Dental Specialties

Understanding Dental Specialists

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon (OMS)

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are dental specialists who focus on surgical procedures involving the mouth, face, and jaws. Following four years of dental school, these surgeons undergo four to seven additional years of hospital-based surgical and medical training. Their expertise encompasses a wide range of procedures, including surgeries of both the bones and soft tissues of the face, mouth, and neck.


Periodontists are dentists specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of periodontal (gum) disease. With two additional years of specialized training after dental school, they dedicate their skills to caring for patients' gum health. As one of the eight dental specialists recognized by the American Dental Association, periodontists focus on preserving and treating the gums to ensure optimal oral health.


Endodontists specialize in diagnosing and treating diseases and abnormalities of dental pulps and periapical tissues of the teeth. They examine patients, interpret radiographs, and prescribe treatment methods to prevent tooth loss. Endodontists play a crucial role in saving teeth and preserving dental health.


Prosthodontists address disabilities caused by tooth loss and supporting structure issues. With a focus on restoring proper function and aesthetics of the mouth, face, and jaw, these specialists formulate and execute treatment plans for corrective prostheses. Their expertise lies in reconstructing dental structures to improve overall oral health and appearance.

Pediatric Dentist

Pediatric dentists undergo at least two additional years of training beyond dental school, focusing on the unique needs of children's oral health. They specialize in managing and treating children's developing teeth, behavior, growth, and special dental needs. Pediatric dentists, along with their staff and office environment, are dedicated to providing comfortable and tailored care for children.


Orthodontists specialize in preventing and treating mouth, teeth, and jaw problems. Using braces, retainers, and other devices, they correct misalignments and improve the alignment of teeth and jaws. Orthodontists address issues such as crowded or overlapping teeth, jaw growth problems, and tooth development abnormalities to enhance dental function and appearance.

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