At Passes Dental Care, there are a variety of people who work in our office. Do you know what each of us does for you? Aside from our General Dentists we have a few specialty dentists, along with hygienists and lab technicians. But do you know what the orthodontist does as well? And when should your child start seeing a Pediatrician? Well here are the answers to some of those questions you may have had but never had the courage to actually ask!
A Periodontist is a dentist who specializes in gums. The periodontist studies for three additional years beyond dental school to receive their training in the field. Their job is to prevent, diagnose, and treat periodontal diseases along with the placing of dental implants. The periodontist will check if your gum line is receding, if your teeth fit together when biting down, and if you have lose teeth. They also look to see if there is a deep space between the tooth and the gum known as a periodontal pocket. You will need to see a periodontist if you have severe gum disease. At Passes Dental Care, Dr. Demetrios Tsiokos, DDS is our Periodontist. He received his Masters of Science in General Dentistry at New York University where he also completed his post-graduate studies in Periodontics and Implantology. He is a member of the American Dental Association, American Academy of Periodontology, American Academy of Osseointegration, New York State Dental Association, and the Northeast Periodontal Association. He is also a Diplomat of the American Academy of Periodontology.
An Endodontist is “a dentist who specializes in treating diseases of the tooth’s pulp”. The endodontist attends dental school plus an additional 2 to 3 years of training in the specialty. The endodontist is seen when you have abscessed teeth, cracked teeth, dislodged teeth, and knocked out teeth. They concentrate on root canals, crowns, and in some cases surgery. At Passes Dental Care our endodontist is Dr. Brian Webber, DDS. He received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree from Columbia University, and completed an internship at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. He received his Certificate of Specialization in Endodontics from Columbia University School of Dental Medicine.
An Orthodontist is a dentist who specializes in cosmetic dentistry. The Orthodontist attends dental school and then goes on for two or more years for orthodontics. Their job is to correct teeth and the jaw that are positioned improperly. You may want to see a orthodontist if you have a overbite or under bite, a cross bite or an open bite, misplaced midline, spacing, or crowding. The orthodontist will provide you with the right treatment such as braces, aligners, space maintainers, jaw repositioning appliances, palatal expander, retainer, etc.
The Dental Hygienist is one of the most important people in the office right after the actual dentists. They are the ones that clean your teeth, examine your gums for signs of gingivitis, provide preventive dental care, and educate you on good oral health. In order to be a hygienist you need an associate’s degree in dental hygiene and have a state license.
A Pediatric Dentist is the “pediatrician of dentistry”, and they study 2 to 3 years following dental school. They are specifically trained to treat on children only from infants to adolescents including those with special needs. The pediatric dentist should first be seen when your baby develops their first tooth and no later than the child’s first birthday. The pediatric dentist’s main jobs is to ensure the primary teeth (baby teeth) are kept in place until lost naturally, to prevent tooth decay and cavities, and to help maintain good nutrition and speech development.
And finally, this person you may not see specifically in the office but they are extremely crucial to working there. The Dental Laboratory Technician is different in each office on their roles but they work directly with the dentist. They are the ones that use impressions (molds) of the patient’s teeth or oral soft tissue to create full dentures, partial dentures, crowns, veneers, and orthodontic appliances.
If you ever need one of these specialists or want to see what some of these people do come to our office! Our website is https://www.passesdentalcare.com/. Give us a call and learn about what our team can do for you! And remember “May The Floss Be With You”!