Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon
This type of orthopedic surgeon is someone who focuses on the facial region and they are trained to perform the following procedures:
- Impacted teeth removal
- TMJ surgery, including repair of the jaw joint
- Orthognathic surgery (jaw alignment)
- Facial bones realignment
- Dental implant surgery
- Teeth extraction
- Repair of facial trauma
- Facial and jaw reconstruction
- Removal of cysts (facial, oral and jaw)
Periodontists are dentists that specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of gum disease. The field of periodontics also trains specialists in the placement of dental implants. If a patient has severe gum disease, a periodontist may be referred by a general dentist to treat the condition or to prevent it from affecting other areas in the mouth. Your dentist and periodontist will work together to create the most effective treatment plan for you.
These specialists focus on teeth restoration and replacement. They are fully trained in dental implantology and are focused on preserving their patient’s healthy mouth.
Endodontists are the ones who perform root canal therapy. They specialize in problems involving the inside of the tooth.
Pediatric dentists are adept in the treatment of various dental problems in children. They are required to undergo a minimum of 2 years of additional training after they graduate from dental school.
Patients who want to straighten their teeth should see an orthodontist. This type of specialist uses braces and other straightening devices to correct teeth and jaw mis-alignment problems.