What is an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon (OMS)?

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are dentists that specialize in mouth, face, and jaw surgery. After four years of dental school, surgeons receive four to seven years of hospital-based surgical and medical training that prepares them for procedures, like dental extractions.

What is a Periodontist?

Periodontists specialize in diagnosing and treating gum disease (periodontitis). They go through 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 Your Dentist Refers You to a Periodontist

If your dentist sees your gums need special attention, a periodontist and dentist work together as a team to provide you with the highest level of care. They’ll combine their experience to recommend the best treatment available to you, while keeping each other informed of your progress.

By referring you to a periodontist, a dedicated specialist, your dentist is showing how strong their commitment is to your dental health.

What is an Endodontist?

Endodontists examine, diagnose, and treat extreme tooth decay caused by injuries, issues, and infections in dental pulp and dental abscesses. They specialize in preventing tooth loss.

What is a Prosthodontist?

A prosthodontist handles disability caused by tooth loss. They create treatment plans for the construction of corrective prostheses (dental devices) to restore proper look and function 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. That training focuses on children’s developing teeth, child behavior, physical growth and development, and the other special needs of children’s dentistry.

Although a general dentist can take care of your child’s oral healthcare needs, a pediatric dentist, their staff, and even the office environment are all catered to children. They’re trained to help children stay calm and at ease during their visit. If your child has special needs, you should definitely consider having their dental care treated by a pediatric dentist.

What is an Orthodontist?

An orthodontist handles problem with teeth and jaw that impact the bite. Using braces, retainers, and other devices, an orthodontist helps straighten your teeth and correct the way the jaw line up.

Orthodontists treat kids and adults for issues like crowded or overlapping teeth, jaw growth, and tooth development. These issues can be caused by tooth decay, losing baby teeth too soon, dental trauma, genetics, or even thumb sucking.

Want to Learn More About Dental Specialties?

We’re always staying informed on the latest dental technologies and techniques. But we also want to educate our patients about the many interesting areas of dentistry that can be used to give them optimal dental health, as well as a beautiful smile. Contact us today for more information!