In the past 20 years, new materials and technologies have brought incredible innovations to the field of Dentistry including digital radiography, same-day dental restorations, and prosthetics. Access to state-of-the art procedures has also broken traditional barriers between General Dentists and their counterparts in Prosthodontics, Orthodontics, and Oral Surgery. The demand for high-quality dental care has never been higher as over 200,000 dentists treat U.S. patients every day.
Regardless of their area specialization, all dentists begin their careers by undertaking four years of training at a dental school recognized by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). Graduates earn either a Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry (DMD) or a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree, though the titles confer identical privileges. By undertaking an additional one to three years of residency, Dentists may specialize in a variety of fields including Orthodontics, Prosthodontics, Periodontics, Endodontics, Pediatric Dentistry, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Oral & Maxillofacial Radiology, or Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology.
General Dentists focus on preventative dentistry and the health of teeth and gums, but they often consult with specialists for complex problems. Endodontists treat dental pain and problems relating to the interior of each tooth. Periodontists address the gums (gingiva) and supporting structures around the teeth. Prosthodontists specialize in the restoration and replacement of teeth for both functional and aesthetic (cosmetic) purposes. Orthodontists specialize in correcting dental alignment and malocclusion of the teeth. Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons (OMFS) operate on the face, mouth, and jaw, and perform complex procedures that intersect with the fields of Otolaryngology and Plastic Surgery. Certification in OMFS requires extensive training beyond dental school, and some OMFS specialists have M.D. (Medical Doctor) degrees as well.
No matter what dental specialty your case or consulting engagement requires, Elite Medical Experts hand selects Board-Certified, impeccably credentialed specialists from the nation’s leading dental universities.
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