Different Types of Dental Specialties

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If you’ve seen one dentist, you’ve seen them all, right? Well, no, not exactly. For regular check-ups, teeth cleanings, and a random filling here and there, most patients visit a general dentist. Occasionally, however, our teeth require care that is above and beyond the basic. There are actually many different branches of dentistry, known as dental specialties, and each one deals with a very specific facet of your oral care.

Dental specialists are dentists who have received supplementary schooling and training in a particular area of dentistry that is above and beyond what is required for a degree in general dentistry. Sometimes, because of your genetics, problems with your general health, an accident that caused injury to your teeth or jaw, or any one of a hundred reasons, you might have to make an appointment with a dental specialist at one time or another.

Endodontist: Root Canal Specialist

Different Types of Dental Specialties

If the pulp in your teeth develops an infection or the inside of your teeth is diseased or damaged in any way, your regular dentist will most likely refer you to an endodontist. An endodontist is a kind of dentist who identifies and treats issues with this delicate interior of your teeth. Endodontists uncover the reason for your tooth pain and, in most instances, conduct root canals on unhealthy teeth.

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon

This specialty within the field of dentistry tackles issues associated with the soft and hard tissues of your jaw, face, and mouth. This kind of dental specialist is not needed for every type of oral surgery. Oral and maxillofacial specialists carry out very complicated procedures or procedures that demand extremely high degrees of sedation past what laughing gas or nitrous oxide are able to provide. Actually, oral and maxillofacial surgeons are the only medical professionals, besides anesthesiologists, who are able to offer every level of sedation. Some specific procedures conducted by oral and maxillofacial surgeons are corrective jaw surgery, tooth extractions, and surgery on a cleft palate or cleft lip.

Pediatric Dentist

A pediatric specialist is to a child’s teeth what a pediatrician is to their body. Pediatric dentists concentrate on dental care and oral development of kids from the time they are newborns until they are teenagers. 

Periodontist: Gum Specialist

A periodontist is mainly centered on the treatment, diagnosis, and prevention of diseases that affect your gums and other structures that hold your teeth in place. Periodontists diagnose and treat the initial stages of gum disease. They also conduct minor surgeries such as pocket reduction procedures and gum grafts in order to treat serious gum disease.

At McBride Dental, we provide a full range of dental services that help our patients maintain healthy teeth and gums. Only through routine dental appointments and diligent oral care can you keep your teeth healthy and functional.

The professional staff at the San Marcos offices of Dr. Michael McBride are able to answer any questions you may have regarding cosmetic or restorative dentistry, as well as various common dental procedures. We can assist you in establishing good oral health habits to ensure that your teeth are always there when you need them and your smile always looks perfect.

If you would like to schedule an appointment with us, please give us a call at (760) 471-1003 and speak with a member of our dental staff today.

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