Dental Specialties:

Periodontist

If Dr. McCormick has determined that your gums require special attention, he will refer you to a periodontist. They will work together as a team to provide you with the highest level of care. They will combine their experience to recommend the best treatment available to you while keeping each other informed on your progress. By referring you to the specialist, Dr. McCormick is showing a strong commitment to your dental health

Periodontists are dentists who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease. They have had extensive training with two additional years of study after dental school.

As specialists, they devote their time, energy and skill to helping patients care for their gums. A periodontist is one of the eight dental specialists recognized by the American Dental Association.

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon (OMS)

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are dentists specializing in extraction of teeth and surgery of the mouth, face and jaws. After four years of dental school, surgeons receive four to seven years of hospital-based surgical and medical training, preparing them to do a wide range of procedures. This includes all types of surgery of the bones and soft tissues of the face, mouth, and neck.

Endodontist

The Endodontist examines, diagnoses, and treats diseases and destructive processes, including injuries and abnormalities of dental pulps and periapical tissues of the teeth. They specialize in root canal treatment.

Endodontists examine patients, and interpret radiographs, perform pulp tests to determine pulp vitality and periapical tissue condition. They evaluate these findings and prescribe a method of treatment to prevent loss of teeth.

Pediatric Dentist

A pediatric dentist has at least two additional years of training beyond dental school. The additional training focuses on management and treatment of a childs developing teeth, child behavior, physical growth and development, and the special needs of children’s dentistry. A pediatric dentist, his or her staff, and even the office dcor are all geared to care for children and to put them at ease. If your child has special needs, care from a pediatric dentist should be considered.

Orthodontist

An orthodontist prevents and treats mouth, teeth, and jaw problems. Using braces, retainers, and other devices, an orthodontist helps straighten a person’s teeth and correct the way the jaws line up.

Orthodontists treat patients for many reasons, including crowded or overlapping teeth, or problems with jaw growth and tooth development. These tooth and jaw problems may be caused by tooth decay, losing baby teeth too soon, accidents, or habits like thumb sucking. These problems also can be genetic or inherited.

Today, orthodontists treat adults of many ages as well.