Dental Specialties

What is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon (OMS)?

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are dentists specializing in surgery of the mouth, face and jaws. After four years of dental school, surgeons receive four to seven years of hospital-based surgical and medical training, preparing them to do a wide range of procedures including all types of surgery of both the bones and soft tissues of the face, mouth and neck.

At Kennedy Dental, the doctors often refer out impacted third molars (wisdom teeth) to an oral surgeon for extraction. We always give the patient choices and we work closely with the specialists that we refer to. Dr. Larry and Dr. Gary also have been trained in many types of dental surgery and perform some of these procedures themselves. We always put the patient’s care first and help them through the process.

What is a Periodontist?

Periodontists are dentists who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of periodontal (gum) disease. They have had extensive training with two additional years of study after dental school. As specialists they devote his time, energy and skill to helping patients care for his gums. A periodontist is one of the eight dental specialists recognized by the American Dental Association. Dr. Larry and Dr. Gary work closely with several periodontists and also belong to a study group called the Central Ohio Study Club. This study club is part of an internationally recognized group called the Seattle Study Club. The periodontists that we refer to are tops in their field and have consistently excellent results. Visit this website if you want to learn more about the consistently high dental service that we associate with.

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 his experience to recommend the best treatment available to you while keeping each other informed on your progress. By referring you to the specialist, your dentist is showing a strong commitment to your dental health. The periodontist that Kennedy Dental refers to also helps us with dental implants. There are many reasons that the doctors refer their implants to periodontists for placement, but the most important are fit and excellent aesthetic results. Ask any question you want and we will be happy to give you the answer or find the answer for you.

What is an Endodontist?

The Endodontist examines, diagnoses and treats diseases and destructive processes, including injuries and abnormalities of dental pulps and periapical tissues of the teeth.

Endodontists examine patients and interpret radiographs and pulp tests to determine pulp vitality and periapical tissue condition. They evaluate his findings and prescribe a method of treatment to prevent loss of teeth.

What is a Prosthodontist?

The prosthodontist examines and diagnoses disabilities caused by 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 pediatric dentist has at least two additional years of training beyond dental school. The additional training focuses on 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 type of dentist is capable of addressing your child’s oral health care needs, a pediatric dentist, his or her staff, and even the office decor 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 devices, an orthodontist helps straighten a person’s teeth and correct the way the jaws line up.

Orthodontists treat kids for many problems, including having crowded or overlapping teeth or having problems with jaw growth and tooth development. These tooth and jaw problems may be caused by tooth decay, losing baby teeth too soon, accidents, or habits like thumb sucking. These problems can also be genetic or inherited.

So why would you go to the orthodontist?

Your dentist or one of your parents might recommend it because they see a problem with your teeth or jaws. Or a kid who doesn’t like the way his or her teeth look might ask to see an orthodontist. Sometimes the most important reason for orthodontics is not looks but function. Teeth that do not fit together can cause a variety of problems, sometimes later in life when the choices for correction are limited. At Kennedy Dental, the doctors are prevention oriented and we often recommend treatment which will enhance your smile forever, while eliminating problems that you may not be aware of until later.