What is a Dental Specialist?

Your general dentist may refer you to our office because they think a dental specialist is needed to treat your dental or oral health issues. While your dentist can successfully treat many dental health issues, some require the specific expertise of a dental specialist.

A dental specialist is a dentist who has additional post-graduate training in a particular specialty. This additional training is intensive and can last up to four years. During this training, dentists immerse themselves in learning more complex techniques and focusing on their skills and experience in a particular area. After completion of academic work and, residency, dental specialists practice within their specialty, focusing on patients with complex oral health problems within their specialization. This ensures the doctor performs these services regularly and frequently with exceptional experience and skill for more complex cases.

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The American Dental Association currently recognizes twelve dental specialties:

  • Dental Anesthesiology
  • Endodontists
  • Orthodontists
  • Pediatric Dentists
  • Periodontists
  • Prosthodontists
  • Public Health Dentistry
  • Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology
  • Oral & Maxillofacial Radiology
  • Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Oral Medicine
  • Orofacial Pain

When to See a Dental Specialist

Although a general dentist can perform most types of dental work, including simple tooth extraction, there may be times when it is best to see a dental specialist, such as an oral surgeon. Although a dentist occasionally performs surgical tooth extractions, it is not their primary focus. On the other hand, oral surgeons routinely perform tooth extractions and oral surgery, making them more familiar with the procedures and the latest advancements in treatment. That experience aids the oral surgeon treating you with precision and expertise your general dentist can’t offer.

If your general dentist has referred you to our office, they are confident we can offer you superior care. You can also consult a dental specialist directly if you are more comfortable undergoing oral surgery or other specialty procedures. Reasons for sending a patient to a dental specialist may include the complexity of treatment, complicating health issues, or lack of the dentist’s familiarity with the latest treatment options.

The Center for Oral Surgery & Dental Implants

Dr. Valiente and his surgical care team are proud to offer their patients exceptional care within the oral surgery specialty, including dental implants and wisdom teeth removal. In addition to being a licensed dentist, Dr. Valiente has completed rigorous training in oral surgery, dental implant placement, and oral pathology. His expertise in these specialized areas has earned him the titles of Fellow of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Diplomate of the American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. He continues to pursue additional training to provide every patient with the finest care.

Dr. Valiente welcomes you to make an appointment to meet with him and discuss your specialized dental care and oral surgery needs by calling our office at Center for Oral Surgery and Dental Implants Office Phone Number (813) 968-5400.