Dental Specialties

What is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon (OMFS)?

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are dentists specializing in surgery of the mouth, face and jaws. After four years of dental school, surgeons receive four to seven years of hospital-based surgical and medical training, preparing them to do a wide range of procedures including all types of surgery of both the bones and soft tissues of the face, mouth and neck.  Oral surgeons can perform extractions (most commonly 3rd molars), diagnose and treat pathology, place implants, and manage jaw reconstruction after trauma, among other things.

What is a Periodontist?

Periodontists are dentists who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of periodontal (gum) disease.  As specialists, they devote their time, energy and skill to helping patients care for their gums.  Periodontists can diagnose and treat pathology, place implants, manage periodontal disease, perform cosmetic gum contouring procedures and more.

Why is your dentist referring you to a Periodontist?

Your dentist has determined that your gums require special attention. The periodontist and dentist work together as a team to provide you with the highest level of care. They will combine their experience to recommend the best treatment available to you while keeping each other informed on your progress. By referring you to the specialist, your dentist is showing a strong commitment to your dental health.

What is an Endodontist?

An endodontist is a dentist who examines, diagnoses and treats diseases and destructive processes, including injuries and abnormalities, of dental pulps (nerves) and periapical tissues of the teeth.

Endodontists examine patients and interpret radiographs.  He or she will perform pulp tests to determine pulp vitality and periapical tissue condition. Endodontists evaluate their findings and prescribe a method of treatment, such as root canal therapy, to prevent loss of teeth.

What is a Prosthodontist?

The prosthodontist is a dentist who specializes in examining and diagnosing disabilities caused by loss of teeth and supporting structures. They formulate and execute treatment plans for the extensive and sometimes complex construction of corrective prostheses to restore proper function and esthetics of the mouth, face, and jaw.

What is a Pediatric Dentist?

A pediatric dentist focuses on management and treatment of a child’s developing teeth, child behavior, physical growth and development, and the special needs of children’s dentistry. Although a general dentist is capable of addressing your child’s oral health care needs, a pediatric dentist, his or her staff, and even the 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 be considered.

What is an Orthodontist?

An orthodontist is a dentist who specializes in preventing and correcting mouth, teeth, and jaw alignment problems. Using braces, retainers, and other devices, an orthodontist helps straighten a person’s teeth and correct the way the jaws line up.

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

Why is your dentist referring you to an Orthodontist?

Your dentist or one of your parents might recommend it because they see a problem with your teeth or jaws. A child, young adult or adult who doesn’t like the way his or her teeth look might ask to see an orthodontist.