Dentistry is a big field. There are so many specialties that fit under the umbrella of dentistry that it can often be hard to tell the difference between what is what when choosing a dentist. For example, there’s oral surgeons, endodontists, orthodontists, dentists, and even periodontists and prosthodontists. But what are they, and who do you really need to see? Here’s a breakdown of what kind of dental practitioners are out there, and who you should see for your oral health care.
A general dentist can do much of what the other dental specialists can do, but their main focus is everyday oral health, such as cleanings, exams, cancer screenings, and repair work like fillings, periodontal treatments, and even cosmetic procedures like orthodontics and veneers.
A cosmetic dentist focuses mostly on cosmetic procedures like veneers, but can also treat other issues like orthodontics and repairing damage to the teeth like chips and cracks or discoloration to the teeth.
Oral surgeons are often responsible for surgery that cannot be performed by a general dentist. They can do everything from remove teeth to installing dental implants to performing surgery on cleft lips or cleft palettes.
Endodontists work with patients with tooth infections such as abscesses or those who need root canals. Endodontists are specialists in the care of the tooth pulp that resides inside your teeth.
Orthodontists specifically treat the placement of the teeth by installing and adjusting braces, whether they be wire and bracket or clear aligners like Invisalign®.
Periodontists are dental specialists who work specifically with the gums. Periodontists help treat periodontal diseases and can perform procedures like root scaling and planing and gum grafts.
Prosthodontists are jaw specialists who can help restore teeth and jaw bones. They can install dental implants, crowns, bridges, and even help with the design and implementation of dentures.
What Kind Of Dentist Do I Need?
Whether you’re seeking braces, dental implants, or a root canal, Dr. Abelar can help. Your first step in any procedure is a visit to Dr. Abelar, who is skilled in many of these procedures. If he cannot perform them due to the complexity of your case, he will refer you to one of these specialists who can.
To schedule a consultation with Dr. Abelar, please contact the office today.