Hello! My name is Den. This blog is going to cover a range of dental topics. I am not a dentist or a dental nurse but I have recently undergone a lot of dental treatment. This treatment has given me a great insight into the world of dentistry and I would like to share everything I have learnt with you here. Last year, I developed terrible pain in my mouth. I was diagnosed with severe tooth decay. The dentist removed the problem teeth and then inserted false ones in their place. He also whitened my teeth to improve my smile. I hope you find my blog useful.
Like comparing a GP to an ENT, endocrinologist or anaesthesiologist, there are also specialised types of dentists. To change from being a general dentist to a dental specialist, one is often required to complete years more of training and study, on top of the years first spent studying to become a dentist. And like with the many specialisations of doctors, because dentistry can also be needed in emergency situations, it may pay to learn a few of the names of these specialisations, what exactly they do, and what problems they can treat. So, what are the types of specialised dentist, and what makes them so special?
Specialising in the treatment of problems with the supporting structures of teeth, or periodontium, a periodontist is who you'd call if you had a disease or issue like gingivitis, receding gums or other gum problems.
Learned and practiced in the field of orthodontics or dentofacial orthopaedics, orthodontists specialise primarily in the positioning of teeth and jaws. If you have a bite issue such as a crossbite, overbite or underbite, or if you have crooked teeth and want someone truly experienced and knowledgeable to put your braces in, going to an orthodontist is your best option.
Orthodontists also work in collaboration with oral and maxillofacial surgeons, another specialized dentist, to perform orthognathic surgery, or corrective jaw surgery. Orthognathic surgery is often performed to correct problems such as cleft palates, for example.
With special knowledge, training and experience with the treatment of issues and diseases involving dental pulp, or the soft tissue inside every tooth, endodontists are especially important to people in need of a root canal.
If you're missing a tooth, a prosthodontist can help. Specialising in the replacement, restoration and function of teeth and the maintenance and appearance of such things, prosthodontists can provide implants, dentures and dental crowns, among many other options.
As the name implies, paediatric dentists, or pedodontists, specialise in the dental treatment of children and infants. Trained to handle almost all dental issues involving children, paediatric dentists typically provide primary care, comprehensive preventative care and therapeutic dentistry options for young teeth.
Taking your child to a paediatric dentist when they're young is especially important, as these dentists are trained to teach the foundations of proper dental hygiene in children. Also, taking your child to a paediatric dentist regularly when they're young will help in preventing them from developing a fear of dentists that far too many adults share.Share