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When is it Time to be Referred to a Specialist?

Posted in Dental Implants

You love your family dentist and trust everything that they do. Now that you seem to have a pretty “big issue” with your smile that you’re dealing with, how can you know when it’s time to visit a specialist to have your tooth fixed?

Here are a few reasons why your dentist may want to refer you to a specialist for a more precise type of treatment:

Root Canals

Hard to reach teeth, teeth with odd root anatomy, or root canal re-treatments are often sent to a specialist who has the necessary equipment to make these treatments easier and more predictable. 


Oral surgeries like dental implant placement or wisdom tooth removal aren’t always an everyday thing for some dentists. They may want you to see someone who provides this service numerous times a week, for better efficiency. 

Anxiety Management

Does dental care generally make you or your child nervous? Minor treatments are no problem, but when a procedure takes a bit more time it can be really challenging. Your dentist may recommend seeing a specialist who offers in-house sedation or IV sedation to help you relax through the procedure you so desperately need.

Your dentist works closely with referring specialists to discern what treatments take place and provide follow-up care after the procedure. He or she isn’t referring you blindly to someone that they don’t know. These relationships are built on a mutual trust and understanding of what is best for you as the primary patient of your family dentist. Ask your provider how long he or she has been working with the specialist to find out more about what it is that they do.

Posted on behalf of:
Garrisonville Dental
481 Garrisonville Rd. #105
Stafford, VA 22554


Who’s On Your Full Mouth Reconstruction Team?

Perhaps because of disease or an accident, your bite has significantly changed. You may even have lost some teeth. A complete reconstruction will help get your smile back to a level of ideal health and beauty.

It will take more specialists than your dentist alone to help you reach your oral health goals. Here are some of the individuals you might end up working with.

Oral Surgeon

For tooth extractions and surgical reconstruction, you will probably be referred to a qualified surgeon. Surgeons specialize in these procedures and are prepared to make your experience as comfortable as possible.


An endodontist treats teeth from the inside. Nerve problems and root canals are a couple areas that fall under the expertise of an endodontist. This treatment is critical for treating and preventing dental abscesses.


Getting your teeth back into proper alignment is essential to having a healthy smile. Orthodontic care will make sure your bite is properly adjusted, too. An orthodontist will work out with you a treatment plan that suits both your dental needs and your lifestyle.


Your gums cannot be overlooked in reconstructing your smile. If you’ve had damage to gum tissue because of trauma or gum disease, then a periodontist will help get you back on track. A periodontist will provide services such as gum grafts and deep root cleanings. Healthy gums provide a solid foundation for healthy teeth!

Primary Dental Care Provider

The finishing touches such as crowns, bridges, and cosmetic treatment will probably be available right there in your main dental office. Restorative work usually comes last after all other major dental problems are addressed.

A full-mouth reconstruction can be an exciting project! Call your dentist for more information on beginning your journey to a new smile.

Posted on behalf of:
Gold Hill Dentistry
2848 Pleasant Road #104
Fort Mill, York County, South Carolina 29708
(803) 566-8055

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