What Types of Treatments Do Specialty Dentists Offer?

Dental specialties are a wide range of services that are provided by specialized dentists. These include endodontics, orthodontics, periodontics, prosthodontics, pediatric dentistry and more. Pediatric dentists are one of the dental specialties that focus on providing comprehensive treatments to children and helping them overcome physical and mental difficulties that could be affecting their oral health. When it is determined that our patients have signs of bone loss around their teeth during their routine, preventive and hygienic cleaning visit, we generally schedule a deep cleaning, often with local antibiotics, so that the gums are healthy again and to train our patients on how to improve their home care.

The difference between routine cleaning and deep cleaning is that deep cleaning is generally necessary when a patient hasn't visited any type of dentist for a while, has excessive bleeding and swelling, or may have unhealthy levels of bacteria or tartar under the gums. If your gums and teeth don't respond or need additional treatment, we'll have our periodontist perform an exam. Periodontists are trained to treat these diseased areas and will strive to save your teeth unless they have passed a point of no return. Periodontists perform many procedures such as reducing excess gums, equalizing the level of the gums for aesthetic purposes, adding gum grafts to areas that are sunken and lack tissue, bone grafts in areas that lack bone, hopeless tooth extractions, placing dental implants to support the crowns, and replacing missing teeth (including the All-on-4 procedure which restores an entire mouth full of teeth in one day) and biopsies on suspicious tissue areas.

Thanks to a combination of factors such as patient demand, technology and the fact that multidisciplinary care not only brings new sources of income but also attracts new patients, general dentists are providing more specialized care than ever. Paediatric dentistry or pedodontist Pediatric dentistry or pedodontics is an age-defined specialty that provides primary and comprehensive preventive and therapeutic oral health care to infants and children during adolescence including those with special health care needs. While general dentists and other dental specialists can perform root canals, the specialists are endodontists. In a trend that is likely supported by invisible aligner systems, 40% of the general practitioners surveyed now offer orthodontic treatments while oral pathology (23%) and “other specialized care” (12%) complete the list of specialized services provided.

Dental specialties are recognized by the National Commission for the Recognition of Dental Specialties and Certification Boards (NCRDSCB) to protect the public, promote the art and science of dentistry, and improve the quality of care. Orthodontic dentists are often considered a branch of the cosmetic dentist because they provide teeth straightening services. After graduating, an emerging dentist must apply to the appropriate state dental board to become a licensed dentist in that state. While general dentists can treat patients of any age, pediatric dentists are specially trained to address the specific needs and oral health of children and adolescents such as fluoride treatments and dental sealants.

Dentists Anesthesiologists Dental anesthesiology is the specialty of dentistry and the discipline of anesthesiology that treats pain, anxiety and the general health of the patient during dental, oral, maxillofacial and complementary surgical or diagnostic procedures throughout the perioperative period.

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