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Dental specialties

Dental specialties

Dental specialties are recognized by the American Dental Association (ADA) to protect the public, promote the art and science of dentistry, and improve the quality of care. The specialties are recognized in the areas where knowledge and advanced skills are essential to preserve or restore oral health.

In the United States, Canada and Australia, there are 9 recognized dental specialties. These designations are approved by the Council on Dental Education and Licensure of the American Dental Association (ADA).

CHOOSING YOUR DENTAL SPECIALTY
Dental public health
Endodontics
Oral and maxillofacial pathology
 Dental Public Health
It refers to the dental health of public education, and controls dental diseases with the administration of group dental care programs. Duration of the career: 1 - 2 years.
 Endodontics
Endodontics is concerned to the prevention and treatment of disorders of the dental pulp, through endodontic therapy. Duration of the career: 2 - 3 years.
 Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology
It investigates the causes, and effects of diseases which affect the oral and maxillofacial regions. Duration of the career: 3 years.
Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopaedics
 Oral And Maxillofacial Radiology
It is concerned to the interpretation of radiograph for the identification of pathologic. Duration of the career: 3 years.
 Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
It includes the treatment and correct diseases, injuries and defects of the oral and maxillofacial region. Duration of the career: 4 - 6 years.
 Orthodontics
Orthodontics is concerned in control of irregular dental development, alignment and correction of abnormalities. Duration of the career: 2-3 years.
Pediatric Dentistry
Periodontics
Prosthodontics
 Pediatric Dentistry
Pediatric Dentistry is focused on the oral health of infants and children, that provides preventative and therapeutic attention. Duration of the career: 2 years.
 Periodontics
Periodontics deals with the maintenance of health, diagnosis, treatment of gum diseases and other areas around the teeth. Duration of the career: 3 years.
 Prosthodontics
Prosthodontics uses facial and oral prostheses to treat or correct appearance, restore oral function, and health of the patient. Duration of the career: 3 years.

Besides the above 9 specialties, the American Dental Association has the following areas recognized dental specialty
       Advanced Education in General Dentistry 12 Months
       Advanced Education in General Dentistry 24 Months
       Dental Public Health
       Endodontics
       General Practice Residency 12 Months
       General Practice Residency 24 Months
       Maxillofacial Prosthetics
       Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology
       Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology
       Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
       Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Clinical Fellowships
       Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics
       Orthodontics / Pediatric Dentistry
       Orthodontics / Periodontics
       Pediatric Dentistry
       Periodontics
       Prosthodontics
       Prosthodontics / Maxillofacial Prosthetics