How To Choose Which Dental Specialist You Need

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Do your teeth hurt?

Are you experiencing toothache pain?

Maybe you have noticed that you’re gums are bleeding a little after you brush your teeth? Is grinding your teeth at night and making it hard for your sleep and wearing away tooth enamel!

Maybe it’s time for a long overdo checkup and teeth cleaning? Or are you looking for a brighter whiter smile to make yourself feel better about how you see?

If any of these are you, then it’s time for you to find a dentist  to handle your situation and put you on the path to good oral health.

But, which dentist do you choose?

Dentistry is a broad field with a variety of specialized services that are available, and most dentists are specialists such as a Pediatric Dentist, treating particular diseases through straightforward treatment procedures.

Here are a few of the different types of Dentist and what services they perform for patients.

General Dentist

A General Dentist is a dentist that provides you and your family with primary general dental care, and preventative maintenance services such as, tooth cleanings, and scaling, tooth whitening, fluoride treatments, root canals, filling cavities and so on. They offer their patients with general dental services and serve all kinds of dental patients and can refer their patients to other dental specialists for other treatments when they’re needed.

Cosmetic Dentist

Cosmetic Dentists are dental professionals that perform specific dental processes for a cosmetic or beauty purpose that is done to improve a person’s appearance and smile. Their specialty in cosmetic-dentist creating a better-looking presentation includes enhanced procedures such as veneers, caps, crowns or tooth bonding and the popular tooth whitening.

It is no longer costly to get the smile that you have always wanted, cosmetic dental procedures like teeth whitening have dramatically come down in prices with all the take home kit technology that’s available.


An Orthodontist is a dentist that specializes in jaw alignment and teeth positioning. The procedures performed by an Orthodontist includes the attaching of dental appliances that will help straighten out crooked teeth, and can correct misaligned teeth, they also can replace missing teeth, fix overbite problems and can alter different types of teeth deformities.

These dental professionals can correct such issues through the use of braces, mouth retainers to correct tooth imperfections.

Orthodontists are known to mostly work on children’s mouth’s since a child’s teeth, and jaw is still in the development phase and is much easier to move and correct.


An Endodontist is a dental specialist that performs root canals and pulp procedures in a patient’s mouth. Their dental specialty is in the diagnosis and treatment of mouth diseases that affect a tooth’s nerve, pulp, the arteries and veins found in the internal cavity that keeps the teeth alive. Anytime a root canal treatment is needed after your dental visit, and they will refer you to an endodontist to diagnose, treat and offer you with preventative care for the disease and injuries affecting the tooth’s pulp.

Pediatric Dentist

A pediatric dentist is a dentist that specialty is in treating children’s teeth. They offer their dental care services to children, and young adults. While you can take your child to a General dentist, they might refer you to a Pediatric Dentist for further treatments. A Pedodontist will work very closely with other types of dentists and Doctors to ensure they provide the best medical and dental care for your children.

Choosing a dentist for you and your family can be a difficult task. There are lots of questions to ask beyond what type of Dentist they are, like does a particular Dentist takes the kind of insurance I have? And what types of services do they perform?

Are they good with children, what hours and days of operation do they have to fit my schedule?

Do they make the dental visit and experience comfortable for me at their office when getting my teeth cleaned, whitened or worked on? By taking a little time to do your research you can find the best dentist for your situation.

One of the best methods in finding a dentist is by word of mouth, People like to talk about the experiences they go through, good or bad, you can locate a dentist by asking your friends who they use and what they want about their particular Dentist, then you can check out their reviews out online, and see what other people think.

Check out our other articles: The Most Common Procedures to Get When You Visit a Dentist in Durham North Carolina.

Featured Dentist of the Month

Featured Dentist of the Month: The Smile Dental Center

Roseburg Dentist – General & Cosmetic Dentistry

Kevin Sutton, DDS and Derrick W. Sanford, DMD

The Smile Dental Center is dedicated to providing the best possible quality dental care in a comfortable and caring professional setting. Everyone is welcome to our practice; we offer all manner of dental services for all ages. From Senior Care services and Families, to those with special needs including Childrens’ dental services.

When you visit The Smile Dental Center you will find our entire staff is determined to providing you with the professional, personalized, in short the very best quality care that you deserve. Our experienced staff and facility is second to none. We have served our wonderful patients since 1994.

– Welcoming Patients of All Ages, Complete Family Oriented Dentistry
– State of the Art Facilities and State of the Art Infection Control Practices
– Comfortable and Safe Sedation: Nitrous Oxide, Oral, and IV (intravenous)
No Fear Dentistry, Custom Tailored Treatments
– In house Denture Services by Todd Olden and Natural Dentures
– Caring Highly Trained Staff, Several Hygienists to Choose From
– Current Technology, Consistent Ongoing Longevity and Complete Care
– TLC that is unmatched anywhere

Our commitment includes providing information and education, that helps our patients make better, more informed decisions about oral health. Our range of treatment options can help to obtain the best possible end result in optimal oral health.

We are sure you will find our website is helpful to you in learning more about our practice, dental conditions, teeth cleaing treatments you can do at home, dental recommendations, and more. We took a lot of effort to make our website into a resource we hope you’ll find both useful and interesting.

Take a look around our website and be sure to reach out and give us a call if you have any questions. We’d be happy to speak to you if you’d like to schedule an appointment.

Contact Us Today or Request An Appointment!

The Smile Dental Center
163 West Harvard
Roseburg, OR 97471
Phone: 514-893-3552

To read more info from great dentists check out our article: The Most Common Procedures to Get When You Visit a Dentist in Durham North Carolina.

The Most Common Procedures to Get When You Visit a Dentist in Durham North Carolina.

Today we interview a veteran dentist that has a long standing practice in Durham, North Carolina about their most popular dental procedures.

Here’s what he said:

Our Durham dental team is passionate in giving exceptional services to patients. Apart from being excellent dentists, they are also active in volunteering their time and expertise in various community projects.

Their peers have recognized their contributions to the field of dentistry.

Our dentists are also frequent guest lecturers and speakers on dental conferences and seminars.

Our dentists continue to hone their skills and keep themselves abreast on the latest trends and technologies in dentistry. We are aware that dentistry is part of your lives. And we take that seriously.

That’s why we continue to strive for excellence as we perfect our dental techniques to make your dental check-ups as comfortable as possible.

From cosmetic dentistry to full-mouth rehabilitation, our practice is equipped to handle all of your dental needs. To help you understand more about our office, we have included brief descriptions of some of our most common services on this page.

Initial Oral Examination

Your first visit at our office is very important in establishing your oral health baseline. We will perform a complete oral examination which includes an oral cancer screening, periodontal evaluation, an analysis of your occlusion (bite) and a thorough examination of your teeth, their supporting structures and of the oral anatomy.

The Preventive Program

Both natural teeth and teeth with restorations survive best in an oral environment that is clean and where proper oral hygiene is maintained. Our dental hygiene program is designed to help prevent new cavities, preserve teeth that have been restored and manage periodontal disease. At the initial visit with our hygienist, oral hygiene instructions are reviewed and are reinforced at subsequent recall visits.

Dental Fillings

Traditional dental restoratives, or fillings, include gold, amalgam, porcelain, and composite. With the advent of the newest technologies in dental science, today’s state-of-the-art restorative materials include ceramic and the latest composite materials. These materials are not only strong and durable, but restore the look of natural teeth and are very aesthetically pleasing.

Crowns & Caps

The terms dental crowns and caps are synonymous. Crowns are typically used to restore a tooth’s function and appearance following a restorative procedure such as a root canal. When decay in a tooth has become so advanced that large portions of the tooth must be removed, crowns are often used to restore the tooth. Crowns are also used to attach bridges, cover implants, or to prevent a cracked tooth from becoming worse. Crowns also serve an aesthetic use, and are applied when a discolored or stained tooth needs to be restored to its natural appearance. Crowns are fabricated in a laboratory and are made either of porcelain baked onto a metal substrate, all-porcelain, or many of the new ceramic materials that have been developed.

Bridges & Dentures

A bridge may be used to replace missing teeth, help maintain the shape of your face, and alleviate stress on your bite. A bridge replaces missing teeth with artificial teeth, looks great, and literally bridges the gap where one or more teeth may have been. Your bridge can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials and is bonded onto surrounding teeth for support. There are two basic types of bridges. A fixed bridge which remains in your mouth at all times and is supported by your natural teeth. Removable bridges (partials and full dentures) are removed from the mouth several times a day for cleaning and rest on the gum where the missing teeth are being replaced.

Pediatric Dental Care

We take pride in creating and maintaining beautiful and healthy smiles for our younger patients in an environment that is lighthearted and fun. We focus on establishing oral health habits that last a lifetime, with education and prevention as our primary tools.

Teeth Whitening

Our in-office state-of-the-art bleaching system will make your teeth whiter and brighter. You may also use our take home bleaching system to achieve a brighter and whiter smile in a matter of days.


Gaps, chips, stains, or misshapen teeth can now be treated with wonderful results and very conservatively using porcelain veneers. Veneers are natural in appearance, and are a perfect alternative for patients wanting to make minor adjustments to the look and feel of their smile. Veneers are thin, custom-made shells made from tooth-colored materials (such as porcelain) designed to cover the front side of your teeth.


When tooth removal is necessary, we can perform simple and surgical extractions using local anesthesia.

Implant Dentistry

If a tooth is extracted or missing for some other reason, it is now possible to replace it using dental implants. An implant is a new tooth made of metal and porcelain that looks just like your natural tooth. It’s composed of two main parts: One part is the titanium implant body that takes the place of the missing root, and the second part is the tooth-colored crown that is cemented on top of the implant. In addition to tooth replacement, implants may be used to anchor dentures, especially lower dentures that tend to shift when you talk or chew. For patients with removable partial dentures, implants can replace missing teeth so that you have a more natural-looking smile.

Night Guards

If you grind your teeth while you sleep, a bite guard will reduce symptoms of TMJ problems. We custom make mouth guards in both soft and hard materials.

Root Canals

Root canal therapy is needed when the nerve of a tooth is affected by decay or infection. This simple treatment can save your natural teeth and prevent the need of dental implants or bridges. Symptoms of the infection are generally acute dental pain or sensitivity to hot, cold or percussion. If you experience any of these symptoms, your dentist will most likely recommend root canal therapy to eliminate the diseased pulp. This injured pulp is removed and the root canal system is thoroughly cleaned and sealed. This therapy usually involves local anesthesia and may be completed in one or more visits depending on the treatment required. Success for this type of treatment occurs in about 90% of cases.

Thanks to Sam Smith DDS  for his generous time explaining his dental practice to us.

A Brief Introduction

Welcome to the Lubbock dental practice of Dr. Eric Peterson, DDS.

At our state-of-the-art office, we are dedicated to providing the finest dental care to our patients. From the moment you walk into our office, you will be greeted by our friendly staff who will do their utmost to make sure that your visit with us is as comfortable as possible. We specialize in all areas of oral health care including preventative, restorative and cosmetic dentistry.

Excellent care, beautiful aesthetic results, compassion and a gentle touch are the fundamentals of our practice.

Your visits with us are all about you, your comfort, happiness and complete satisfaction with your care. Our mission is to establish a lifelong bond with our patients and we treat everyone like a member of our family. It is our belief, that the more you know about dental health, the better prepared you are to make wise decisions about your health care.

We always stay informed of the latest advancements in dental technology and we will take the time to discuss different options with our patients, to arrive at the best personalized plan for each individual. We invite you to contact our office so that we can help you achieve the beautiful and healthy smile that you’ve always wanted.

Below are some of the most common services we provide:

Comprehensive Dental Examinations
Dental Hygiene
Tooth Colored Fillings
Crowns and Bridges
Porcelain Veneers
Complete and Partial Dentures
Root Canals
Cosmetic Dentistry
Implant Dentistry
Periodontal Care

We hope that you will find this website to be a useful and interesting resource for all of your dental concerns. If you would like more information about any of the procedures that we offer or to request an appointment, please call us at (806) 517-1382.

A Young Boy’s visit to the Dentist

Here is a transcript of this video of a trip to see a family dentist.

Hello how are you, so nice to meet you. Are you excited to be here?

Yeah it’s gonna be fun. Okay you’re really good you get two prizes from the treasure chests all right. All that mine out at my stop my um my dentist on that they only give me one. they only give you

We do two for extra good patients okay? So here we have Spongebob on do you want to watch something else?

No I think I wanna watch I like Spongebob. Okay well today we’re gonna get your teeth all nice and clean okay? Yeah.

Have you gotten this done before you’ve been through this before right? Yeah. Okay well I’m gonna put my mask on here Bruce okay? I’m gonna show you a few things first let me show you my cool tools here. So first I have a little squirt gun here.

You want to see what this does? Look at that! Wow! And it also sprays air, you want to feel the air huh just like that. See you can be a little model blow your hair back.

Yeah. And then I have a toothbrush here okay and what it does is it makes your teeth really clean and shiny okay. So watch this you can touch this to see it just spins just like that see?

Oh as long you have one of those you do alright? Last thing I’m gonna show ya it’s my little elephant trunk okay? You know what this does? It sucks up everything in your mouth so any water any toothpaste it gets it all out okay?

Try it. Yeah it just sounds like that and then you can put it in your mouth – good job. See that’s really easy. All right let me lean you back I’m gonna take a peek okay?

Okay now does anything hurt in your mouth bud? Nope. No? Okay I’m just gonna count your teeth here okay that’s my little tooth counter I’ll show ya what it looks like. Here’s my little mirror. See yourself in the reflection there? Yeah it’s just a teeny little mirror.

All right I got my tooth counter here we go, open big. Good job buddy one two three four five six seven eight nine ten on the top whoo-hoo.

Let’s check the bottom here open big 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 you have 20 teeth high-five that’s awesome. Doesn’t it look like we have any cavities either.

Okay so I’m gonna go ahead and clean them up here polish them up here okay? This parts really easy. All right here we go buddy, open big good job. Here we go it’s a little tickly right not bad though.

Thank you. All right let me get your rinse now raspberry-flavored.

See that was easy huh Bruce? Yeah. We are all done you were the best patient ever. How did you like it? Good. Good. I’m gonna go pick out a treasure now.

All right bud follow me, let me get your toothbrush. What color do you want? We have blue green or orange I think or if you want orange. All right there you go.

Good job today. Follow me up front okay?

The baby’s over there? Yes. Where’s the treasure chest? You see? Yeah. Oh, you’re gonna beat me to it.

Okay good job today. What instrument is in the bathroom? Wow, oh, a tooth a tube of toothpaste.

He’s a clever one alright. Good job today Bruce give me high five. Oh you missed there oh whoa oh that hurt man.

All right we’ll see you later bud have a good one yeah.

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