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Dental Specialty Definitions

Endodontist: A dentist who specializes in disease and injuries involving the roots of teeth.

General Dentist: A dentist who specializes in evaluation, diagnosis, prevention and/or treatment (nonsurgical, surgical or related procedures) of diseases, disorders and/or conditions of the oral cavity and facial area.

Oral and Maxillofacial Pathologist: A dentist who specializes in nature, identification, and management of diseases affecting the oral and maxillofacial regions.

Oral And Maxillofacial Surgeon: A dentist who specializes in diagnosis, surgical and adjunctive treatment of diseases, injuries, deformities, defects and esthetic aspects of the oral and maxillofacial regions.

Orthodontist: A dentist who specializes in interception and treatment of malocclusion of the teeth and their surrounding structures.

Pediatric Dentist: A dentist who specializes in treatment of children from birth through adolescence; formerly known as a pedodontist.

Periodontist: A dentist who specializes in treatment of diseases of the supporting and surrounding tissues of the teeth.

Prosthodontis: A dentist who specializes in restoration of the natural teeth and/or the replacement of missing teeth with artificial substitutes.