If your primary care dentist has encouraged you to let him/her apply your orthodontics, remove your wisdom teeth, practice on your child, or perform a root canal, this site is for you.
With more and more primary care dentists aggressively looking for ways to increase the amount of money they can pull from your pocketbook, they are all too willing to offer you treatments for which they have no training. And they do this without telling you what procedures they are and are not qualified to perform.
If you are looking to protect your family by educating yourself on when you should see a specialist and what procedures primary care dentists are qualified and trained to do, this site is for you.
Nobody would allow their primary care physician to perform a heart surgery, because they know that cardiologists excelled in med school and then went on to become specialists. The same educational system is in place in dentistry, but primary care dentists and state dental boards have hidden it from their patients.
Either a dentist attended a full-time, accredited residency for years, or they didn’t. If you dentist’s qualifications to perform advanced procedures are solely continuing education courses taken at night, over weekends, or while on vacation, they are trying to fool you.
Every dental patient has the right to access affordable, quality dental care in a clean, safe, friendly environment, and every dental patient has the right to dental professionals who offer the same quality and recommendations for treatment as they would to their own family members.
Unfortunately, many Primary Care Dentists are shirking their responsibilities to recommend the best course of treatment as they attempt to render specialty services themselves. That’s not just dishonest; it breaks the oath they’ve taken as medical professionals to never do harm to anyone.
Dental specialists were dentists first, graduating from dental school with the same DDS or DMD degree as all primary care dentists. Due to exceptional performance in dental school, they then were selected to attend a full-time, accredited residency for two to six years, gaining the training, expertise, and qualifications to perform specialty procedures in any of the nine dental specialties: orthodontics, endodontics, periodontics, prosthodontics, pediatric dentistry (pedodontics), oral surgery, public health dentistry, oral and maxillofacial pathology, and oral and maxillofacial radiology.
When your smile is on the line, you want the most qualified medical professional possible performing the procedure. You want a specialist.
Ask for it.
- Dental specialists completed the same exact dental school as primary care dentists, and then completed an additional two to six years of schooling via accredited residency programs.
- While they often focus on providing specialty treatment, dental specialists remain well-qualified to provide all of the services offered by primary care dentists, including dental cleanings. The same is not true of the converse – primary care dentists are not qualified to provide specialty procedures.
- Entrance into an accredited dental specialty program is extremely competitive, with often only the top-graduating members of dental school classes accepted.