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When you have a toothache, you go to a dentist. But, what type of dental specialist is your dentist? In order to know which type of dentist you should visit, you should know something about the different dental specialists.
General dentists provide care, maintenance and general dental prevention. You visit this type of a dentist when you want to clean your teeth or get cavity filling and fluoride treatments. In addition, they offer oral hygiene advice to all patients.
Oral pathologists are responsible for diagnosing the disorders and diseases affecting the face (teeth, cheeks, jawbones and lips) and mouth. In order to diagnose an issue, they rely on biochemical, radiographic and microscopic tests. They also use technologies like MRIs, CT scans and X-rays. Your general dentist can refer you to this type of dental specialist
This type of dentists specialises in the care of the tissue of the mouth and teeth (supporting tissue). This includes supporting bone and gums. You should visit this type of a dentist if you have a problem with your gums. They are specialists in diagnosing, and care and prevention of gum diseases and conditions that may affect jawbones, gums and other supporting tissues in the mouth. If you have diseases that can promote gum disease, like diabetes, you should visit this type of dentist.
Orthodontists are specialists you should visit if you have issues with teeth deformities. In a case where you have bite problems, missing teeth or you want to straighten crooked teeth, you should visit this type of dentist.
Endodontists do not treat your teeth. They specialise in root canal therapy. This also includes treating diseases that can affect pulp, nerve and veins around a tooth. In this case, you visit a general dentist, and if you need a root canal treatment, you will be referred to an endodontist.
Pedodontists are general dentists for children. If your child has a tooth issue, you should visit this type of dentist. There are differences in teeth, nerves and veins between children and adults, so it is recommended to take your child to pedodontists if needed.
The maxillofacial surgeon is a doctor you should visit when you need teeth extraction or reconstruction. They treat injuries, conditions and defects affecting the face, jaw and mouth.
The most important advice is to go to a general dentist when you experience any pain that may be linked to teeth, jaw or gum. He/she will refer you to a specialist if needed.