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Terminology Help

What do the different dental specialties mean?

  • General Dentists provide a full range of services for the entire family.
  • Endodontists specialize in diseases of the tooth pulp, performing such services as root canals.
  • Oral Surgeons remove impacted teeth, and repair fractures of the jaw and other damage to the bone structure around the mouth.
  • Orthodontists correct misaligned teeth and jaws, usually by applying braces.
  • Pediatric Dentists generally limit their practices to children and teenagers.
  • Periodontists treat diseases of the gums.
  • Prosthodontists generally specialize in replacing missing natural teeth with bridges and dentures.
  • Oral Pathologists review tissue samples to diagnose diseases of the mouth.