Dental Specialties

What is an oral and maxillo-facial surgeon (OMS)?

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons specialise in surgery of the mouth, face and jaws. After five years of dental school, another 3-5 years of medical training is undertaken. Yet another 5 years of hospital-based surgical and medical training, prepares them to do a wide range of procedures including all types of surgery of both the bones and soft tissues of the face, mouth and neck.

What is a Periodontist?

Periodontists are dentists who specialise in the diagnosis and treatment of periodontal (gum) disease. They have had extensive training with upto 5 additional years of study after dental school. As specialists they devote their time, energy and skill to helping patients care for their gums. A periodontist is one of the thirteen dental specialists recognized by the General Dental Council.

Why is your dentist referring you to a Periodontist?

Your dentist has determined that your gums require special attention. The periodontist and dentist work together as a team to provide you with the highest level of care. They will combine their experience to recommend the best treatment available to you while keeping each other informed on your progress. By referring you to the specialist, your dentist is showing a strong commitment to your dental health.

What is an Endodontist?

The Endodontist examines, diagnoses and treats diseases and destructive processes, including injuries and abnormalities of dental pulps and periapical tissues of the teeth.

Endodontists examine patients and interpret radiographs and pulp tests to determine pulp vitality and periapical tissue condition. They evaluate their findings and prescribe a method of treatment to prevent loss of teeth.

What is a Prosthodontist?

The prosthodontist examines and diagnoses disabilities caused by loss of teeth and supporting structures. They formulate and execute treatment plans for the construction of corrective prostheses to restore proper function and esthetics of the mouth, face, and jaw.

What is an Orthodontist?

An orthodontist prevents and treats mouth, teeth, and jaw problems. Using braces, retainers, and other devices, an orthodontist helps straighten a person’s teeth and correct the way the jaws line up.

Orthodontists treat children and adults alike for many problems, including having crowded or overlapping teeth or having problems with jaw growth and tooth development. These tooth and jaw problems may be caused by tooth decay, losing baby teeth too soon, accidents, or habits like thumb sucking. These problems can also be genetic or inherited.

So why would you go to the orthodontist?

Your dentist or one of your parents might recommend it because they see a problem with your teeth or jaws. Or a child who doesn’t like the way his or her teeth look might ask to see an orthodontist.

Why does your dentist refer you?

Your dentist will refer you to another dental collegue if he or she feels it is in your best interest to receive advice or treatment which is outside their dental knowledge and skills. e.g. for dental implants where additional training is required. We as a practice abide by the following core standards set by the General Dental Council;

  • Put patients’ interests first and act to protect them,
  • Respect patients’ dignity and choices,
  • Protect the confidentiality of patients’ information,
  • Co-operate with other members of the dental team and other healthcare colleagues in the interests of patients,
  • Maintain your professional knowledge and competence
  • Be trustworthy.