Your dentist will pursue updated training throughout her career. New advances in technology, new health and safety laws and new dental products require continuing education. Laser dentistry or invisible dental braces are perfect examples of what a dentist DMD might need to learn to stay current.
And education continues for approximately 18,000 DMDs who choose to specialize. The American Dental Association recognizes nine particular dental specialties. Your dentist DMD may have chosen one of these fields before or after getting her license:
Dental Public Health -Your DMD learned the art of disease prevention and control when it comes to dental health for a whole community.
Endodontics - All dentist DMDs learn root canals, but some complicated pulpitis or tooth abscess cases require specialist dentistry.
Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology - DMD dentistry in this category deals with cause, effect and process of diseases like oral cancer.
Oral Maxillofacial Radiology - This DMD produces and interprets imaging relating to mouth problems.
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery - Know someone with tongue cancer or temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ or TMD)? Chances are that person will see an oral surgeon for treatment and therapy.
Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics - This is the DMD to see for malocclusion and neuromuscular or skeletal abnormalities.
Pediatric Dentistry - From infants to teens to people with special needs, your pediatric dentist handles them all.
Periodontics - A dentist DMD in periodontics keeps the soft tissues and supports for your teeth in good health. All DMDs deal with gum diseases like gingivitis and periodontitis, but a periodontist may be your best bet for a severe case.
Prosthodontics - Something missing from your mouth? A prosthodontic specialist fills in the gaps from missing teeth, collapsing oral tissues, jaws and more. Ask your prosthodontic DMD about biocompatible substitutions.