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Six Different Types of Dental Specialists

When you get a toothache, a moving tooth, or feel the need to get your teeth cleaned, your first instinct is to “go to the dentist.” However, did you know that a dentist isn’t a do-all, all-around tooth doctor that takes care of all oral concerns? There are different types of dental specialists, and who you should go to depends on your needs.

That being said, here are the different types of dental specialists:

1. Endodontist

If you are in need of a root canal therapy, you should visit an endodontist. Endodontists have undergone extensive specialized training in this particular branch of dentistry, which involves morphology, physiology, and pathology of the human dental pulp, as well as that of the periradicular tissues. Furthermore, they specialize in the prevention and treatment of diseases and injuries of the inner workings of the teeth.

2. Pediatric dentist

Pediatric dentistry is the treatment and prevention of dental disease among children. So if your little ones have tooth problems, a visit to a pediatric dentist is a must. These dental specialists deal with the oral health care of children, from infancy through their teenage years. They guide children and teens through their dental growth and development, and work closely with family physicians, pediatricians, and other dental specialists in ensuring that they provide comprehensive medical and dental care for the young ones.

3. Orthodontist

If you are bothered by crooked teeth, maligned bites, gaps, and moving teeth, your orthodontist is your best bet. Orthodontics essentially deals with moving the teeth from one position to a more favorable one, and orthodontists are specially trained dentists who specialize in the development, prevention, and correction of the irregularities of the teeth, bite, and jaws. These specialists are also trained in the treatment of facial abnormalities and disorders of the jaw. A visit to the orthodontist usually happens after your general dentist refers you, so you know you’ll be in good hands.

4. Periodontist

Periodontists specialize in the care and prevention of gum-related diseases, guided bone regeneration, and dental implants. This branch of dentistry deals with the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases that may affect the supporting and surrounding tissues of the teeth or their substitutes (such as dentures), as well as the maintenance of the health, function, and aesthetics of these structures and tissues. They specialize in the treatment of periodontitis, or advanced gum disease.

5. Prosthodontist

Prosthodontists specialize in the replacement and restoration of broken teeth with crowns, bridges, or removable prosthetics. They are also trained in the preservation of a healthy mouth and creation of tooth replacements. Additionally, they have specialized training in post oral cancer reconstruction, jaw joint problems, traumatic injuries of the mouth, and snoring and sleeping disorders.

6. Oral and maxillofacial surgeon

These dental specialists are responsible for treating a wide variety of dental problems, including the removal of impacted teeth, as well as reconstructive facial surgery. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are also responsible for the diagnosis and treatment of diseases, injuries, and defects involving both functional and aesthetic aspects of the soft and hard tissues of the oral and maxillofacial region.

Next time you encounter an oral health problem, never worry – there is a dental specialist that can take care of your specific needs.

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