Do you need a dentist or an orthodontist? Where do you go for more serious gum issues?Who can help you with braces? There are many types of dentists available to help you handle the problems you face, but it can be a confusing topic for most people. To help clear up the confusion, we wanted to go over the main types of dental specializations.
General dentists are sometimes called “family dentists” and they are the ones you go to for your regular dental care. This is the where you go for dental cleanings, preventative care, and a range of restorative care options like fillings and repairing cracked teeth. They are generally the first line of defense for your family’s oral health. They are also often the starting for finding other issues and getting to the appropriate specialist.
An Orthodontist is the specialist you’d go to for braces, but they do much more than that. They are largely concerned with correcting misaligned teeth, jaw bones, and supporting facial structures. Their goal is to help improve your bite and restore proper function. To do this they often design customized solutions designed to fix your specific problem.
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are medically trained specialists who focus on the hard and soft tissues of the mouth. After dental school, they complete additional training so that they can perform these more invasive procedures. They are responsible for many procedures such as complex tooth extractions, surgical jaw corrections, cleft palate surgeries, and more.
Periodontists specialize in preventing, diagnosing, and treating various types of gum issues. They are often called into the picture when things are serious, including grafting gums to help heal severe gum disease. Many times they work with your family dentist or other specialists when this type of specialized care is needed.
A Prosthodontist creates oral prostheses to replace damaged or missing teeth or to repair larger issues with the jaw. The work they do is for both cosmetic and reconstructive reasons in case of traumatic injury. To be a prosthodontist, a dentist must complete two to three years of additional, advanced training.
Dr. Petteway is one of the area’s only prosthodontists. He has over 30 years experience, with unique education and training in this specialization. Schedule an appointment here to learn how he can help you!