Dental Specialists


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As there are so many aspects to dentistry as a whole, you will find that there are dental specialists who concentrate on one particular area. If you require a specialist for any reason, you will usually be referred to a specialist through your general dentist or alternatively you can locate the specialist by yourself.

Orthodontists

These dentists deal primarily with straightening teeth. They work with people to provide braces and teeth straightening techniques such as ‘Invisalign’, resulting in a straighter smile.

Prosthodontist

These dentists are also known as restorative dentists and most often work with people to give dentures andcrowns/dental bridges, treat traumas to the teeth and offer oral cancer care. They are also responsible for the maintenance of these conditions.

Oral/Maxillofacial Surgeon

You may come into contact with a surgeon if you require some teeth to be removed or a wide range of problems surrounding the jaw and injuries affecting the mouth and face.

Pediatric Dentist

These are dentists who deal with the oral health of children.

Endodontist

The most common procedure performed by these types of dentists is the root canal. They are primarily concerned with dental ‘pulp’.

Periodontist

These dentists look at how to prevent, identify and treat gum problems such as gum disease and dental implants.

Cosmetic Dentists

Although cosmetic dentists are not strictly ‘specialists’ and as such do not require particular accreditation, some dentists often concentrate their work on cosmetic aspects and look essentially at the aesthetics of a persons teeth. They will consider making teeth whiter and more appealing, often performing smile makeovers or other procedures aimed at appearance rather than healthcare.


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