The mouth is a small spot, but there’s a wide array of dentists who specialize in each part of it. Going to a specialist (or working with a few) helps you get the best results, since each one is highly trained in something specific.
The goal of an orthodontist is to improve patients’ smiles by straightening and moving teeth through the use of braces and other appliances. There are both adolescent and adult orthodontic specialists, so look for one appropriate for treating your age and conditions.
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons focus on treatments and surgery of the teeth, mouth and jaw. They extract teeth, treat injuries of the jaw, correct jaw alignment and place dental implants.
Periodontists focus on the gums and surrounding tissues of the teeth, dealing with gum disease and bone loss, placing implants and performing gum recontouring and grafting.
Prosthodontists focus on the diagnosis, treatment and restoration of the function, comfort and appearance of missing or deficient teeth. These experts are also known as crown and bridge specialists.
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