A dentist provides preventative and restorative dental services.

The most basic dental service a dentist provides is cleaning. In a general dentist’s office, a hook-shaped instrument known as a scaler is used to remove plaque from the gum area. A vibrating device can also be used to clean the teeth and gum area. Afterward, a gentle abrasive paste is used to polish the teeth. If a patient’s teeth are stained or have been damaged, the dentist can use filling materials to restore their smiles.