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Q. I'm confused because I've seen so many names for dentists. How do you tell them apart?

A. All licensed dentists have earned either a D.D.S. or D.M.D. degree. While these graduate degrees have difference names, they are the same.

General dentists are dental care professionals who provide common dental services and treatment, much as a general physician, or G.P. provides common health care services and treatment.

Dental specialists are dental care professionals specially trained in and practicing a specific type of care other than general dentistry.

The most common dental specialists are:
  • Endodontists limit their practices to treating diseases of and injuries to tooth pulp.

  • Orthodontists limit their practices to the treatment of misaligned teeth and their surrounding structures.

  • Pedodontists limit their practices to treatment of children from birth through adolescence.

  • Periodontists limit their practices to the treatment of diseases of the supporting and surrounding tissues of the teeth.

  • Prosthodontists limit their practices to the restoration of the natural teeth and/or the replacement of missing teeth with artificial substitutes.



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