In dentistry, it’s common for general and family dental offices to provide a wide range of services. Some examples include braces, root canals, dental implants, gum disease treatments, and even dentistry for children. But what if you have a special condition that requires a bit more experience to treat?
If you do, your family dentist most likely won’t refer you to a specialist unless your condition is a bit too severe to manage. A specialist focuses on that particular area of treatment and can complete those procedures using efficient, highly trained methods.
Unlike general dentists, who only have one general dental degree (such as DDS or DMD), specialists have a general dental degree, as well as a degree in their specialty, which they earn after 2 to 3 years of formal training in their specific field. The American Dental Association recognizes the following areas of specialty:
Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics
Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology
Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery