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Types of Dentist

What are the different types of Dentists?

Do you remember years ago when there was basically one type of dentist? You visited your local dentist and they performed all your dental work. Well today, just as with many other types of businesses, dentistry has evolved into multiple services.



Now when you look for a local dentist you will see specialized dentistry services offered. These could include pediatric dentists, orthodontist, periodontist, and more. It can be confusing knowing exactly what each one offers. To help you identify what the differences are, we’ve written a short explanation below.

Family Dentist – This is basically your general dentist that you go to for your regular checkups and x-rays. Most dentists now employ hygienists who clean your teeth for you. After the cleaning, the dentist will come in to perform your dental checkup. You may see your dentist three or four times a year. Of course, if the hygienist discovers a problem the dentist will be called in to look at the issue.

Pediatric Dentist – A pediatric dentist specializes in treating infants, young children, and teenagers. Their main focus is on regular oral exams, providing preventative treatments and repairing any defective teeth.

Periodontist – A periodontist focuses on your gums rather than your teeth. Their area of specialization includes treating and preventing gum disease. They will also perform treatments such as implants and gum restructuring.

Orthodontist – This is the dentist that you go to for problems with the placement of your teeth. An orthodontist will fit you with braces and help with any teeth straightening issues. They will determine if your teeth can be straightened without the need for surgery.

Endodontist – This is the person you go to for those dreaded root canals! An Endodontist is experienced in treating issues below the teeth enamel. This includes problems in your blood vessels, gum pulp, and your nerves.

Oral surgeon – The main reason to visit an oral surgeon would be to have a tooth extracted. Oral surgeons also deal with neck, jaw and other head issues that are related to your mouth.

Cosmetic Dentistry – The term cosmetic dentistry covers a wide range of services offered by a dentist. A cosmetic dentist will offer treatments that enhance the look of your teeth. This includes procedures such as teeth whitening, implant surgery, dental bonding, and dental hygiene services.

The American Dental Association does not offer certification for Cosmetic Dentists. So it is important to make sure that the dentist has received training through an accredited course. Many states have their own listings for dentistry organizations, so check through your local listings to find a qualified cosmetic dentist.

Hopefully, this short overview has given you a good understanding of the different types of dentists. For more information, call us at (626) 287-2625.

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