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A 35-year-old member asked:

Dentist ortodontist periodontist endodontics what's the difference?

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Dr. Sandra Eleczko
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Dentistry 37 years experience
Different specialist: Orthodontist specializes in braces endodontist specializes in root canal treatment periodontist specializes in gum diseases. A general dentist treats a wide range of oral and dental problems and is not limited to any one area.
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 54 years experience
Training/experience: All dental specialists are dentists first. 4yrs college + 4 yrs (8000 hrs) dental school. About 10% of all dentists then take an additional 2-5 yrs (4000-10000 hrs) training in one of the 7 specialty areas of dentistry and limit their practices to just that discipline. Orthodontist corrects malocclusion (bad bite), periodontist treats diseased gums, endodontist treats infected root canals.
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A 37-year-old member asked:

What's the difference between a periodontist and a regular dentist?

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Dr. Daniel Wolter
Dentistry 31 years experience
Additional Training: A periodontist has gone through dental school, like other dentists, but then continued with specialized training for an additional 2-3 years. They specialize in diagnosis and treatment of the tissues surrounding teeth...Basically gums and bone. They treat gum disease, place implants, perform oral plastic surgery, and so on. Generally, if you need to see one, your regular dentist will refer you.
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A 40-year-old member asked:

How do I find what's the difference between a dentist & a periodontist?

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Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 46 years experience
Difference: A general dentist is a generalist. May treat any dental problem. A periodontal specialist has specialty training in disease of the gingival tissues (gums), also dental implants.
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