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Dental Specialties

Dental Specialties

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Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMS)

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons specialize in surgery of the mouth, face, and jaws. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons receive four to seven years of hospital-based surgical and medical training in addition to dental school, preparing them to do a wide range of surgical procedures.


Periodontists specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of gum disease. After dental school, they undergo two additional years of study. A periodontist is one of the eight dental specialists recognized by the American Dental Association.


An endodontist examines, diagnoses, and treats diseases and destructive processes, including injuries and abnormalities of dental pulps. They are trained to examine patients and interpret radiographs to determine the best method of treatment to prevent tooth loss.


The prosthodontist examines and diagnoses disabilities caused by loss of teeth and supporting structures. They formulate and execute treatment plans to construct corrective prosthetics to restore both the aesthetics and functions of the mouth, face, and jaw.


A pediatric dentist has at least two additional years of training beyond dental school that focus on management and treatment of a child’s developing teeth, behavior, physical growth and development, and the special needs of children’s dentistry. If your child has special needs or is prone to anxiety, care from a pediatric dentist should be considered.


An orthodontist prevents and treats mouth, teeth, and jaw misalignments by using braces, retainers and other devices to straighten a person’s teeth and align the bite.

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