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The Dental Specialties

The following list describes dental specialists to which you may be referred to by your general dentist.
 
Endodontist: treats injuries, diseases and infections of the tooth pulp. Endodontists perform a variety of procedures including root canal therapy, endodontic surgery, and treat cracked teeth and dental trauma.
 
Oral and Maxillofacial Radiologist: specializes in the production and interpretation of images and data produced by all modalities of radiant energy that are used for the diagnosis and management of diseases, disorders and conditions of the oral and maxillofacial region.
 
Oral and Maxillofacial Pathologist: deals with the nature, identification, and management of diseases affecting the oral and maxillofacial regions. The practice of oral pathology includes research and diagnosis of diseases using clinical, radiographic, microscopic, biochemical or other examinations.
 
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon: specializes in the diagnosis & surgical treatment of diseases, injuries, and deformities of the mouth and supporting structures. This specialist cares for patients with: problem wisdom teeth; facial pain; misaligned jaws; and accident victims suffering facial injuries. Oral and Maxillofacial surgeons place dental implants; care for patients with oral cancer, tumors, and cysts of the jaw; and perform facial cosmetic surgery.
 
Orthodontist: diagnoses and treats malocclusion (poor bite), dental and facial irregularities, and misalignment of teeth.
 
Periodontist: focuses on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease and the placement of dental implants. Periodontists are experts in the treatment of oral gum inflammation.
 
Pediatric Dentistry (or Pedodontist): provides both primary and comprehensive preventive and therapeutic oral health care for infants and children through adolescence, including those with special health care needs.
 
Prosthodontist: restores or replaces missing or deficient teeth with fixed or removable appliances maintaining proper occlusion.
Public Health Dentist: practices dentistry which serves the community as a patient rather than only the individual. They are concerned with educating the public, applied dental research, and with the administration of group dental care programs as well as the prevention and control of dental diseases on a community basis.
 
Is there a difference between a DDS or DMD degree?
 
There is no difference. DDS: Doctor of Dental Surgery and DMD: Doctor of Medical Dentistry are equivalent degrees.