DENTAL SPECIALTIES

WHAT IS AN ORAL AND MAXILLOFACIAL SURGEON (OMS)?

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are dentists specializing in surgery of the mouth, face and jaw. 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.

Why is your dentist referring you to a Periodontist? Your dentist has determined that your gums require special attention. The periodontist 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. By referring you to the specialist, your dentist is showing a strong commitment to your dental health.

WHAT IS AN ENDODONTIST?

The Endodontist examines, diagnoses, treats diseases and destructive processes;including injuries and abnormalities of dental pulps and periapical tissues of the teeth.

Endodontists examine patients, interpret radiographs and use pulp tests to determine pulp vitality and periapical tissue condition. They evaluate their findings and prescribe a method of treatment to prevent loss of teeth through a routine root canal treatment.

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 (dentures or partials)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,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 dcor are all geared to care for childrento put them at ease. If your child has special needs, a pediatric dentist should be considered.

WHAT IS AN ORTHODONTIST?

An orthodontist prevents and treats mouth, teeth, and jaw issues. Using braces, retainers, and other devices, an orthodontist helps straighten a person’s teeth and correct the way the jaw comes together.

Orthodontists treat children for many problems, includingcrowded or overlapping teeth, 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 problemsmay be genetic.

So why would you go to the orthodontist? Your dentist will recommend an orthodontist if they see a problem with your teeth or jaw; or a person who dislike the way his or her teeth look.