What is “Specialty” Dentistry?
Unlike general dentistry, specialty dentistry is dentistry that requires specific training and certification beyond basic dental needs. There are a variety of specialized dentist, and you’ve probably heard of the most common ones, like orthodontists. But there are also specialized dentists specifically for common procedures like root canals. Specialists are also general dentists and can perform all procedures, but generally focus on only their specialty.
Premier Dental Care is a multi-specialty practice and we can perform most treatments on site. Our team of specialists can handle a wide array of dental procedures. In addition to our General Dentists, we also have a Periodontist, an Endodontist, an Orthodontist, and a Pediatric Dentist.
What are Common Procedures that Require a Specialty?
- Endodontists perform Root Canals which is treating the “canal” inside of teeth where blood vessels and nerves– also called “pulp” supply blood and sensory feedback. When the pulp becomes inflamed due to caries, cracks, and decay root canal therapy may be indicated. Sometimes pulpitis is reversible, sometimes it is not at which point root canal therapy is required to relieve the symptoms of pain. After having a root canal performed most patients then require restorative procedures as well.
- Periodontists perform surgeries that may be required in gum tissue. Some common periodontal procedures include crown lengthening when there is insufficient tooth structure to place a crown. Osseous surgery may be necessary for patients with advanced periodontal disease, implants, extractions, and tissue grafts.
- Orthodontists specialize in helping patients with the alignment of their teeth, improving their bite, or fitting them for corrective braces and devices. Orthodontists are dentists that specialize in the alignment of teeth and provide services related to misaligned teeth, crowded teeth, overbites, and underbites.
- Pediatric dentists specialize in the oral health of children from infancy through the teen years. Pediatric dentists have the experience and qualifications to care for your child’s teeth throughout the various stages of childhood. Pediatric dentists know how to examine and treat children in ways that make them comfortable. In addition, pediatric dentists use specially designed equipment in offices that are arranged and decorated with children in mind. Oral health care provided by Pediatric dentists includes oral exams, preventative care, habit counseling (for example, pacifier use and thumb sucking), early assessment for straightening teeth and correcting an improper bite (orthodontics), as well as others.
There are also a variety of oral surgeries that require a specialized dentist. Some of these procedures can only be done by an oral surgeon at a dedicated oral surgery facility which requires a referral. But other procedures can be performed by a dentist with certain certifications, including tooth extractions.