Until you've needed the help of a dental specialist, it's probably never occurred to you to ask what each type of specialist focuses on. Every specialist gets additional training on one particular area of dental health. As a result, they become an expert on the specific practices of that field. Today we're going to examine the differences between an Orthodontist and a dentist. At the end of this article, you'll understand what specific dental needs require the attention of an orthodontist. You'll also know which ones need a visit to your general dentist.
The similarities between Orthodontists and General Dentists start with their focus on oral health, care, and maintenance. Orthodontists receive the same training as general dentists, and can therefore provide the same type and level of care that a general dentist does. Most orthodontists do not offer services as a general dental practitioner, instead accepting referrals of patients that need advanced orthodontic care.
The differences between general dentists and orthodontists start with the additional schooling required to become an orthodontic specialist. After completing their degree in general dentistry, these specialists go on to learn more about dental issues that result in misalignment of the jaw or teeth and how to address them through the use of orthodontic practices and devices. Patients with conditions such as an overbite or misaligned teeth will usually be sent to an orthodontist for corrective options.
What Concerns Are Addressed By General Dentists?
Your general dentist will be the one you see for your twice-yearly check-up. During these visits, you'll receive a professional cleaning, undergo general maintenance, receive treatment for decay and minor dental issues, and be checked for developing oral health concerns. In addition to these services, general dentists also manage:
• Root Canals
• Tooth Decay
• Teeth Whitening
• Gum Disease
Orthodontists, on the other hand, are specialists at helping create the perfect bite and addressing joint issues caused by temporomandibular disorders. Their specialty is correcting concerns that develop naturally during the developmental period of a patient's life, or that result from trauma. The types of issues they address include:
• Misaligned Teeth
• Crowded Teeth
While general dentists can receive additional training to manage concerns like these, it isn't the same as seeing a specialist who makes it the focus of their practice. When you discover you're in need of orthodontic care, you're best served trusting your teeth to an orthodontist.
If you're ready to receive orthodontic care at the hands of a specialist, it's time to reach out to Adeola Faleye at The Orthodontic Center, P.C, for an appointment. Our friendly office team will schedule a visit to our offices in Bartlett or East Memphis, TN, to receive an exam and consultation. During your appointment, you'll be evaluated for orthodontic care and receive Dr. Faleye's advice on the treatments that can best help create a perfect smile.
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The Orthodontic Clinic, P.C.
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Bartlett, TN 38134
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