Why am I being sent to a dental specialist?
To become a dentist most doctors start with a university bachelor's degree and follow it with four years of dental school to earn a DDS or DMD. If a dentist finds one field of study that particularly interests them they can gain additional training by completing a residency in one of the NINE recognized dental specialties? This can take an additional two to five years.
If you have particular dental needs that go beyond the scope of general dentistry you may be referred to one of these specialty doctors for treatment. At Buxton Family Dental we try to provide a wide range of treatment to serve our patients as best we can, but we also understand that a referral to a specialist is often in the best interest of the patient. Some procedures require the expertise and experience of the doctors that provide these more specialized services on a daily basis. Because of this, we understand the importance of forming good relationships with the specialists in our area and we are fortunate to live in an area where we have many good specialists to choose from.
These are the specialties the typical patient is most likely to encounter:
- Orthodontist - Experts in straightening the teeth and jaws with braces. They mostly treat teenagers, but more and more adults are visiting orthodontists for their crooked teeth.
- Endodontist - Many toothaches end up needing a root canal. Root canal treatment can be a very difficult procedure to complete depending on the situation and that's where these root canal experts come in handy!
- Oral Surgeon - Known especially for removing wisdom teeth, but also treat injury, disease and perform many other complicated surgeries in the oral and maxillofacial region.
- Periodontist - These specialists focus on the structures supporting your teeth. They are known mainly for treating gum disease, but they also perform many other surgeries such as placing implants and gum grafts.
- Pedodontist - Experts in the care and treatment of children.
- Prosthodontist - If restoring or replacing your teeth is a more complicated situation than is usual, you may find yourself visiting a prosthodontist.