General dentists are the ones we usually meet since they are the main dental care providers who can deal with patients in all age brackets. They can conduct diagnosis, as well as prescribe medications, treat common dental problems, and manage and coordinate with other service providers and specialists to ensure that all requirements for proper oral health of the patients are fully satisfied.
To become a specialist like Drs. Penchas and Baez, an additional two years or more is required from a dental school graduate. Here’s a list of dental specialists recognized by the ADA or American Dental Association.
Prosthodontists – Ever needed dental implants in Houston? If that is so, you should consult with a skilled prothodontist.
Dr. Penchas is a prosthodontist. A prosthodontist can efficiently replace your missing teeth with dental implants, fixed bridges, and partial dentures. These are complicated restorative works and should only be entrusted to a specialist.
Endodontists – When the problem concerns the tooth’s pulp and tissues around the root of the tooth, an endodontist should be consulted.
Pedodontists – Pedodontists or pediatric dentists focus on the dental needs of children, from infancy to adolescence. They have advanced training in handling patients that are dubbed to be most “uncooperative”.
Periodontists – Periodontists can be tagged as gum doctors because they specialize in periodontal or gum diseases. Additionally, they can surgically place dental implants.
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons – When surgical procedures are needed, patients have to rely on surgeons and this is the same when dental health is concerned. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons diagnose and treat problems in the hard and soft tissues of the head, face, neck, and jaws. They can also perform dental implants, tissue and bone grafts, and extractions.
Orthodontists – Orthodontists specialize in using various dental appliances, such as braces, to restore the teeth and jaws’ normal appearance and functions. Bite problems and jaw malfunctions are treated by repositioning facial bones and teeth.