Nine Dental specialities
First, what kind of dentist do you need? Many times the ‘dentist’ is used to refer to all different types of oral health care doctors. The Yankee Dental Association (ADA) acknowledges 9 dental specialities. Many dentists are skilled in more than one dental speciality. Here is a list of the nine dental specialities and a brief description for each one.
General Dentist: A general dentist graduates with a Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS) or a Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) indicates the degree awarded upon graduation from dental school to become a general dentist. There is no difference between the two degrees. General dentists specialize in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases and conditions of the oral cavity. Your general dentist is typically the first doctor you will see for dental exams and bi-annual cleanings.
Endodontist: Endodontics is a branch of dentistry that specializes on the internal structure of the teeth and surrounding tissue. They focus primarily on procedures related to the soft tissue, gums, tendons and roots of the teeth. If you are in need of root canal therapy your general dentist will most likely refer you to an Endodontist.
Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology: This specialty of dentistry is entirely focused on production of images to help diagnose and manage oral disease. They help diagnose a wide variety of diseases in the oral and maxillofacial region through the use of X-rays, CT Scans, MRIs and imaging technology.