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Dental Specialties

Becoming a dental specialist requires an additional 3 years of specialty training after completing a four-year general dentistry studies, obtaining a DMD (Doctor of Dental Medicine) or DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) degree.

why is your dentist referring you to a specialist?

By referring you to a specialist, your dentist is showing a strong commitment to your dental health. Your dentist has determined that your dental care require a specialist attention.  The specialist and dentist work together as a team to provide you with the highest level of care. They will combine their experience to recommend the best treatment available to you while keeping each other informed on your progress.

what is a Cosmetic Dentist? 

The American Dental Association recognizes nine dental specialties, and the ADA does not include “cosmetic dentistry” as a specialty.   Many cosmetic dentists receive training during seminars or a series of courses, but this training is usually limited to weekend or possibly week-long courses. 

what is a Prosthodontist?   

A specialist with extensive training in all phases of mouth restoration- in cosmetic procedures and Implant Dentistry – restoring optimum appearance and function to your smile,  prevents and treats mouth, teeth, and jaw problems. Also examines and diagnoses disabilities caused by loss of teeth and supporting structures.  They formulate and execute treatment plans for the construction of corrective Prosthodontic.   Click prosthodontist, for more information.

so why would you go to a Prosthodontist?

Your dentist or doctor might recommend it because they care.   They see a problem with your teeth, bite or jaws – a more complex case, that needs a specialist care – or an adult who doesn’t like the way his /her teeth or smile look might ask to see a prosthodontist.

what is an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon?

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are dentists specializing in surgery of the mouth, face and jaws. After four years of dental school, surgeons receive four to seven years of hospital-based surgical and medical training, preparing them to do a wide range of procedures including all types of surgery of both the bones and soft tissues of the face, mouth and neck.

what is a Periodontist?

Periodontists are dentists who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of periodontal (gum) disease.   They have had extensive training with two additional years of study after dental school.   As specialists they devote their time, energy and skill to helping patients care for their gums. A periodontist is one of the eight dental specialists recognized by the American Dental Association.

what is an Endodontist?

Root-canal specialist.  The Endodontist examines, diagnoses and treats diseases and destructive processes, including injuries and abnormalities of dental pulps and periodical tissues of the teeth. Endodontists examine patients and interpret radiographs and pulp tests to determine pulp vitality and periodical tissue condition.   They evaluate their findings and prescribe a method of treatment to prevent loss of teeth.

what is a Pediatric Dentist?

The additional training focuses on management and treatment of a child’s developing teeth, child behavior, physical growth and development, and the special needs of children’s dentistry. Although either type of dentist is capable of addressing your child’s oral health care needs, a pediatric dentist, his or her staff, and even the office décor are all geared to care for children and to put them at ease.   If your child has special needs, care from a pediatric dentist should be considered.

what is an Orthodontist? 

An orthodontist prevents and treats mouth, teeth, and jaw problems. Using braces, retainers, and other devices, an orthodontist helps straighten a person’s teeth and correct the way the jaws line up. Orthodontists treat for many problems, including having crowded or overlapping teeth or having problems with jaw growth and tooth development.   These tooth and jaw problems may be caused by tooth decay, losing baby teeth too soon, accidents, or habits like thumb sucking.   These problems can also be genetic or inherited.

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