Cosmetic dental procedures are a staple of many dental clinics, but is this considered a specialty that a dentist can focus solely on? Our Edmonton dentists are here to explain.
Are there cosmetic dentists?
While cosmetic dental procedures are incredibly popular and some dentists may choose to focus on cosmetic procedures, there is no such thing as a 'cosmetic dentist'.
What cosmetic procedures can my dentist perform?
You might be curious about the procedures that could improve the appearance of your smile if your dentist decides to offer them at their office. Teeth whitening, dental veneers, crowns, dental bonding, and inlays or onlays are a few of the cosmetic procedures frequently provided at dental clinics.
Your dentist may be able to perform these procedures, but that does not make specifically make them a 'cosmetic dentist' as that is not a recognized dental specialty in Canada.
What Dental Specialties are recognized in Canada?
There are nine recognized dental professions in Canada. The Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada (CDAC) reviews and accredits the education programs in those nine dental specialties.
These are the nine dental professions:
Dental Public Health - Dental Public Health is concerned with the diagnosis, prevention, and control of dental diseases and the promotion of oral health through organized community efforts.
Endodontics - Endodontics is a branch and specialty of dentistry concerned with the morphology, physiology, and pathology of the dental pulp and periradicular tissues. Its study and practice encompass the basic clinical sciences, including biology of the normal pulp, and etiology, diagnosis prevention, and treatment of diseases and injuries of the pulp and associated tissues.
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery - This branch and specialty of dentistry is concerned with and includes the diagnosis, surgical and supplementary treatment of disorders, diseases, injuries, and defects, involving the functional and aesthetic aspects of the hard and soft tissues of the mouth and related structures.
Oral Medicine and Pathology - This area of dentistry focuses on the diagnosis, nature, and primarily non-surgical treatment of oral, maxillofacial, and TMJ disorders, as well as the dental care of patients who have coexisting medical conditions. Two practical aspects of this specialty are oral pathology and oral medicine.
Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology - This specialty of dentistry involves the prescription, production, and interpretation of diagnostic images for the diagnosis and management of diseases and disorders of the craniofacial complex.
Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics - These dentists are specifically concerned with the supervision, guidance, and correction of the growing or mature dentofacial structures and the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of any abnormalities associated with these structures.
Pediatric Dentistry - Pediatric dentists provide primary and comprehensive preventive and therapeutic oral health diagnosis, care, and consultative expertise for infants and children through adolescence, including those of all ages with special care needs.
Periodontics - This specialty is interested in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases and conditions of the supporting and surrounding tissues of the teeth or their substitutes and the maintenance of health, function, and aesthetics.
Prosthodontics - Prosthodontists diagnose, restore, and maintain oral function, comfort, appearance, and health of the patient by the restoration of the natural teeth and/or the replacement of missing teeth and oral tissues with artificial substitutes.