Dental specialists are dentists who have received additional training in a specific dental specialty, beyond their general dentistry degree. This specialized training allows them to diagnose and treat conditions that general dentists or other specialists in the field of dentistry may not be able to. For example, an Endodontist is a dental specialist who is highly trained to diagnose and treat tooth pain and perform endodontic treatments. When you visit your general dentist for routine care, they may recommend or refer you to an Endodontist for specialized care.
In addition, Periodontists are dental specialists who specialize in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of gum disease. After graduating from dental school, an emerging dentist must apply to the appropriate state dental board to become a licensed dentist in that state. Periodontists work closely with general dentists to help prevent gum disease and create treatment plans when gum disease occurs. Other types of dental specialists include Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, Orthodontists, Prosthodontists, and Pediatric Dentists. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases, injuries, and defects of the mouth, teeth, jaws, and face.
Orthodontists specialize in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of dental and facial irregularities. Prosthodontists specialize in the restoration and replacement of teeth using crowns, bridges, dentures, and implants. Pediatric Dentists specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of oral health issues in children. If you need specialized care for your teeth or gums, your general dentist is the one who will often refer you to a specialist. Depending on your condition, they will be able to recommend the best type of specialist for your needs.