In some cases, taking care of your pearly whites will require more than just the standard exam or the occasional cleaning or filling. Several factors like heredity, overall health, accident, or other reasons may entail that you visit a dental specialist in trusted clinics like 1728’s Ang Mo Kio Dental Clinic.
Dental specialists are dentists who have undergone additional specialised training. In other words, dental specialists are similar to medical doctors who have undergone additional training to become surgeons, radiologists, etc.
Here are some dental specialists you’ll likely find in established dental clinics like 1728’s Ang Mo Kio Dental Clinic:
Endodontist (Root Canal Specialist)
Inside the tooth are very tiny, cavern-like passages known as canals. It contains a sensitive living tissue known as pulp, as well as nerves, and blood vessels. Endodontists specialise in the diagnosis and treatment of issues within the tooth.
For instance, if the pulp of the tooth becomes infected, a root cannot treatment might be required. When necessary, your dentist will recommend a visit to an endodontist for treatment.
Orthodontist (Alignment Specialists)
In essence, orthodontics deals with the correction of teeth and jaws that are out of position. A visit to an orthodontist is recommended for those patients whose jaws are not aligned. A jaw that is not aligned properly can lead to an underbite, overbite, or crossbite.
Those who have crooked or misaligned teeth will also need to pay their orthodontist a visit. Typically, orthodontists will use clear aligners, braces, palatal expanders, and in some cases, headgear as part of the treatment plan.
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon (Oral Surgery Specialists)
An oral and maxillofacial surgeon focuses on the treatment of problems related to the hard and soft tissues of the jaw, mouth, and face. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons also specialise in treatments that will require deep levels of sedation (beyond laughing gas or nitrous oxide) and entail complex procedures.
Apart from anaesthesiologists, oral surgeons are the only health care professionals that can administer all levels of sedation. Prevalent procedures done by oral surgeons include corrective jaw surgery, tooth extractions, and cleft palate or cleft lip surgery, among many others.
Periodontist (Gum Specialists)
Periodontists focus on the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases that affect the gums as well as other structures supporting the teeth. Periodontists are also known as gum disease experts.
Aside from diagnosing and treating early stages of gum disease, periodontists also perform minor surgeries to treat severe gum problems. If you are diagnosed with a gum disease by your dentist, it is likely that you’ll be referred to a periodontist.
Prosthodontist (Replacement Specialists)
Prosthodontists focus primarily on the restoration and replacement of lost or damaged teeth. They have an expert understanding of what needs to be done that achieve that functional, natural-looking, and beautiful smile.
Prosthodontists specialise in dental implants, fixed bridges, dentures, porcelain veneers, crowns, and reconstructive dentistry. In case you’ll need dental treatment to replace or repair teeth, your dentist may refer you to a prosthodontist.