When should I consult a specialist for a dental problem?

by Core Dental Group
When should I consult a specialist for a dental problem

Your general dentist is the go-to person whenever you have a dental problem or for your regular checkup. After a thorough assessment of your oral health they will devise a treatment and care plan.

When there are problems that are of a more complex nature, your general dentist may refer you to a specialist dentist.

Dental specialists break down into the following six groups:

  • Endodontist – root canal specialist who deals with the pulp (nerve) of the tooth.
  • Prosthodontist – specialist who deals with the restoration of natural teeth or replacement of missing teeth with dental prosthetics (dentures, crowns/bridges, implant crowns).
  • Oral & maxillofacial surgeon – wisdom tooth extractions, implants, oral lesions, jaw surgery and placement of dental implants.
  • Periodontist – gum specialist for the treatment and management of periodontal disease, gum recession and other disorders of the supporting tissues of the teeth.
  • Orthodontist – specialist for moving teeth to correct the bite and alignment of teeth using braces, Invisalign, and/or removable appliances.
  • Paediatric dentist – specialist who provides dental treatment to children from birth through to adolescence and those with special needs.

Specialist dentists are qualified dentists who have gone on to complete further training in the their chosen field. They are registered with AHPRA and the Dental Board of Australia.

You should see a specialist dentist when your dental problem is of a more severe or complex nature and is outside the scope of a general dentist. This is to ensure that you receive the necessary care and the best possible outcome from treatment.

Your dentist will provide you with a referral and details of the specialist dentist that they recommend.

Should you have any further questions regarding specialist care, please call one of our friendly Core Dental reception staff on 13 13 16 or make an online booking here.

Dr Kiran Jawanda
General Dentist BOH
GDipDent (Griff)