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Dentist vs. Specialist


Posted on 7/20/2016 by Tessa Smith-Greisch
A woman dentist smiling happily.There can be a lot of confusion between what your dentist can do, and what a dental specialist can do. This is because the line can be very thin. The American Dental Association applies the title of Specialist to a dentist who has fulfilled the requirements to qualify under the ADA's standard for one of nine different dental specialties.

The line becomes thin in some of these areas with continuing education. Most dentists progress their education and knowledge through continuous seminars, courses, hands on training, and time spent in clinic. This work may not earn them the title of specialist within the requirements but they may still have considerable knowledge and skill in that area.

For example, a dentist may have performed many root canal procedures successfully and feel very comfortable in doing them, but they have not fulfilled the requirements to be able to called themselves an endodontist. Additionally, a dentist may be able to call themselves a Family Dentist, meaning they are happy to see patients of all ages, but that does not mean that they have a specialty in pediatric dental care.

What are the nine dental specialities?

The areas of specialties in dentistry include:

•  Endodontics: - Specializing in the inner portion of the tooth, known as the pulp.
•  Orthodontics: - Specializing in alignment and straightening of the teeth
•  Pediatrics: - Specializing in the dental care of young children and young adults.
•  Periodontics: - Specializing in the health of your gum tissue and preventing gum disease.
•  Prosthodontics: - Specializing in prosthetics including dentures, implants, bridges and crowns.
•  Maxillofacial Pathology: - Specializing in disease, both the diagnosis and treatment of.
•  Maxilliofacial Radiology: - Specializing in the analysis of radiographic images of the entire oral cavity.
•  Maxilliofacial Surgery or Oral Surgeon: - Specializing in trauma surgical care for the oral cavity.

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The doctors of Madison Oral Surgery & Dental Implants would like to inform you of the enhanced safety protocol developed for our office in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Working with recommendations from the CDC, OSHA, American Dental Association, and local government, we have enhanced our already stringent protocols for hygiene and safety.

•  All patients and staff wear masks
•  All patients and guests are screened with a COVID-19 questionnaire and temperature check prior to admission to our clinic lobby. Hand hygiene is performed before entry.
•  All personnel have twice daily temperature checks
•  To allow for social distancing, we have reduced the number of patients and guests in the office at one time and spaced the seating in our lobby appropriately
•  Allow more time for disinfecting between patient encounters
•  Increased disinfection of frequently touched surfaces including counter tops, handles, lobby seating, and bathroom surfaces
•  New, single use pens to avoid germ sharing between patients and personnel
•  Procedural personnel wear N95/KN95 masks and face shields
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