Choosing A Dental Specialist

Choosing A Dental Specialist

A specialist in the dental field is similar to a specialist in any field. The reason specialists are so important is because they specifically dedicate their time to learning and training. They specifically focus on one or a couple specialized practices and are the person to seek out when you’re dealing with a unique issue.


Types of Dental Specialists

In the dental field, there are many specialists decided by the American Dental Association.

Some of the specialists include:

  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon
  • Orthodontist
  • Endodontist
  • Pediatric dentist
  • Periodontist
  • Prosthodontist

If you’re looking to know which specialist you’ll need to seek out, here is a run-down on who is the right doctor for you.


When to See a Dental Specialist

An Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon focuses on surgery of the mouth face and jaws. This is the dental specialist you would seek out if you were looking at getting dental implants, needed bone grafting, or soft tissue grafting.

An orthodontist is the dental specialist that focuses on the straightening of teeth. Specifically, they are trained in safe tooth movement and guidance of the jaw, dental and facial development.

Endodontists specialize in the saving teeth. If you were in need of a root canal, an endodontist would be the perfect doctor to see to provide treatment to you.

A Pediatric Dentist focuses on working on children’s teeth. This is important because not everyone is uniquely certified in working with children, or in the small space of a child’s mouth.

A Periodontist is the dentist you seek out if you need treatment, prevention or diagnosis of periodontal disease, or can place implants. Periodontists have extensive training on how to notice early signs of gum disease and how to properly treat the infection.

And finally, a Prosthodontist focuses on restoration and replacement of lost teeth, or if you suffer from damaged dentition.


Seeking Guidance from Your Dentist

Hopefully if you are seeking out a dental professional that is a specialist, this rundown is a good basis to start your search. Of course, your general dentist will be able to recommend any of these specialists to you if you are in serious need of unique treatment. Call Dr. Ashton Gary at our Cardinal Park Family Dental Care office today in Leesburg, VA to schedule your consultation.

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