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"What's My Line?"

posted Mar 15, 2014, 12:32 PM by Dr. Elham Khajavi

“What’s My Line?”


            There are many specialists in the field of dentistry.  Each one performs specific duties to help your oral health.  At Khajavi DDS we are fortunate enough to have specialists working under the same roof!  Let’s take a closer look at their specific duties.

            The Periodontist specializes in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of periodontal diseases (gum diseases) and oral inflammation and also placement and maintenance of dental implants.  In addition to implant placement, Periodontists perform gum surgery which may involve treating the bones that support the gums and provide patient education to prevent further gum disease.

            The Endodontist specializes in treating the soft tissues found inside the tooth.  When you hear the dreaded words “root canal” you may be visiting an Endodontist soon.  There are many general dentists that perform their own root canal treatments but if there are any complex or special circumstances regarding the tooth that needs the root canal therapy an Endodontist  will most likely be called.

            Then we have the “braces doctor”.  As parents, most of us have visited the Orthodontist!    This is thedoctor who specializes in improving their patients' smile by straightening the teeth, closing gaps and correcting bites by guiding misaligned jaws. This treatment will improve the long-term health of the gums and teeth and prevent long-term excessive wear or trauma of the teeth.  Customized treatment plans are tailored to treat each individual patient based on his or her dental needs.

            A TMJ specialist (Temporal Mandibular Joint) specializes in the problems or symptoms relating to the chewing muscles and joints that connect your lower jaw to your skull.  There two matching joints are located on each side of your head, just in front of your ears and are called the temporal mandibular joints.  Hence, the abbreviation TMJ. If you have ever experienced pain in this joint, you will never forget it!  There are many causes for pain in this region.  Some include stress & tooth grinding, malocclusion,a condition wherein the upper and lower teeth do not align properly when biting or chewing.  Arthritis, fractures and dislocations can also cause TMJ pain.  Patients suffering from problems in these joints may experience jaw pain or tenderness, clicking or popping of the jaw, locking of the jaw, earaches, headaches and difficulty opening their mouth.

            Lastly, the Oral Surgeon, better known as an Oral Maxillofacial Surgeon specializes in treating conditions, injuries, and defects of the mouth, teeth, jaws and face.  Some procedures performed by an oral surgeon include the infamous wisdom teeth extractions, surgical correction of misaligned jaws, treating accident victims with facial injuries and dental implant surgery.  Also, these specialists will care for patients with tumors and cysts located in the jaws.

            Hopefully taking a closer look at the specific specialists practicing at Khajavi DDS will help you stay informed and keep you up to date.  These specialists, along with your general dentist, are here to provide the best possible dental care for you as a patient!