The majority of people see a general or family dentist for their oral care needs. But, when complex dental concerns arise, it may be necessary to see a dental specialist.
A specialty dentist focuses their services on one particular area of dentistry, providing related procedures each and every day. They are true experts in their field, equipped to handle more accurately any types of challenging cases or more complex patient needs.
Dental specialists include practitioners such as endodontists, orthodontists, oral surgeons and pediatric dentists (just to name a few.) In addition to 4 years of dental school, they have another 2 years of formal education and residency in their field of specialization. This equips them to handle more complex cases that are beyond the everyday scope of care inside of a traditional dental office.
Your dentist may refer you to a specialist if he or she feels like your individual needs require an additional level of experience with your particular situation. Although some of these treatments can be offered in a general dental office, the specialist would be able to work more efficiently since they are so accustomed to similar types of cases. It does not mean that your dentist doesn’t want to see you for your care; it simply means that your dentist wants the best possible care for your extra level of needs.
Some specialists can be seen without a referral from your general dentist. Others may request your primary dentist send any radiographs or records over prior to your appointment in order to fully understand your complex case needs. Call your specialist today to find out more about your first visit.
Posted on behalf of:
Linda King, DDS MAGD
4146 Georgia 42
Locust Grove, GA 30248
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