Occasionally, your dentist may determine a need for a specific treatment performed by a dental specialist.
The dentist and specialists 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. By referring you to the specialist, your dentist is showing a strong commitment to your dental health.
What is an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon (OMS)?
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?
The Endodontist examines, diagnoses and treats dental abscesses and infections, including injuries and abnormalities of the teeth.
Endodontists interpret X-rays and pulp tests to determine the vitality of the nerve in the tooth and specialize in root canal treatment. They evaluate their findings and prescribe a method of treatment to prevent loss of teeth.
What is a Prosthodontist?
The Prosthodontist examines and diagnoses disabilities caused by loss of teeth and supporting structures. They formulate and execute treatment plans for the construction of corrective prostheses to restore proper function and esthetics of the mouth, face, and jaw.
What is a Pediatric Dentist?
A Pediatric Dentist has at least two additional years of training beyond dental school. 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 can address 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 kids for many problems, including crowded or overlapping teeth or 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.
Also, adults that did not have the opportunity to see an Orthodontist as a child may consider orthodontic treatment as an adult.