What Does a Specialty Dentist Do?
There are times when your general dentist should refer you to a specialist for procedures that cannot be done in-office. Specialty dentists focus on dental issues beyond standard care and receive additional training on specialties above and beyond their general dentistry degree. Specialists are necessary when you encounter problems that a general dentist can't address, like those due to heredity, overall health issues, or an accident.
Suppose your child is incredibly nervous about dentist appointments, for instance. In that case, your dentist may direct you to a pediatric dentist who practices sedation dentistry or takes an approach that is better suited for younger patients. Suppose your teeth are damaged and you need extensive cosmetic work. In that case, your general dentist could refer you to a cosmetic dentist for more in-depth treatment. A qualified general dentist knows when to refer patients and when to treat them personally.