Knowing which type of dentist to call can be stressful. Both periodontists and endodontists are oral health specialists, and have been trained as dentists. Each specialist has additional training, and understanding those details can help you decide which is best for you.
A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of periodontal disease. This type of dentist specializes in dental implants and other cosmetic procedures. Periodontists receive three additional years of education in the area of periodontal disease and treatment.
Patients that have issues with their gums or tissues in the mouth may need to visit a periodontist. Periodontists look for gum recession, pockets around the teeth, infection, and any issues around the gums. There are special treatment procedures periodontists offer to help patients that have damaged gum tissue. They can remove the damaged tissue to help preserve both your teeth and gums.
An endodontists is another type of dentist that specializes in any issues inside the tooth. This includes the pulp, blood vessels, and tissue. A common treatment done by an endodontist is a root canal. They can remove any infected pulp, and seal the area to help save your tooth. If you have a cracked, broken, or injured tooth, an endodontist is the specialist to visit.
It is important to also know when to see a general dentist and the differences between a general dentist and a specialist. General dentists focus on your teeth and oral health. This includes prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of various issues. Your general dentist takes care of your cleanings and exams, and can treat cavities. In addition, general dentists can provide veneers, crowns, and other various cosmetic treatments. If patients need specialized treatment the general dentist will typically refer that patient to the proper specialist.
What are My Next Steps in Finding a Specialist?
Talking to your general dentist is important. If you notice you have an issue with your gums, or have had a root canal and are in pain, it may be time to see a specialist. Your general dentist can typically give you a referral to a great specialist in your area that can treat the issue.
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