Parklane dental specialities

Confused about all the dental terms for dental specialties?

You’re not alone!

Our dentists and dental specialists include an orthodontist, oral surgeon, pediatric dentist, and cosmetic dentists.

Let’s discuss how our smile makeover experts can improve your smile here at Parklane Dental!

What is an Orthodontist?

Parklane Dental - Dr Eric To showing adult patient InvisalignAn orthodontist is a dentist who prevents and treats mouth, teeth, and jaw problems for patients of all ages. Using many oral devices, an orthodontist helps straighten a patient’s teeth by correcting the way the jaws line up.

Some of these devices are braces and retainers, but modern options include clear braces that makes it convenient and simple for you at work or at school.

At Parklane Dental, our orthodontist Dr. Jennifer Wu treats kids and adults for many problems in the mouth. Dr. Wu has decades of experience in treating crowded or overlapping teeth and problems with jaw growth and tooth development.

These jaw and tooth problems may be caused by a variety of factors, often inherited or genetic. Some common factors are tooth decay, the loss of baby teeth too soon like by accidents, or even habits like thumb sucking.

So why would you go to the orthodontist?

Our dental team is concerned with the development and alignment of your teeth, because often they see a problem with your teeth or jaws during examination. If left untreated, the misalignment of the teeth can worsen over time.

Patients love to chat with our orthodontist about how Invisalign, clear aligners, can straighten their dental issues. The longer the issue is left untreated, the more complicated your unique dental situation can become.

Sometimes, maybe it’s the kid who doesn’t like the way his or her teeth might look might ask for a straighter smile here at Parklane Dental!

What is a Pediatric Dentist?

Pediatric Patient at Parklane DentalA pediatric dentist is a dentist with additional years of training beyond dental school to focus on the needs of children dental health. The additional training brings attention on the management and treatment of issues particular to children.

Many of these issues concerns the particular rapidly growing teeth in your children. In particular, the development of teeth gives rise to many issues that might not be as relevant to adults with mature teeth.

Our pediatric dentist Dr. Wesley Choi has specialized training in developing teeth, child behavior, and the physical growth and development of children.

With the help of Hello Kitty and Gudetama, the pediatric team at Parklane Dental is geared to caring for the the special needs of children’s dentistry. We are here to help our young patients to feel at ease at Parklane Dental!

What is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon?

Patient feeling toothacheOral and maxillofacial surgeons (OMS) are dentists who specializes in the surgery of the mouth, face, and jaws.

After initial four years of dental school, these dentists receive additional four to seven years of education that hones their dental knowledge with hospital-based surgical and medical training.

This prepares our OMS to perform a wide range of procedures – including all types of surgery of both the soft tissues and the bone of the mouth, face, and jaws.

Our in-house OMS here at Parklane Dental helps patients with complex wisdom teeth issues, misaligned jaw, and concerns about oral cancer.

At our Arcadia location, our OMS specializes in implants and tooth replacements, and he has decades of experience in complex cases. Some of these cases involve complicated procedures like bone graft or a series of procedures over a length of years.

We are proud of our successful results, so don’t hesitate to ask us about oral surgery at Parklane Dental!

What are other Dental specialities?

what is a Periodontist?

Periodontists are dentists who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of periodontal (gum) disease. They have had extensive training with two additional years of study after dental school. As specialists they devote their time, energy and skill to helping patients care for their gums. A periodontist is one of the eight dental specialists recognized by the American Dental Association.

Why are we referring you to a Periodontist?

Your dentist has determined that your gums require special attention. The periodontist and dentist work together as a team to provide you with the highest level of care. They will combine their experience to recommend the best treatment available to you while keeping each other informed on your progress. By referring you to the specialist, your dentist is showing a strong commitment to your dental health.

What is an Endodontist?

The Endodontist examines, diagnoses and treats diseases and destructive processes, including injuries and abnormalities of dental pulps and periapical tissues of the teeth.

Endodontists examine patients and interpret radiographs and pulp tests to determine pulp vitality and periapical tissue condition. They evaluate their findings and prescribe a method of treatment to prevent loss of teeth.

What is a Prosthodontist?

The prosthodontist examines and diagnoses disabilities caused by loss of teeth and supporting structures. They formulate and execute treatment plans for the construction of corrective prostheses to restore proper function and esthetics of the mouth, face, and jaw.

Book Your Visit!

A referral to a dental specialist means that your dream smile might need further treatments from our smile experts.

It is common for doctors to collaborate together to improve your confidence with Smile Makeovers. 

This referral process is for patients of all ages. That means adults, kids, and families can visit our convenient dental centers for a general dental visit first. 

Visits are booked in advance, and it is recommend to call us early to book your visit with us! Ready to freshen up your smile together?

Book Your First Visit to Parklane Dental!