Are you looking for tips on how to choose the best endodontist to perform your root canal? Top Dentists will fill you in on the special qualifications a top endodontist possesses and when you should schedule an appointment to see one. And if you’re interested in learning about the benefits of taking your little one to a pediatric dentist, we can highlight several – including why creating a safe environment and “dental home” for your child will help them (and you!) in the long run. Or maybe you’re researching the different types of braces options out there – metal, invisible, Invisalign, adult – before you consult with your trusted orthodontist. We have the answers to these questions and many more in Top Dentists’ Dental Specialties section.

The American Dental Association recognizes nine dental specialties, and Top Dentists is committed to providing the most accurate information about when you should seek the care of a specialist, breakdowns of common procedures and how to choose a top-notch professional in each specialty.



Cosmetic Dentistry

Although cosmetic dentistry is not yet recognized as a specialty by the ADA, it is rapidly becoming a very popular area of focus for many talented dentists. Chipped, cracked, stained, misshapen or uneven teeth can all be corrected with a smile makeover.

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Endodontists are crusaders for saving teeth and eliminating pain. Learn more about this misunderstood specialty.

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General Dentistry

Your general dentist is your best defender against tooth and gum disease. Find out what a general dentist can do for you and your family, and why keeping dental appointments is important for your overall health.

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Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Oral and maxillofacial surgery is a dental specialty that requires many years of training above and beyond a basic board certification in dentistry. Oral surgeons are experts at restoring the tissues of the mouth, face and jaw when injury or disease strikes.

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The dental specialty of orthodontics focuses on correction of dental and facial malocclusion (improper positioning of teeth or jaw) through the use of braces and other devices. The ADA has recognized orthodontics as a field of specialization since 2003.

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Pediatric Dentistry

Find out why pediatric dentists are some of the most valuable members of your child’s wellness team, beginning from day one.

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While general dentists care for the health of your teeth and gums, advanced periodontal disease or other gum- and structure-related issues may require the attention of a periodontist.

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Prosthodonists specialize in cosmetic restoration and tooth replacement, concentrating on the optimal function and appearance of teeth that are broken down, decayed, infected, missing or shifted. Learn more about this dental specialty and treatments.

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