You go to the dentist for a cleaning. Your dentist finds issues with your teeth or gums and recommends a dental specialist.
In each town and city, there is a well networked community of dentists and dental specialists that are familiar with each other and their respective capabilities and reputations. If you are in need of specialty care allow your trusted dental provider to recommend a specialist.
The American Dental Association (ADA) Recognizes 9 Dental Specialists:
Dental Public Health:
The science and art of preventing and controlling dental diseases and promoting dental health through organized community efforts.
The branch of dentistry which is concerned with the morphology, physiology and pathology of the human dental pulp and periradicular tissues.
Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology:
The specialty of dentistry and discipline of pathology that deals with the nature, identification, and management of diseases affecting the oral and maxillofacial regions.
Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology:
The specialty of dentistry and discipline of radiology concerned with the production and interpretation of images and data produced by all modalities of radiant energy that are used for the diagnosis and management of diseases, disorders and conditions of the oral and maxillofacial region.
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery:
The specialty of dentistry which includes the diagnosis, surgical and adjunctive treatment of diseases, injuries and defects involving both the functional and esthetic aspects of the hard and soft tissues of the oral and maxillofacial region.
Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics:
The dental specialty that includes the diagnosis, prevention, interception, and correction of malocclusion, as well as neuromuscular and skeletal abnormalities of the developing or mature orofacial structures.
An age-defined specialty that provides both primary and comprehensive preventive and therapeutic oral health care for infants and children through adolescence, including those with special health care needs.
The dental specialty which encompasses the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the supporting and surrounding tissues of the teeth or their substitutes and the maintenance of the health, function and esthetics of these structures and tissues.
The dental specialty pertaining to the diagnosis, treatment planning, rehabilitation and maintenance of the oral function, comfort, appearance and health of patients with clinical conditions associated with missing or deficient teeth and/or oral and maxillofacial tissues using biocompatible substitutes.