People tend to think that dentists only deal with teeth, but what they don’t know is that dentists help their patients’ overall oral health. In this article, we will explore some of the things that dental care professionals have to offer besides taking care of your teeth.
The general dentist
Think of the general dentist as the general practitioner when it comes to medicine, this healthcare professional can diagnose, treat and manage your oral health needs such as root canals, gums, fillings, crowns, veneers, bridges and can give you general recommendations.
The endodontist is a specialist in the care, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of the myriad of diseases and conditions that affect human dental pulp and the nerve of the tooth.
The oral and maxillofacial radiologist
This healthcare professional focuses on taking and interpreting X-ray imageology and useful data that comes out of these images, in order to help diagnose and manage conditions of the oral and maxillofacial region.
Oral and maxillofacial surgeon
This kind of healthcare provider performs many types of surgical procedures in and about the entire face, mouth, and jaw area. They treat accident victims that have suffered facial injury, by offering reconstructive surgery and dental implant surgery, they are experts in tooth extraction, particularly wisdom teeth.
They also deal with tumors, perform biopsies, position implants, and realign jaws to improve patients with bite disorders.
An orthodontist specializes in the diagnosis, prevention, interception and treatment of malocclusions, which are disorders in which the bite is affected. They straighten out teeth by moving them through the bone jaw by the use of bands, wires, braces, and retainers.
The pediatric dentist
A pediatric dentist takes care of diagnosis and treatment of the dental problem of young children to early adolescents. They can treat or refer medical problems related to tooth decay, crowded, missing or crooked teeth.
These dentists have an extra two years of training beyond dental school to get familiarized with child development, behavior, physical growth and the special needs of child dentistry,
This healthcare professional diagnoses, prevents, and treats all conditions and diseases affecting the soft tissues of the mouth and bones. They are the authority in the treatment of gingivitis and periodontitis. They perform root planning, crown lengthening procedures, gum and bone grafts, soft tissue and hard tissue recontouring or removal and implant placement.
This professional is the oral healthcare provider that specializes in the repair of natural teeth and/or replacement of missing teeth on a larger scale than a general dentist does. The prosthodontist utilizes artificial teeth, gold crowns, and caps, ceramic crowns, to replace missing or extracted teeth. They are the gold standard in the use of dental implants.
They also work with patients that have neck and head deformities, they replace missing parts of the jaw, and work with multidisciplinary groups of periodontists and maxillofacial surgeons in the care of complex cases.