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Dental Specialties

Eddie Kao DDS

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Click on each of the questions below to learn more about that particular dental specialty.

  • What is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon (OMS)?

    Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are dentists specializing in surgery of the mouth, face, and jaws. Extensive surgical and medical training prepares them to do a wide range of procedures, including all types of surgery on both the bones and soft tissues of the face, mouth, and neck.

  • What is a Periodontist?

    Periodontists are dentists who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of the gums and underlying jawbones. They have had extensive training which prepares them to perform procedures ranging from placing implants to soft tissue grafts to treating periodontal disease.

  • Why is your dentist referring you to a Periodontist?

    Your dentist has determined that your gums require special attention. The periodontist and dentist work together as a team to provide you with the highest level of care. They will combine their experience to recommend the best treatment available to you while keeping each other informed on your progress. By referring you to a specialist, your dentist is showing a strong commitment to your dental health.

  • What is an Endodontist?

    An Endodontist examines, diagnoses and treats diseases and destructive processes, including injuries and abnormalities of nerves and periapical tissues of the teeth. Endodontists specialize in performing root canals.

    Endodontists examine patients, interpret radiographs, and perform dental nerve tests to determine nerve vitality and periapical tissue condition. They evaluate their findings and prescribe a method of treatment to preserve the overall oral health of the patient.

  • What is a Prosthodontist?

    The prosthodontist examines and diagnoses disabilities caused by the loss of teeth and supporting structures. They formulate and execute treatment plans for the construction of corrective prostheses to restore proper function and esthetics of the mouth, face, and jaw.

  • What is a Pediatric Dentist?

    A Pedodontist focuses on the management and treatment of a child’s developing teeth, child behavior, physical growth and development, and the special needs of children’s dentistry. Although either a general dentist and pediatric dentist is capable of addressing your child’s oral health care needs, a pediatric dentist, his or her staff, and even the office décor are all geared to care for children and to put them at ease. If your child has special needs, care from a pediatric dentist should be considered.

  • What is an Orthodontist?

    An orthodontist prevents and treats mouth, teeth, and jaw problems. Using braces, retainers, and other appliances, an orthodontist helps straighten a person's teeth and correct the way the jaws line up.

    Orthodontists treat children and adults for many problems, including having crowded/overlapping teeth or problems with jaw growth and tooth development. These tooth and jaw problems may be caused by tooth decay, losing baby teeth too soon, accidents, habits like thumb sucking/pacifier use, or may be genetic. By creating symmetry of tooth alignment within and between the jaws, an orthodontist's role in creating proper teeth/jaw harmony is critical in maintaining good oral health.

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