What is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon (OMS)?
Dental surgeons that specialize in mouth, face, and jaw surgery are known as maxillofacial or oral surgeons. Schooling for dental surgeons can range between 8-11 years, meaning they have the most specialized training possible to treat their patient. They can cover a wide blanket of procedures, such as bone surgery and soft tissue surgery in the face and neck area, as well as the mouth.
What is a Periodontist?
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is treated by a periodontist, who is a specialized dentist trained in that particular field of dental work. They have completed two additional years of training, and are specialized in the field of gum care. They are recognized by the American Dental Association as a dental specialist.
Why is your dentist referring you to a Periodontist?
A periodontist is specially trained in one area of care, specifically the treatment of gums and gum disease. They work with your dentist to make sure you are acquiring the best care possible for your oral health. Both your dentist and your periodontist will work together to make sure you get the best treatment, all while communicating their findings with you. Bringing in a specialist shows a dedication to making sure you get the best care possible.
What is an Endodontist?
An endodontist treats diseases and abnormalities of dental pulp and tissues, and specializes in trauma and injuries to these structures. Radiographs are analyzed to prove the best indication of the condition of your tooth pulp and make sure to prevent tooth loss down the road.
What is a Prosthodontist?
A prosthodontist makes sure that a loss of your teeth does not mean a loss of bone structure by working to prevent disabilities that come from removed or injured teeth. They work to construct support and replacement prostheses to replace any removed teeth and make sure to upkeep the function and aesthetic of your oral health.
What is a Pediatric Dentist?
Much like Pediatricians, Pediatric dentists specialize in the treatment of children and the factors that influence the development of infant teeth. They take an extra two years of schooling outside of dental school, and specialize in the treatment of children. While a normal dentist is able to address issues present in younger patients, the specialization of a pediatric dentist can put you at ease, as well as allow them to consult on more complex or specialized issues. If you child has special needs, a pediatric dentist could be the best choice for you.
What is an Orthodontist?
Orthodontists specialize in the treatment of the jaw, mouth, and teeth, and are most well known for providing braces and retainers for dental care. They focus on straightening a patient’s teeth and making sure they have the optimal bite alignment to avoid jaw issue down the road. Your child may require braces if the have crowded or overlapping teeth. Tooth and jaw issues may be caused by a variety of sources, such as decay, early tooth loss, accidents, and thumb sucking. However, an orthodontist specializes in the treatment of these issues to ensure the best oral health possible for their patients.
So why would you go to the orthodontist?
An issue with teeth or jaws, or aesthetic preferences can be a reason to make a call to an orthodontist at the prompting of your dentist.