When you think about dentistry, you probably just think about the person who takes care of you and your family’s teeth. However, a dentist can go to school longer and become a dental specialist in several different areas. Today’s Smarter Smiles with HomeTown Dental, we’re going to be telling you all about the main dental specialist types.
Specializing on what’s inside your teeth, an endodontist is concerned with the morphology, physiology and pathology of the dental pulp and periradicular tissue. This dental specialist will generally be the one performing root canals as well as the prevention and treatment of other diseases and injuries to the pulp and tooth nerves.
Most people probably already know what an orthodontist is, but we’ll still cover it. An orthodontist is a dental specialist whose focus is on the development, prevention and correction of irregularities of the teeth, bite and jaw. While some dental practices have an onsite orthodontist, most practices, like HomeTown Dental, partner with a specific orthodontics practice whom they refer their patients to.
Just as you take your child to a medical specialist – pediatrician – so do you take them to a dental specialist – pediatric dentist. Monitoring your child’s dental health from infancy to their teenage years, your pediatric dentist will also work closely with your child’s pediatrician to provide comprehensive care.
Turning their attention specifically towards what surround your teeth, a periodontist is responsible for the care and prevention of gum-related diseases, guided bone regeneration and dental implants. Think of them as like the dental specialist that focuses on the perimeter of your teeth with the supporting and surrounding tissues.
As we slightly covered in our Smarter Smiles segment about prosthodontics, a prosthodontist is a dental specialist that focuses on providing prosthetic dental treatments. From simple crowns and bridges to more complex veneers and dentures, a prosthodontist will help patients regain confidence with a full smile.
If you’re in need of a local dental specialist, first reach out to your local HomeTown Dental to see if we’re capable of serving your dental needs. If we can’t help you, we’ll send you in the right direction.
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