Understanding Dental Specialties
What kinds of dental specialties are there?
There are numerous different dental specialty areas, which each have specialized training, skills, and services to offer our patients. At Concerned Dental, our team is made up of dentists, orthodontists, periodontists, children’s dentists, oral surgeons, endodontists, prosthodontists, and numerous other dental professionals. Learn more about each dental specialist below:
A general dentist offers a wide range of preventative dental services, including routine dental exams, dental cleanings, and dental sealants. In addition to your preventative dental services, a general dentist provides routine treatments and services, including tooth fillings, digital X-rays, emergency dental care, and inlays/onlays.
An orthodontist is a healthcare specialist who can adjust misaligned teeth and fix problems with the jaw. This enables a patient to bite correctly and restores function in the jaw for chewing, speaking, and smiling. An orthodontist is sometimes recommended to a person after a routine dental check-up. Your orthodontist can help straighten your teeth and realign your jaw using treatments such as braces, retainers, and other adjustment devices.
Oral Surgeons / Maxillofacial Surgeons
An oral surgeon or maxillofacial surgeon is a type of dentist who has received additional training in surgery for the teeth, gums, and other structures related to the mouth. After their dental school education, an oral surgeon completes four to seven years of surgical and medical training in a hospital setting. This enables them to gain the skills and experience needed to perform a wide range of procedures correcting the jaw, face, and mouth.
At Concerned Dental, we have a number of children’s dentists on staff who have completed an additional two years of training focused on caring for a child’s teeth as they develop. Pediatric dentists are not only familiar with the structural changes that occur in during a child’s growth but also study child psychology and how to deal with children who are nervous about visiting the dentist. Our dentists are able to provide compassionate care that specifically addresses the needs of young children.
A periodontist is a dentist who has three additional years of education after finishing dental school, which focuses on keeping the gums and jawbones surrounding your teeth in great shape. A periodontist often helps patients to prevent, diagnose, and treat periodontal disease (gum disease). This kind of doctor is able to perform a number of cosmetic and health procedures to address periodontal issues.
An endodontist is a dentist whose specialty is in treating the inner layers of your teeth. This kind of professional has additional training to understand conditions related to dental pulp and inner tissues of your teeth. Tooth infections, tooth damages, and tooth diseases are some of the common conditions that an endodontist can diagnose and treat. Additionally, an endodontist helps ensure that these kinds of tooth problems don’t lead to tooth loss.
A prosthodontist is another type of dentist who deals with oral function, appearance, and comfort following tooth loss or tooth damage. Our skilled prosthodontists at Concerned Dental offer cosmetic and functional tooth restoration options, including dental crowns, dental implants, dentures, and veneers. These treatment options offer patients an improved appearance as well as better oral health and function.
To learn more about our dental specialties, visit our areas of specialty page or visit us in The Bronx, Queens, Manhattan, Westchester, and Long Island. Our modern and friendly practice is home to a highly-qualified team of general dentists, orthodontists, oral surgeons, and other dental professionals who can handle all aspects of dentistry from one convenient location. To book your visit, call our office at 800.583.9285 or request an appointment today.