Types of Dentists
The general dentist is trained to provide
comprehensive care from dental examinations to
dental surgery. While most dental procedures can
be provided by the general dentist, a patient may
be referred to a specialist if the general dentist
feels special expertise is necessary.
Endodontist care for the inner portion
of the teeth. They perform root canals and treat
diseases of the pulp and nerves inside the tooth.
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons treat
injuries and defects of the mouth and jaw; they
also often perform complex tooth extractions.
Oral pathologists examine, identify,
diagnose and treat diseases of the mouth.
Orthodontists design and apply
corrective and supportive appliances (braces) to
realign crooked teeth.
Pediatric dentists care for infants,
children, adolescents and special patients having
psychological, physical or emotional problems.
These practitioners are skilled at handling the
first visits to the dentist.
Periodontists treat diseases of the
soft tissues (gums) and bone that surround and
support the teeth.
Prosthodontists design, construct and
fit replacement teeth, such as implants,
bridgework and dentures.