Dental Decoded: 4 Common Types of Dental Specialists

Do you know the difference between an endodontist and a periodontist? Learn about the different dental professionals who may care for your oral health.

Do you know the difference between an endodontist and a periodontist? Learn about the different dental professionals who may care for your oral health.

Your general dentist is just one of the many professionals who can help you maintain a healthy smile. There are a lot of “odontists” out there – from ones who help with appliances like braces to others who specialize in restorations. Here are a few of the most common specialized dentistry professionals:

  • Endodontists are dentists who specialize in the soft inner tissue of the teeth, called the pulp. Infection of this area can cause tooth sensitivity and intense pain. Endodontists diagnose and treat infected roots and traumatic dental injuries, through procedures such as root canals and endondontic surgery.
  • Orthodontists work to correct teeth and jaws that are positioned improperly by using braces, retainers, spacers, headgear and more. Crooked teeth are harder to keep clean and are more likely to be lost early due to tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease. Crooked teeth are also misaligned, which can lead to speech problems, jaw pain, unhealthy gums and trouble biting or chewing. Orthodontists can help provide a healthier mouth, a more pleasing appearance and teeth that are more likely to last a lifetime.
  • Periodontists specialize in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of periodontal (gum) disease. Periodontal diseases range from simple gum inflammation (gingivitis) to major damage to the soft tissue and bone that support the teeth. Periodontic treatment includes scaling and root planing, gum grafts and dental implants.
  • Prosthodontists are experts at restoring and/or replacing teeth. Prosthodontists use a variety of techniques such as crowns, bridges, full or partial dentures and dental implants to restore tooth appearance and function following loss or damage.

Although many general dentists provide a full range of specialty services, if you need treatment beyond what your primary care dentist can provide, he or she may refer you to one of these specialists.

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5 Responses to “Dental Decoded: 4 Common Types of Dental Specialists”

  1. Dr. Joe Tagliarini
    05/28/2015 at 1:35 pm #

    There’s a lot more to dentistry than most people realize! Our goal as dental professionals is to make sure people’s mouths are as healthy as possible. We need to work together to solve whichever problems our patients may have.

  2. Clemente Casagranda
    09/03/2015 at 8:05 pm #

    Find tips for victims of hurricanes and other natural disasters when they have dental problems and can’t reach their usual dentists. From periodontists to orthodontists, you can find a range of specialized dentist fields within the profession, depending on what you need.

  3. Dentures south Auckland
    02/28/2017 at 1:25 am #

    Here is the great information about dental decoded. this blog provides great knowledge about 4 Common Types of Dental Specialists. There are a lot of “dentists” out there – from the ones who help with appliances like braces to others who specialize in restorations. Thanks a lot for this blog post.

  4. Ivy Baker
    06/01/2017 at 9:51 pm #

    This is some really good information about dental professionals. I will be needing to find a new dentist once I finish moving. So, I liked that you talked about how Periodontic will be the people who will be helping with soft tissue and bone damage to your jaw. My family has issues with our mouths soft tissue issues.

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