This is a dentist who has undergone further, formally recognised training leading to advanced knowledge and skills in diagnosis and treatment procedures in an area of dentistry.
The training pathways leading to a specialist qualification have to meet certain European and General Dental Council requirements. In the UK, only dentists whose name appears on the General Dental Council Specialist Register is able to call himself or herself a specialist. This demonstrates that they have completed the minimum required standard of training.
At Garstang Dental Referral Practice, we have specialist dentists in 6 of the 13 specialist fields of dentistry:
Restorative Dentistry: The restoration of diseased, injured, or abnormal teeth to normal function. Includes all aspects of Endodontics, Periodontics and Prosthodontics.
Prosthodontics: The replacement of missing teeth and the associated soft and hard tissues by prostheses (crowns, bridges, dentures) which may be fixed or removable, or may be supported and retained by implants.
Periodontics:The diagnosis, treatment and prevention of diseases and disorders (infections and inflammatory) of the gums and other structures around the teeth.
Endodontics: The cause, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diseases and injuries of the tooth root, dental pulp, and surrounding tissue.
Orthodontics: The development, prevention, and correction of irregularities of the teeth, bite and jaw.
Oral Surgery: The treatment and ongoing management of irregularities and pathology of the jaw and mouth that require surgical intervention