Most people probably know how a pediatric dentist differs from an orthodontist. But you may not know that the American Dental Association recognizes nine dental specialties. This post from Robert Matlach Dental in Huntington NY looks at disciplines within dentistry, and the years in which they were formally recognized by the ADA.
Endodontics (1983): This area focuses on dental pulp and periradicular tissues. If you need a root canal, you may require the services of an endodontist.
Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics (2003): If you want to straighten your teeth, you need an orthodontist. Dentofacial orthopedic specialists correct facial deformities using many of the same types of appliances used in teeth straightening therapy.
Pediatric Dentistry (1995): Pediatric dentists provide dental care for infants, children and teenagers.
Periodontics (1992): The ADA defines this as the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the tissues around the teeth – the gums, that is.
Prosthodontics (2003): Prosthodontists provide restorative dental procedures including dental implants, crowns, bridges, and dentures. They also perform cosmetic dental treatments.
Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology (1991): This specialty concerns diseases affecting the oral and maxillofacial regions.
Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology (2001): Oral and maxillofacial radiologists analyze radiographic images (x-rays) for issues of the maxillofacial area.
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (1990): Oral surgeons perform surgery on the teeth, jaw, face, and gums. These include facial reconstruction, cleft lip and palate correction, bone grafting, dental implants, and impacted teeth.
Dental Public Health (1976): This discipline focuses on the prevention and treatment of dental diseases, and promoting dental health through community effort.
At Robert Matlach Dental in Huntington NY we offer general and restorative dentistry. We’ve also provided referrals to patients from North Bay, East Smithtown, and South Melville to specialists throughout the area. Call to schedule an appointment with us today!
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