Most people probably know how a pediatric dentist differs from an orthodontist. Some even know the unique focus of endodontists. But not many know that the American Dental Association recognizes nine dental specialties. this post from Ray McKinley DDS & Brittany McKinley-Holloway DDS — McKinley General, Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry in Shelby Township looks at the specific disciplines within the fascinating world of dentistry.
Endodontics: This area focuses on “the morphology, physiology and pathology of the human dental pulp and periradicular tissues.”1 If you need a root canal, you may require the services of an endodontist.
Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics: If you want to straighten your teeth, you need an orthodontist. Dentofacial orthopedic specialists correct facial deformities using many of the same types of appliances used in teeth straightening therapy.
Pediatric Dentistry: Pediatric dentists provide dental care for infants, children and teenagers.
Periodontics: Periodontics specializes in gum health. Periodontal specialists perform crown lengthening, pocket reduction, and soft tissue (gum) grafts.
Prosthodontics: Prosthodontists provide restorative dental procedures including dental implants, crowns, bridges, and dentures.
Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology: This specialty focuses on diseases affecting the oral and maxillofacial regions.
Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology: Oral and maxillofacial radiologists analyze x-rays for issues of the maxillofacial area.
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery: Oral surgeons perform surgery on the teeth, jaw, face, and gums. These include facial reconstruction, cleft lip and palate correction, bone grafting, dental implants, and impacted teeth.
Dental Public Health: This discipline focuses on preventing and controlling dental health diseases.
At Ray McKinley DDS & Brittany McKinley-Holloway DDS — McKinley General, Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry in Shelby Township we offer general and cosmetic dentistry. Patients from Washington Township, Macomb, and Lakeside trust us with their smiles. Schedule an appointment today!