Beyond the general practice of dentistry are dental specialists. Here are some common dental specialists and what they do:
• An endodontist is essentially a dental specialist for root canal They treat diseases and injuries of the dental pulp or the tooth nerves. After dental school, they have 2 or more years of endodontics training. On average, endodontists perform nearly 25 root canal treatments a week, while general dentists perform less than 2.
• Do you need oral surgery? Then you’ll be seeing an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. They treat patients for wisdom teeth removals, oral cancer, and facial injuries. Oral surgeons are trained in a hospital-based residency program for a minimum of 4 years.
• If you have a bad bite, you’ll be referred to an orthodontist. This specialist straightens teeth with the use of bands, wires, braces and other corrective appliances.
• If you were referred to a periodontist, gum surgery may be in your future. They specialize in treating your gums and the supporting bones–your teeth.
Are you anxious your dentist will give you a referral slip at your next appointment? Don’t worry—your dental benefits work with specialists too. Because it often means more extensive treatment, we’re happy to work with your dental specialist on a pre-treatment estimate on coverage and costs.