For decades, people did not give any importance to their dental health and did not include that in their physical health. But fortunately, this mindset has changed and now people do take care of their teeth and know the importance of it. But even in this age, the majority of people do not know that just like doctors have specializations and have specific titles, the same goes for dentists.

When an individual completes their dental undergrad school, they are called dentists. After that, when they do specialization and complete grad school, they get a title accordingly.

As you probably know, we perform a wide variety of cosmetic and restorative dental procedures at our Lower Manhattan dental office.  We know many of our patients may be unfamiliar with the details of various dental specialties. There are six specialties in dentistry that require additional training beyond dental school.

1. Endodontists 

focus on tooth pulp and the tissues around the tooth root. They most often focus on root canals.


2. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons 

remove teeth due to injury or disease. They also treat oral cancers and problems with the joints in the jaw. Some maxillofacial surgeons perform facial cosmetic procedures.


3. Orthodontists 

straighten teeth with either metal appliances (also called braces) or the Invisalign system.


4. Periodontists 

focus on gum disease.


5. Prosthodontists

primary focus is tooth replacement. They specialize in dentures, dental implants and bridges.


6. Pediatric Dentists 

limit their practice to children and adolescents. Some pediatric dentists also work with developmentally disabled adults as well.


You can rest assured that your Manhattan cosmetic dentists will connect you with the right specialist for your needs, should a need arise.

We hope that you learned something new from this article and can now identify the different dentists that you interact with within a dental clinic. If you are suffering from any type of dental issue right now, feel free to get in touch with us. We have a team of some of the best dentists in NYC who will ensure that your dental issues get solved. 

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Dr. Jeffrey Shapiro 

Manhattan Cosmetic Dentist