Endodontics is the practice of diagnosing and treating conditions affecting the tooth pulp and periapical tissues. An endodontist examines the quality of the pulp and periapical tissues with x-rays and a series of specialized tests to determine the state of its condition. The goal is to maintain and preserve your natural teeth.
An oral and maxillofacial surgeon treats the face, jaws, and mouth. Typically, these specialists have over 4 to 7 years of medical and surgical training to partake in any surgical procedure.
Orthodontics is the practice of correcting misalignment concerning the teeth and jaws. This can include treatments such as retainers and braces. The most common issues orthodontists treat are: crowded teeth, crooked teeth and jaw issues such as thumb-sucking and advancing tooth decay.
Pediatrics is the practice of treating children’s teeth. This includes additional years of training focusing on the behavior, development and special need aspects of caring for children. Only a pediatric dentist knows how to properly treat baby bottle tooth decay, dental caries among others.
Periodontics focuses on diagnosing and treating periodontal disease. Most commonly known as gum disease, periodontists undergo two extra years of study immediately after completion of dental school. These specialists educate and treat patients about taking care of their gums to maintain overall health.
You may be referred to a periodontist in order to get recommendations for high-quality periodontal treatment.