What to look for in Oral Healthcare providers

There are more people than just your Dentist Long Island that at one time or another might become involved in your oral health.

A description of who these people are and what they do is as below:

General dentist on Long Island

This person is your primary oral health and dental provider. The dentist will diagnose, treat and manage your total oral health. His skills include root canal, crowns, fillings, veneers, bridges, etc.

The dentist will have either one of two applicable degrees; DDS (doctor of dental surgery) or DMD (doctor of dental medicine). There is no essential difference between the two qualifications, as the coursework requirements for both degrees in dental school is identical.

The dentist must have at least three years of undergrad education, plus four years in dental school to become a general dentist. To pursue a specialty, additional post-grad training and study is required.

Endodontist:

This specialty concerns the cause, prevention and treatment of problems with pulp in the tooth nerve. These specialists often perform very complex root canals or other surgical procedures on the tooth root.

Oral and maxillofacial radiologist:

These are the specialists who focus on the taking and reading of X-rays and other imaging that is used for the diagnosis and treatment of oral disease and conditions of the maxillofacial regions.

Oral medicine:

This dentist on Long Island specializes in the care of a medically complex patient. The specialist integrates medicine with oral health care, including treatment for oral cancer and other diseases of the oral cavity. The branch of dentistry also evaluates these complex patients prior to open-heart surgery, chemo and other cancer treatments.

Oral pathologist:

This expert studies the cause of diseases, which affect the lips, cheeks and jaws as well as parts of the face and neck. They are responsible for providing a diagnosis based on the biopsy of the tissue sent by the dentist or other oral health provider.

Maxillofacial surgeon:

This surgeon is the care provider that performs surgery in the face, mouth and jaw area. They treat victims of accidents where there is serious trauma to this region, they also do reconstructive surgery and dental implant surgery. The maxillofacial surgeon may perform tooth extractions, more complex extractions such as impacted wisdom teeth, tumor removal, jaw realignment and the manipulation of facial and bite discrepancies. He maxillofacial surgeon has an additional eight years of schooling after becoming a general dentist.

Orthodontist:

This dentist on Long Island focuses on changing the bite. These malocclusions can be the result of missing or crowded teeth or jaws, which are misaligned. He straightens the teeth through the uses of bands, wires and braces or other fixed or removable dental appliances such as a retainer. The orthodontist treats children as well as adults.

Dr. Jay B. Lubliner is a dentist on Long Island that offers a complete host of services including cosmetic dentistry, extractions and denture work.

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