Dental Specialties

What is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon (OMS)?

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are dentists specializing in surgery of the mouth, face and jaws. After four years of dental school, surgeons receive four to seven years of hospital-based surgical and medical training, preparing them to do a wide range of procedures including all types of surgery of both the bones and soft tissues of the face, mouth and neck.

What is a Periodontist?

Periodontists are dentists who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease. They have had extensive training with two-three additional years of study after dental school. As specialists they devote their time, energy and skill to helping patients care for their gums. A periodontist is one of the eight dental specialists recognized by the American Dental Association.

Why is your dentist referring you to a Periodontist?

If you are referred to a periodontist, one of our doctors has determined that your gums require special attention. The periodontist and our general dentists work together as a team to provide you with the highest level of care. They will combine their experience to recommend the best treatment available to you while keeping each other informed on your progress. By referring you to the specialist, your dentist is showing a strong commitment to your dental health.

What is an Endodontist?

The Endodontist examines, diagnoses and treats diseases and destructive processes, including injuries and abnormalities of dental pulps (nerves and blood vessels) and periapical tissues of the teeth. Often referred to as Root Canal Specialists

Endodontists examine patients and interpret radiographs (x-rays) and various other diagnostic methods to assess the vitality of individual teeth. They evaluate their findings and prescribe a method of treatment to prevent loss of teeth. These specialists often provide essential treatment to insure retention of previously symptomatic teeth.

What is a Prosthodontist?

The prosthodontist examines and diagnoses disabilities caused by loss of teeth and supporting structures. They formulate treatment plans for the construction of corrective prostheses to restore proper function and esthetics of the mouth, face, and jaw. Often they treat patients with complicated problems and compromised overall health.

What is a Pediatric Dentist?

A pediatric dentist has at least two additional years of training beyond dental school. The additional training focuses on management and treatment of a child’s developing teeth, child behavior, physical growth and development, and the special needs of children’s dentistry. Although either type of dentist is capable of addressing your child’s oral health care needs, a pediatric dentist, his or her staff, and even the office décor are specifically directed to the care of children. If your child has special needs, our doctors can assist you with a referral to a pediatric dentist.

What is an Orthodontist?

An orthodontist treats conditions involving the alignment of teeth and the development of proper upper and lower jaw positions. Using brackets and wires, retainers, and other devices, orthodontists correct the alignment of teeth and assist in the ideal development of healthy jaw positions.

Our Team at Dental Health Concepts is committed to providing you with optimum care. We continue to assess your specific dental needs and employ the expertise of many specialists as your dental health warrants. Your concerns and comments regarding referrals are welcome and encouraged.