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Dental Specialists And Why You Might Be Referred To One?

Dr. Saeed Mustafa

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Just as a general physician might refer you to various medical specialists such as cardiologists, gynecologists and neurologists among others, your family dentist may also refer you to a Dental Specialist in order to treat certain problems which could be out of their range of expertise.

Here are a few reasons why your general dentist might advise you to see a specialist:

1- Not All Dentists are Created Equal:

While general dentists have only completed the requisite 5 years of BDS (Bachelors of Dental Studies), a Dental Specialist studies for an additional 2-3 years in order to specialize in a particular field of dentistry, making them more knowledgeable on the factors and modern practices correlated with a specific dental field.

2- Your Dentist Wants the Best for You:

You might think your dentist is shirking their responsibilities or is incompetent, when in fact they simply want to make sure that you receive the best oral care possible. A good dentist would know when a particular treatment or diagnosis is beyond their capabilities and refer you to a relevant specialist.

3- The Big Picture Matters:

Most people want a one-size-fits-all solution and expect their usual dentist to treat the entirety of their oral issues, which is not possible. While loss of familiarity, discomfort in adjusting to a new doctor and clinical environment and the usually higher fee of a dental specialist might be valid concerns, your own health matters in the long run. Even if your own dentist agrees on a particular treatment, the results will most likely not be as effective as expected, resulting in multiple appointments-a waste of valuable time and money. Trust that your dentist is referring you to a trusted source, and refrain from self-referrals.

4- Different Types of Dental Specialists:

6 different dental specialisms are recognized in Pakistan, with a comparatively vastly growing number of specialists for every field:

Orthodontist:

An Orthodontist is concerned with teeth alignment, most commonly through the application of braces.

Endodontist:

Endodontists are root canal specialists and deal with problems related to the nerve of the tooth.

Periodontist:

Periodontists are essentially ‘gum specialists’, that is they diagnose and treat problems related to soft tissues of the mouth and supporting structures of the teeth.

Oral Surgeon:

Also known as Maxillofacial surgeons, oral surgeons specialize in the repair of various mouth and jaw conditions.

Pediatric Dentist:

These particular specialists deal with the dental care and oral hygiene of children ranging from infants and toddlers to adolescents (teenagers).

Prosthodontist:

A Prosthodontist is tasked with the complex repair and restoration of teeth, along with cosmetic dental surgery. Do not hesitate to book an appointment with a top Dental Specialist in Peshawar, Multan and Islamabad through Oladoc.com. Or call our helpline at 042-3890-0939 for assistance to find the RIGHT Doctor for your dental needs.

Disclaimer: The contents of this article are intended to raise awareness about common health issues and should not be viewed as sound medical advice for your specific condition. You should always consult with a licensed medical practitioner prior to following any suggestions outlined in this article or adopting any treatment protocol based on the contents of this article.

Dr. Saeed Mustafa - Author Dr. Saeed Mustafa is an Orthodontist practicing in Islamabad. Dr. Saeed Mustafa has the following degrees: BDS, MDS (Ortho) and has 10 years of experience. You can book an appointment with Dr. Saeed Mustafa by calling us or using the 'book appointment' button.He loves to write on dental healthcare in order to raise awareness along with some general healthcare issues in Pakistan and advises patients on healthy living. If you wish to read his healthcare articles and advice, please visit the following links:
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