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Choosing the Right Dental Specialist

The process of finding the perfect dental specialist can pose challenging as there are numerous dentists with their own specifications, locations and hours. Some dentists have their names ending with “DDS” (doctor of dental surgery) while others include “DMD” (doctor of dental medicine).

While general dentists take on the basic tasks of fillings, cleaning, x-rays and check-ups, often times patients need to seek out an Orthodontist, Endodontist, Cosmetic Dentist or Pedodontist.  First, define your needs before seeking out your specialized dentist.

Define Your Needs

It’s best to first specify why you need to see a dentist. Does your baby need his or her first cleaning? Are you interested in braces or Invisalign? Perhaps you have tender gums? In instances that go above the basic cleaning or extraction, you need the services of a specialist.

See below for a defined list of specialists:

  • Pedodontist: Child Dentist
  • Endodontist: Root Canal Specialist
  • Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon: Toot Extraction & Oral Surgery
  • Prosthodontist: Restorative Specialist
  • Periodontist: Gum Disease Treatment Specialist
  • Orthodontist: Dental Braces & Bite Specialist

Ask the Right Questions

When you believe that you have found the right dentist, always make sure to ask a few key questions. Inquire about the dentist’s clinical experience and training, especially when it comes to the procedure you require.

Consider how far the drive is from your home to the dentist’s office. Along with this, find out if your dentist is available for emergency situations. If you feel panicked when going to the dentist or may be undergoing intensive treatment, ask if the office has sedation dentistry or technology such as CEREC. A crucial factor when choosing a dentist is checking to see if they accept your dental insurance.

When you are seeking a dentist in the Bedford NH area, contact Lindner Dental. Our professional team of dentists specializes in an array of areas including pediatric dentistry, Invisalign, orthodontics, restorative dentistry, cosmetic dentistry and more.