Dentists are highly-trained professionals that can provide a wide range of services to their patients. However, there are times when your dentist may refer you to a specialist. Dental specialists are dentists who have undergone additional training in a specific area of dentistry. This may be because you need complex dental work done, or because you have a specific dental condition that requires treatment from a specialist. In this blog post, we will discuss the different types of dental specialists and what they do. We will also talk about when your dentist may refer you to one of these specialists.
An orthodontist is a dentist who has specialized training and experience in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental malocclusion. Orthodontists can treat patients of all ages with braces or other appliances to straighten teeth that are crooked or misaligned, as well as correct bite problems like overbites and underbites. Many general dentists offer Invisalign® treatment for mild cases, but if you are considering braces, your dentist will likely refer you to an orthodontist for treatment.
An endodontist is a dentist who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and injuries affecting the pulp (the soft tissue inside the tooth) and root canal system. Endodontists can perform a variety of procedures, such as root canal therapy, endodontic retreatment, and apicoectomy (removal of the tip of the tooth’s root). If you are experiencing pain or other symptoms in your teeth or gums, your dentist may refer you to an endodontist for treatment.
An oral surgeon is a dentist who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and injuries affecting the mouth, teeth, and gums. Oral surgeons can perform a variety of procedures, such as dental extractions (removal of teeth), biopsy, and implant placement. If you are experiencing pain or other symptoms in your mouth, teeth, or gums, your dentist may refer you to an oral surgeon for treatment.
A pediatric dentist is a dentist who specializes in the care of children’s teeth. Pediatric dentists are experts in child development and can provide dental care for infants, toddlers, and pre-teens. If you have a child that is experiencing dental pain or other symptoms, your dentist may refer you to a pediatric dentist for treatment.
A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the care of the gums, as well as the other tissues surrounding the teeth. Periodontists can perform a variety of procedures, such as dental implants, bone grafts (repairing damaged bones), gum grafts, and periodontal surgery. If you are experiencing severe gum disease, your dentist may refer you to a periodontist for treatment.
A prosthodontist is a dentist who specializes in the development and care of dental restorations. Prosthodontists can perform a variety of procedures, such as dental crowns (caps), bridges and dentures. If you are missing teeth or have severely damaged teeth, your dentist may refer you to a prosthodontist for treatment. You may also see a prosthodontist to maintain an existing dental restoration.
If you are experiencing pain or other symptoms in your teeth or gums caused by a complex dental issue, your dentist may refer you to one of the above specialists for treatment. However, it is important to remember that not all dental problems require specialist care. Many times, your dentist can provide you with the treatment you need. If you have any questions or concerns, be sure to ask your dentist.
Dr. Roman Fedorciw has been in private practice in Cromwell since 1991. He is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and the American Dental Association. He is also a member of the Connecticut Dental Association and Middlesex County Dental Association. Dr. Fedorciw has been acknowledged by his peers as one of the “Top Dentists” in Hartford County by Hartford Magazine and in the state of Connecticut by Connecticut Magazine.