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More than General: The Specialties of Dentistry

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Dental Specialist in Salt Lake CityYou may already be familiar with the usual procedures and practices in dentistry like regular check-ups, cleaning, and other services. Many of these common practices are labeled under general dentistry. Besides general dentistry, however, dentistry has nine other specializations which include procedures far more advanced than the ones you usually know about. Dentists have to go through four extra years of education to specialize in one of the nine fields.

The Special Nine

These specializations, of course, treat the bad, the worse, and the worst cases. You yourself may encounter one of these specializations. Should you actually be treated under any of the specializations, prior knowledge about them may be useful for you. Here are brief glimpses into all nine.

1. Dental Public Health – Instead of having the individual as the patient, the specialist treats the community as a whole. He or she is responsible for dental research as well as the spreading of good dental health among communities.

2. Endodontics – This field treats issues in the dental pulp and periradicular tissues. You may already know about root canal therapy; it is an endodontic procedure.

3. Orthodontics – This involves braces and other instruments to straighten teeth and correct crookedness.

4. Pediatric Dentistry – As may already be obvious enough, specialists of this field treat specifically children, infants, adolescents, and even children with special needs.

5. Periodontics – This field is concerned with treating and preventing disease in the tissue which supports your teeth like the gums.

6. Prosthodontics – Prostheses and restorations are the specialties of this field. Crowns, veneers, dental implants, and bridges fall under here.

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7 – 9. Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology/Radiology/Surgery – Each of these three specializations treats diseases and issues of the mouth, jaw, and face. Pathology is concerned with the study and diagnosis of these diseases. Radiology is concerned with the radiologic imaging of these diseases. Surgery is, obviously, concerned with the surgical treatment of the diseases.

More accurate explanations can be given by your dentist or by specialists themselves. You can find an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and other specialists in Salt Lake City.

Take care of your oral health. Know where to go to for your dental problems.