There are so many different types of dentists! Big dentists, small dentists, short dentists, tall dentists. There are old dentists, and young dentists, and…
Oh! You’re wondering about the different dental specialities? Right… Well, in Canada, there are only nine different types of dental specialists, alongside good old regular dentists. That’s going to save us a lot of time. Let’s dive in:
Oral Radiologists specialize in – you guessed it – x-rays of your mouth (well, to be technical, most imaging is done by cone beam CT scanners, but that’s a conversation for another time). They can use the images created by these scans to diagnose a wide variety of oral health conditions.
Practitioners of Oral Medicine and Pathology are those who diagnose and treat oral health issues outside of the standard health problems dentists encounter every day. This speciality is clinical (non-surgical), and you might think of it as the meeting place between dentistry and medicine as a whole.
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, on the other hand, are those who treat oral health issues surgically. There are a wide variety of oral health problems that may require surgery, and these are the professionals who can do that surgery for you.
Endodontists know better than anyone what’s inside a tooth – they’re tooth pulp and dental tissue specialists. When there are really complex root canals to be done, or there are other less typical diseases affecting dental pulp, an endodontist is the person to call.
Orthodontists deal with malocclusion – a fancy word for misaligned teeth. In other words, they’re bite specialists. Abnormal tooth and jaw alignment is common and eminently treatable in most cases. Want an orthodontic device like braces or a retainer? An orthodontist is the specialist to see.
Periodontists specialize in treating the gums and the other supportive tissues around the teeth – or, you might say, in the periphery of the teeth (and that’s where they get their name). That makes them experts at treating gum disease, and if your gingivitis progresses to severe periodontitis, these are the people you’ll need to see.
Prosthodontists specialize in replacing missing or defective teeth. You can think of them as the people who create dental prosthetics – that’s why they’re called prosthodontists! They craft crowns, bridges, implants, and a whole lot of other devices to restore the look and functionality of missing teeth.
Pediatric Dentists specialize in dental care for children. You know what a pediatrician is – this is the same thing, but for dental care! Simple enough.
Public Health Dentists are perhaps the biggest outlier in these professions – they work with governments and communities to establish policies and programs that will improve the public’s oral health.
Phew, that’s a lot of specialities! Here’s something you should know about all of them: they’re all dentists! In other words, they’ve all completed dental school and then gone to school again in order to hone their speciality. Dental specialists are an incredible asset to the public health. Looking for a Winnipeg dental clinic? Get in touch with us!