DENTAL SPECIALTIES

What is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon(OMS)?

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are dentistsspecializing in surgery of the mouth, face and jaws. After four years of dentalschool, surgeons receive four to seven years of hospital-based surgical andmedical training, preparing them to do a wide range of procedures including alltypes of surgery of both the bones and soft tissues of the face, mouth andneck.

What is a Periodontist?

Periodontists are dentists who specialize inthe diagnosis and treatment of periodontal (gum) disease. They have hadextensive training with two additional years of study after dental school. Asspecialists they devote their time, energy and skill to helping patients carefor their gums. A periodontist is one of the eight dental specialistsrecognized by the American Dental Association.

Why is your dentist referring you to aPeriodontist?

Your dentist has determined that your gumsrequire special attention. The periodontist and dentist work together as a teamto provide you with the highest level of care. They will combine theirexperience to recommend the best treatment available to you while keeping eachother informed on your progress. By referring you to the specialist, yourdentist is showing a strong commitment to your dental health.

What is an Endodontist?

The Endodontist examines, diagnoses andtreats diseases and destructive processes, including injuries and abnormalitiesof dental pulps and periapical tissues of the teeth.

Endodontists examine patients and interpretradiographs and pulp tests to determine pulp vitality and periapical tissuecondition. They evaluate their findings and prescribe a method of treatment toprevent loss of teeth.

What is a Prosthodontist?

The prosthodontist examines and diagnosesdisabilities caused by loss of teeth and supporting structures. They formulateand execute treatment plans for the construction of corrective prostheses torestore proper function and esthetics of the mouth, face, and jaw.

What is a Pediatric Dentist?

A pediatric dentist has at least twoadditional years of training beyond dental school. The additional trainingfocuses on management and treatment of a child’s developing teeth, childbehavior, physical growth and development, and the special needs of children’sdentistry. Although either type of dentist is capable of addressing yourchild’s oral health care needs, a pediatric dentist, his or her staff, and eventhe 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 beconsidered.

What is an Orthodontist?

An orthodontist prevents and treats mouth,teeth, and jaw problems. Using braces, retainers, and other devices, anorthodontist helps straighten a person’s teeth and correct the way the jawsline up.

Orthodontists treat kids for many problems,including having crowded or overlapping teeth or having problems with jawgrowth and tooth development. These tooth and jaw problems may be caused bytooth decay, losing baby teeth too soon, accidents, or habits like thumbsucking. These problems can also be genetic or inherited.

So why would you go to the orthodontist?

Your dentist or one of your parents mightrecommend it because they see a problem with your teeth or jaws. Or a kid whodoesn’t like the way his or her teeth look might ask to see an orthodontist.