The Fields Of Dentistry

dent2Have you ever wondered what the difference is between a general dentist and an orthodontist, periodontist, or endodontist? There are several fields of dentistry particular to the parts of the teeth or mouth that they treat. In fact there are nine recognized fields of dentistry including Prosthodontics, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, and Pediatric dentistry. Dental fields can seem mysterious and confusing and today there are general dentists who also offer other dental treatments that they have received training for. Read on to find out more about the fields of dentistry.  


The American Dental Association (ADA) recognizes nine fields of specialized dentistry. Dentists that practice in these fields are required to complete training additional to the four years for a general dentistry degree of DDS or DMD.

Pediatric Dentistry: An aged-defined specialty that focuses on preventive and therapeutic oral health care for infants through adolescence.

Endodontics: The diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of injuries or diseases of the dental pulp.

Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics: The diagnosis, prevention, and correction of malocculsions of the teeth and jaws, as well as neuromuscular and skeletal abnormalities.

Periodontics: The prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases of the supporting tissues of the teeth.

Prosthodontics: The diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of oral function.

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery: The diagnosis and surgical treatment of injuries, disease, or other defects of the mouth, face, and jaws.

Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology: The research and diagnosis of the causes, processes, and effects of diseases of the mouth, face, and jaws.

Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology: The production and interpretation of images for the diagnosis and management of oral and maxillofacial diseases, disorders, and conditions.

Dental Public Health: The science of preventing and controlling dental diseases and conditions through the promotion of dental health to benefit communities and society.


At A Briter Smile Dental Group, our dentists strive to offer each patient individual care and access to the latest in modern dentistry at an affordable price. If you would like to schedule a consultation, contact us at our Los Angeles office at (323) 747-1823. We proudly serve communities in Los Angeles, Eagle Rock, Highland Park, Glendale, Pasadena, Burbank, Hermon, and Washington Heights.