All-inclusive dentistry can help you get as much dental work done in one place as possible and is convenient when you need basic services such as examinations and fillings, teeth whitening, and even some cosmetic dentistry. However, if you need a more complex procedure like oral surgery, root canal treatment, periodontal pocket reduction, it’s important to be treated by a professional who is well-trained and experienced.
Why take unnecessary risks with your oral health and overall well-being by being treated by a one-stop shop dentist?
Most dentists work with other professionals who know each other’s strengths and have formed a trusting relationship. These professionals refer complex cases out to the appropriate specialists because they care about their patients.
Dental Procedures for Specialists
For the following dental services, a referral to a specialist may be recommended:
Implants – Oral Surgeon
Root Canals - Endodontist
Gingival Grafting – Periodontist
Special Care Dentistry – Specialists trained in serving the special needs community
The strength of your smile relies on the health of your teeth and gums. Specialists that deal with these different aspects perform these advanced procedures every day, making them a valuable partner for your general dentist. Be sure to discuss treatment with your dental professional to find out what treatments they are qualified to provide.
A Closer Look at Specialties
After four years of dental school, oral and maxillofacial surgeons spend another four years in a hospital residency program. They are uniquely qualified to surgically address concerns related to the hard and soft tissues of the face, mouth, and jaw.
Besides the common need for tooth extractions and implant placement, oral surgeons are consulted when corrective jaw (orthognathic) surgery is needed. They can also fix a bite or other jaw alignment issues that cannot be entirely corrected with an orthodontic treatment such as braces. This occurs most often with facial trauma, congenital conditions like cleft palate and other maxillofacial abnormalities.
All endodontists are dentists but have completed additional years of training beyond dental school. This training focuses on performing root canal treatment and other procedures that address the inside of teeth. Endodontists pride themselves on saving severely decayed teeth that would otherwise be lost.
Periodontists treat severe gum disease (periodontitis) through complex procedures that include debridement. Along with oral surgeons, these specialists are best equipped to place dental implants.
When it comes to the special needs community, it is imperative to both caregivers and their loved ones that these patients be handled gently and with sensitivity. Pediatric dentists have training and experience with sedation and understand the unique experience their patients have when undergoing dental work.
If you are looking for a general dentist in the Cerritos area who has built a network of trusted specialists, call Dr. Philip Kress – he has your best interest at heart.