Are all Dentists the Same?
When it comes time to schedule an appointment with a new dentist, you may be wondering what makes one dentist different than the next. After all, aren’t all dentists the same?
Actually, no. Although all dentists start out as general dentists (after 4 years of dental school,) some of those doctors go on to study specific areas of dentistry for 2 to 3 more years before entering private practice. These dentists are specialists. The American Dental Association recognizes specialists in the following fields:
Dental Public Health
Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology
Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics
These specialty areas address concerns such as children’s dentistry, root canals, gum disease, oral surgeries, and much more.