeon) is a graduate from a university’s accredited dental school and is licensed to perform the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases and conditions of the teeth, gums, and mouth.

Dentists have the ability to recognize problems that could affect your overall health. These treatments can include but are not limited to: examination and diagnosis or overall oral condition; screening for signs of oral cancer; placement of restorations, crowns, bridges, dentures, and implants; root canal therapy; and extractions. General dentists can also prescribe medications such as antibiotics, fluoride, pain killers, and any other medication that serves in the treatment of the various conditions arising in the head and neck. The general dentist educates patients about oral care and prevention and provides a wide array of oral health services for patients of all ages.



A periodontist must graduate from an accredited dental school and before then going on to undertake an additional three years of study within a Periodontology Residency Training Programme. As highly skilled specialists, periodontists diagnose and perform surgical and non-surgical procedures to manage gum disease, recession, and defects in the bone around teeth and dental implants. They also have expertise in the placement of dental implants and bone augmentation procedures.

Team Roles - pic 1 (dentist)

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon

An oral and maxillofacial surgeon is a skilled dental specialist who, after graduating from an accredited dental school in general dentistry, undertakes an additional X years of study within an Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Training Programme. An oral surgeon specializes in treating many diseases, injuries and defects in the head, neck, face, jaws and the hard and soft tissues of the mouth, face, and jaws. The treatments performed by an oral surgeon can include but are not limited to: removal of impacted teeth, bone grafting, implants, corrective jaw surgery, biopsies, and treatment of chronic pain and TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorders.



An orthodontist is a fully qualified specialist who, following graduation from an accredited dental school as a general dentist, embarks on a further three years of university-based study and clinical experience in an Orthodontic Residency Programme. An orthodontist prevents, diagnoses, plans, and treats facial and dental irregularities such as malocclusions (bad bites) and crooked teeth. Some of the techniques used by an orthodontist can include insertion of metal wires and brackets (braces), creation of functional appliances to redirect jaw growth, and the attachment of retainer wires.

Dental Hygienist

A dental hygienist is a graduate of an accredited college or university dental hygiene programme. Many hygienists start their work as assistants and return to school for the hygiene programme; however, there are some who commence their dental careers as hygienists. A dental hygienist specializes in cleaning patients’ teeth (removing tartar, stains, and plaque), examining for signs of oral diseases such as gingivitis, and providing other preventative dental care (applying sealants, fluoride). In addition, a hygienist will educate patients on oral hygiene techniques (eg. how to brush and floss correctly) and ways to improve and maintain good oral health.


Dental Assistant

A dental assistant is a graduate of an accredited community college dental assisting programme. A dental assistant is responsible literally for “assisting” with and helping to provide direct patient care in all dental specialties, including orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, periodontics and oral surgery. There are myriad tasks performed by the dental assistant; they include: preparing trays and materials, taking radiographs (x-rays), recording chart notes, effecting infection control, sterilization of instruments and equipment, performing administrative duties, and participating in the education of patients throughout their experience in the dental office.


Cliffcrest Dental

2995 Kingston Rd, Scarborough,
ON M1M 1P1, Canada