Advanced Dentistry? What does it really mean? Advanced dentistry can mean different things to different people. It may mean advanced technology that a particular dentist has in his or her office. It may mean advanced techniques that your dentist uses to perform dental procedures. There is no doubt that your general dentist’s recommendation is the first recommendation to obtain when you are concerned about your oral health. Yet, let’s explore the top ten ways that advanced dentistry may be used as a “term” to the average patient.
1. When your dentist has participated in additional post graduate training, such as with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
2. When your dentist has obtained a post graduate degree beyond the designations of DDS or DMD.
3. When a general dentist refers you to a more experienced dentist in a specific area of dentistry following their initial treatment for your condition, such as cosmetic dentistry, endodontics, and periodontics.
4. When your dentist only performs amalgam dental fillings and you desire composite dental fillings (tooth colored), they may refer you to a dentist who does perform composite dental fillings.
5. When your dentist does not have the artistic experience required to perform extensive bonding dental work to fill in small cracks and chips, he or she may refer you to a dentist who does have extensive artistic experience.
6. When you require orthodontics, your dentist may refer you to a dentist who performs orthodontics.
7. When you require a root canal and the procedure is complex due to your anatomical features, he or she will refer you to an endodontist.
8. When your need for a dental crown requires preoperative work by an endodontist, your general dentist may refer you to the endodontist and then have you back to their office to complete your dental crown.
9. When you have abnormalities of the mouth, jaw and/or face, your dentist may refer you to an orthodontist and/or an oral maxillofacial surgeon for treatment before returning to their office for more basic dental work.
10. When you require more extensive periodontal treatment than offered by your dentist, your dentist may refer you to a periodontist.
Your primary dentist is definitely the first person to see should you be concerned about your oral health. He or she is skilled at diagnosing oral health problems and treating many of the most common oral health conditions. He or she will know if and when it is appropriate to send you to another type of dentist.