When it comes to finding a great family dentist in Garden Grove CA, we like to think we’re the experts! Why? Because we consider ourselves a great family dental practice for families of every kind. But even if you aren’t from the Anaheim area, one of the most things to remember know when you’re considering a new family dentist is that particular dentist’s specialty.
Naturally, the first thing you want to look for when you’re looking for a good family dentist is a wealth of training and experience. However, graduating dental school isn’t the end.
The American Dental Association recognized 9 Dental Specialties that span the entirety of dentistry. These specialties are focused on a wide variety of different disciplines to ensure that every patient with virtually any problem can be treated. Again, it’s important to remember that not every dentist specializes in all 9 area (otherwise, why call it a specialty?) However, the best family dental practices will either have relationships with dental specialists or employ a team of dentists with a variety of specialties (this is how it works at Primary Dental Care of Garden Grove)
Additional Training and Specializations
Some areas of dentistry you might want your dentist to be trained in (beyond regular dental school) include:
- Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics: This was the first specialty to be introduced to the dentistry field. An orthodontist is a dentist who specializes in correcting teeth that are not positions properly. Most patients typically think of orthodontists as dentists who specialize in braces, and in most cases, they’re correct!
- Periodontics: the treatment of gums and the supporting structures of your teeth
- Oral and maxillofacial pathology: The study, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases and conditions that occur in the maxillofacial region. Maxillofacial, in general terms, means “around the face” — and can pertain to the head, face, neck, jaws, and — especially for dentists — the hard and soft tissues of your mouth.
- Oral and maxillofacial radiology: Maxillofacial radiologists work in tandem with other oral and maxillofacial specialists (or often specialize in all three maxillofacial disciplines) to study and interpret oral and maxillofacial conditions using radiology.
- Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery: Oral and maxillofacial dentists are primarily concerned with procedures that involve surgery of of the mouth and jaw. For example, if a patient requires removal of bone or an implant, the jaw often comes into play and requires the attention of a maxillofacial surgeon.
- Endodontics: the treatment of the inside of your teeth, and the diseases and conditions that can arise due to the dental pulp inside your teeth. Endodontic specialists take the lead when it comes to root canal therapy.
- Pediatric Dentistry: the treatment of adolescent teeth
- Prosthodontics: Prosthodontic specialists are responsible for restoring your smile to its former glory and preventing future teeth loss by installing and maintaining dental prostheses like crowns, bridges, dentures, implants, and more.
- Dental Public Health: the general study of cause and effect as it pertains to oral health, and the variety of conditions that can manifest in the mouth and because of your oral health.