Did you know there are many different types of dentists? The video is, appropriately enough, presented by a happy, smiley, white-teethed dental hygienist who takes you through some of the specialties in dentistry.
A general or family dentist is the one most people are familiar with. When you go for an annual check-up or take your kids for an exam, they are the dentists you deal with. Nearly all dentists start out in this field.
A general dentist offers services such as fillings and crowns, though some do special procedures such as root canals, extractions, and braces. Orthodontists offer more specialized treatments, such as braces and aligners. You will be referred to an orthodontist if you need your teeth straightened or you have a significant malocclusion.
Oral surgeons are the professionals you see if you need hard or soft tissue therapy in the oral anatomy around your teeth. These dental specialists do extractions, sinus lifts, jaw reconstruction, and cleft palate repair. You will be referred to a periodontist if you have an aggressive gum disease that does not respond to conventional therapy. Now you know about some of the many types of dental experts. This will help you determine which one is best suited to deal with your problem.