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Different Types of Dentists You May See

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You may often hear about people going to different dental specialists to address different types of problems. Here are a few types of dentists that you should know about.

1. Periodontists

Periodontists specialize in preventing, diagnosing, and treating gum disease, along with the bone and tissues that support the teeth. These dental specialists are also trained in the placement of dental implants and cosmetic periodontal procedures.

2. Prosthodontists

The essential job of a prosthodontist is to treat complex dental and facial conditions. They utilize artificial devices, such as implants, crowns, bridges, and dentures to replace missing teeth. Because of their advanced training, they are able to restore missing parts of a patient's jaw and face.

3. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons specialize in the reconstructive surgery of the head, neck, mouth, jaw, and face and are trained in the administration of anesthesia. They are widely known for procedures such as wisdom teeth removal and placement of dental implants; however, they can also perform more advanced procedures for patients that have sustained a trauma to their face due to their extensive training. 

4. Endodontists

Endodontists specialize in the diagnosing and treatment of tooth pain. Often times the necessary treatment is a root canal, which is the removal of the pulp found in the roots of the tooth. This allows an infected tooth to be saved. Endodontists are exceptionally prepared in performing root canals and medical procedures to treat tooth pain due to their additional two to three years of training after dental school.

5. Orthodontists

Orthodontists specialize in malocclusion treatment, a condition where the teeth are not situated accurately in the upper and lower jaws. Malocclusions can prompt an inappropriate chomp, like an overbite or underbite. Orthodontists give fixed and removable appliances that right a person's nibble and realign teeth over the long haul.

6. Pediatric Dentists

Pediatric dental specialists treat babies and kids through puberty. Additionally, they have the qualifications and experience that allow them to treat young patients with physical or mental disabilities. A pediatric dentist will offer the best possible care for your child, as their office and equipment are specially designed and decorated for young children, which will help them feel more at ease during their visits.


For more information about dentistry, the different types of dentists, and what they specialize in, please get in touch with Piedmont Pediatric Dentistry.

Posted on Sep 27, 2021
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