This is a dentist who treats problems that deal with the nerve of the tooth.
This specialist may perform simple to difficult root canal treatments,
or possibly a surgical root procedure, called an apicoectomy (surgically
removing the tip of the root) or a root amputation (removing a root on a
This is a specialist who performs many aspects of surgery in and about the head
Complex extractions involving removal
of soft tissue or overlying bone or remaining roots.
Impacted teeth (especially wisdom
teeth) involving removal of soft tissue and/or overlying bone.
Soft tissue biopsies.
Removal of tumors in the oral cavity.
- Implant placement.
Complex jaw realignment surgeries (orthognathic
surgery) involving facial or bite discrepancies.
Jaw or facial fracture stabilization
(repair of fractured cheek or jaw bones).
Repair of soft tissue problems (cleft
palate or lip).
This is a specialist whose goal is to straighten patient's teeth through movement
of the teeth through bone by the use of bands, wires, elastics,
headgears and other fixed or removable appliances or retainers to
achieve a balance between facial muscles and teeth. This specialist
treats children as well as adults who may desire to improve their
appearance and bite.
This is a specialist whose focus is on the younger patient from children as
young as one or two to early adulthood. This dentist can detect, treat,
or refer, as needed, problems with decayed, missing, crowded, or crooked
This is a specialist who deals with soft
tissue of the mouth and the supporting structures (bone) of the teeth.
This dentist diagnoses and treats gingivitis (inflammation of the
gingival tissue) as well as periodontitis (gingival tissue and bone
disease). The following procedures may be performed by this specialist:
Simple and deep pocket cleanings.
Crown lengthening procedures.
Soft tissue and/or bone grafting.
Gingival or flap procedures.
Soft tissue recontouring or removal (gingivoplasty
Hard tissue recontouring (osteoplasty).
This is a specialist who deals with simple to complicated full-mouth
restorations or full-mouth rehabilitation; and may perform the following
Full mouth reconstruction/occlusal
Treatment of temporomandibular/orofacial
pain disorders-the patient may have pain associated with headache,
neck, shoulder, head, jaw, or other closely related area and/or
limited movements in any of these areas.
Some prosthodontists have further training in
maxillofacial prosthodontics and treat patients who need prosthetic
appliances, devices, or reconstruction or replacement of facial