Chat with us, powered by LiveChat

Are all Dentists the Same?

all dentists the same

Are all Dentists the Same?

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

Pediatric Dentistry



These specialty areas address concerns such as children’s dentistry, root canals, gum disease, oral surgeries, and much more.

all dentists the same
all dentists the same

When is a Specialist Necessary?

Although general family dentists are also trained to provide many of these services, it may sometimes be necessary to have certain types of procedures completed by a specialist. For instance, if you require a root canal to be retreated or have a complicated dental extraction due to tooth anatomy, your family dentist may choose to refer you to a specialist.

Referring you doesn’t necessarily mean your family dentist does not know how to provide the service. It just means that it may be more efficient or successful if the procedure is completed by someone who focuses on certain types of treatments. Those care facilities may also be equipped with equipment that makes it more efficient to complete procedures like dental implants, wisdom tooth extractions, or other advanced treatments.

At SEDA Dental, our team of dentists focuses their care services on everything from family dentistry to dental implants and everything in-between. If you are in need of a new dentist or are looking for a specialist office for a certain type of treatment, give us a call today!

By | 2017-06-16T18:58:40+00:00 January 7th, 2016|

About the Author:

Sharon has been a Texas Registered Dental Hygienist since 2001. In 2011 she began a career as a dental educator and writer, using her experience and education in the dental field to share information with patients and peers around the globe. In her spare time she enjoys running and has completed 2 marathons so far this year.

Leave A Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.