DENTAL OVERVIEW - DENTAL CATEGORIES!
WHAT IS GENERAL AND FAMILY DENTISTRY?
As the terms imply, General or Family Dentist should be your first stop dentist for any problem that you feel you have.
Your initial examination is preceded by filling out your Health and Dental Information Form. Letting the dentist know about all your health, general and dental, allergies and past illnesses is very important. You should take your time and think about every question, answering it to your best of the knowledge! When in doubt, consult your dentists before giving our any answer you might not be sure about. Doing it on the clippboard in the waiting room, just before being called in? When you might suffer with an anxiety from your first dental visit, it is a recipe for providing incomplete and perhaps even inadvertly, even misleading answers. Take your time to do it from the comfort of your home or office. In a place, where you have an access to any back up documentation about your health and dental histories.
Your first visit will start with x-rays and comprehensive oral examination. Since General Dentist can examine and treat all members of your family, they are called Family Dentists.
Family of General Dentists can provide one stop service with all dental procedures with no complication. Dental filling, treatment of dental cavities including root canals, extractions. Simple crown caps with bridges restoration. Evaluation for more demanding treatments and refering you to the specialists.
WHAT IS COSMETIC DENTISTRY?
If you're concerned with appearance of your smile or teeth, it is time to look for Cosmetic Dentistry practitioner. Many general dentists also provide cosmetic dentistry dental procedures, but it is specialized traing and experience that makes the difference. You might want to examine cosmetic dentistry portfolios on clinic Web site, but beware!
Many times photogalleries featured on dental Web sites are stock photography supplied by Web masters from commercial sources. So what's the catch and how can you tell?
You should be able to tell the difference by looking for well documented case galleries and perhaps watermarked pictures by their original owner. Pictures just floated in the web site with no personal descriptions are just a sign of being provided by webmaster from stock-photography, or taken from other web sites.
Implant Dentistry for missing teeth and to safegurad against the bone loss from missing teeth. Implants are permanent, no-removable teeth firmly implanted in the jawbone.It is a solution as close as possible to the natural teeth and has some advantages over dental bridges. You have no embarassing situations like you might encounter with removable teeth and you can chew hard foods. Currently dental implants can be done by several dental specialist and Dental implantology it is not a domain of its own, yet. Choose your practitioner on his well documented experience with dental implants.
ENDONTICS AND ROOT CANALS THERAPY DENTISTRY?
Endontists are specialist in root canals therapy. They require specialized training and treat patients refered to them by general or family dentists. The tell-tell sign that you might need Endontist or Root Canal Dentistry specialist is having swollen, inflamed area in which pus gathers, visible or unnoticed.
An Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon is a surgeon, specialist, treating the entire craniomaxillofacial complex: the anatomical area of the mouth, face, skull, jaw and all associated structures. You might consider Oral Surgen even for procedures provided by some General Dentist, like wisdom teeth removal.
With crooked and crowded teeth, your best bet is to seek help of Orthodontics specialist. He or She might provide some information for you regarding Invisalign.
The word for Orthodontics has Greek origin. Ortho is for straight and odon is for tooth. Orthodontics is a branch of Dentistry specialized with studying and treating of malocclusionsor improper bites. Visible bite problems can come from tooth irregularity or disproportionate jaw relationship, or both.
You can have couple of reason to seek orthodontic help. Cosmetic ti improve your smile and appearance and also very practical, functional reasons. Provide you with functionaly improved bite (occlusion), proper spacing between the teeth for better hygiene and better gums.
Your Orthodontists will most likely introduce you to Invisalign. Invisalign is a series of custom made for you, clear and removable transparent aligners that are used as an alternative to metal braces. Since the aligners are fabricated by the help of computer, an orthodontis or even dentists has a minimal input to the treatment planning process.The dental practitioner has to be certified by Insisalign and have basic training.
Pedodontics is concerned with proper dental treatment for children.
if you feel fatiqued from lack of sleep and/or suffer from excessive snoring, then dental specialist in Sleep Apnea might be your answer. A dental specialist might prescribe an oral, custom made appliance for you. OAT for Oral Appliance Therapy.
TMJ ( TEMPOROMANDIBULAR JOINT or JAW ) DISORDERS?
Musclepains in your face, worn down teeth, popping jaw noises, jaw pains, neck or back pains, clenching or jaw grinding might be all signs of TMJ disorders. You have to seek a specialist in the area. This disorder covers boundaries of several medical disciplines. TMJ dentists have a very specialized training
Signs to see a periodontist are; swollen and bleeding gums, loose teeth, showing roots of your teeth and bad breath. A Periodontist specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of disease and condition of periodontium. It can be surgical or non-surgical treatment.