Which Dentist Fits Your Case

The ADA recognizes nine types of specialists in the dental field. Your regular dentist that you see for 6 month checkups, fillings, and crowns is usually a general dentist. If you have certain dental needs or conditions, however, you may find yourself at another office. These are the 6 most commonly seen specialists:

Pediatric Dentists are just like general dentists as far as what they can do goes. They attend 2-3 years more of school and specialize in the treatment of children only. Dr. David Johnson, a pediatric dentist in Riverton, says his passion for starting good habits at an early age led him to choose this specialty.

Endodontists specialize in procedures like root canal treatments. According to the American Association of Endodontists, the average endodontist completes about 25 root canals per week, while the average general dentist completes closer to 2.

Orthodontists are there to treat misalignments of the teeth and jaw. It is important to have a good bite or straighter teeth to avoid speech problems, help with oral hygiene, and possible issues chewing. Dr. Justin Parker, an American Board of Orthodontics (ABO) certified othodontic specialist has been a part of the Platinum Dental team since 2016.

Periodontist are a type of dentist who specializes in all things related to periodontal disease and bone loss. They will usually see more severe cases of periodontal disease. They are also trained in placing dental implants.

Prosthodontists specialize in replacing missing teeth, whether it be by bridge, implant, or denture. They are also trained in other cosmetic and functional procedures such as treatment of cleft palate in children and TMJ.

Oral and Maxillofacial surgeons attend the most school of all the specialties. The list of their abilities is quite impressive. They can administer anesthesia, complete extractions, implant surgery, sleep apnea, treat facial injuries, corrective jaw surgery, TMJ surgery, and that’s just to name a few. At Platinum Dental Care, our oral surgery specialist Dr. Scott Ferguson, travels to the PDC location most convenient to you if your case requires th expertise of an oral surgeon.

In addition to these 6 specialties are less common Oral and Maxillofacial Pathologists, Oral and Maxillofacial Radiologists, and Dental Public Health Specialists. We welcome your family to visit our family of dentists at any one of our 11 Utah locations.

At Platinum Dental Care, we provide our patients with the highest quality care in general dentistry, pediatric dentistry, oral surgery, and orthodontia.