One may find it difficult to grasp that the field of dentistry has many specialties. The Dental Board of Australia recognises 13 areas of specialty to be precise! We have listed a few below to help clear up any confusion as to why you might be seeing a certain dental specialist and how several specialists may work in with each other for the best possible outcome for you, the patient.
Branch of dentistry concerned with the morphology, physiology and pathology of dental pulp and periradicular tissues. Endodontists have undergone specialised training in performing root canal therapy.
Branch of dentistry concerned with the supervision, guidance and correction of the growing and mature dentofacial structures. Orthodontists have undergone specialised training in facial abnormalities and disorders of the jaw.
Branch of dentistry concerned with the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases or abnormalities of the supporting tissues of the teeth. Periodontists have received specialised training in the care and prevention of gum-related diseases, guided bone regeneration and dental implants.
Branch of dentistry concerned with the restoration and maintenance of oral health, function and appearance by coronal alteration or reconstruction of the natural teeth. Prosthodontists have undergone specialised training in restoration and replacement of broken teeth with crowns, bridges or removable prosthetics such as dentures.