Our Specialist Network

Our practice works very closely with a network of other dental specialists.  With most of these specialists, we have years of experience working together.  If you require multi-disciplinary treatment, you may be confident that all those involved in your care have advanced training. Here are the dental specialties represented in our network.  For every specialty listed, there are specialty practices nearby to which we regularly make referrals.

Periodontics

Periodontists specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of periodontal (gum) disease, and who also surgically place dental implants. They have had extensive training with two additional years of study after dental school.  

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons specialize in surgery of the mouth, face and jaws. After four years of dental school,  oral surgeons receive four to seven years of hospital-based surgical and medical training, preparing them remove wisdom teeth or teeth that can not be restored, place dental implants, and biopsy suspicious areas in the mouth.

Endodontics

Endodontists specialize in root canal therapy.  They have two years of training after dental school, and are experts in interpreting radiographs and doing testing to determine the status of the pulps (sometimes called the “nerves”) of teeth.  They are trained to remove pulps of teeth that are causing pain, or are no longer viable.  Through using microscopes and miniature CT scans, they can detect subtle cracks in teeth that are causing discomfort.

Pedodontics

Pedodontists specialize in treating children, with at least two additional years of training beyond dental school. The additional training focuses on management and treatment of a child’s developing teeth, child behavior, physical growth and development, and the special needs of children’s dentistry.  If your child has special needs, care from a pediatric dentist should be considered.  Our practice is primarily an adult practice, and we frequently refer children who may not readily tolerate dental procedures.

Orthodontics

Orthodontists specialize in treating misaligned teeth, called “malocclusion.”  Some malocclusions are caused by patterns of growth and development that result in a mismatch in the sizes of the upper and lower jaws. An orthodontist can diagnose if a skeletal problem is contributing to the malocclusion.   Using braces, retainers, and other devices, an orthodontist helps straighten a person’s teeth and correct the way the jaws line up.  Orthodontics is very often combined with prosthodontic treatment when severe tooth wear has resulted in teeth that have migrated out of their normal positions.  Adult orthodontics is very common, although it is often localized or segmental, rather than comprehensive in its objective.  Sometimes the best prosthodontic result can not be achieved without orthodontics.