Why Choose a Dental Specialist?
Why Choose a dental specialist?
Before visiting South Coast Smiles, many patients have asked:
Why see a dental specialist?
With many dentists now performing dental work that has been performed by a dental specialist, it’s a reasonable question, so let’s answer it.
In simple terms, a dental specialist is a dental professional who has completed additional study and works to become specialised in a particular area of practice, for example, such as orthodontics. In dentistry, there are thirteen different specialties, each of which has varying study requirements, ranging from three to ten years.
It’s important because it takes more than a dentist to address every dental issue.
As we move through the stages of life, different dental challenges can emerge. While a dentist is skilled at managing certain aspects of dental care, there are some for which a specialist is preferred.
Typically, a dental specialist has deep knowledge, skills, and experience in the treatment of more complex issues associated with the mouth, teeth, jaw, and face. They are not learning from mistakes as they work. Instead, they have already studied and read the successes and failures of thousands of techniques from around the world so your treatment is designed to fit better, look more natural, be stronger, and last longer.
In addition, dental specialists treat patients with complex conditions every day so they have the experience to manage challenging or complex situations. With experience comes the ability to assess risk and determine what will and won’t work. Importantly, specialists have the knowledge and skills to manage and rectify complications that may arise during treatment.
Consulting with a specialist can help identify the issue with the existing treatment and correct it for a better outcome.
A specialist can draw from a deep body of knowledge and experience and can formulate a comprehensive solution that may not be obvious to others with less knowledge or experience in this area.
The nature of a specialist’s work demands careful attention to every detail. At South Coast Smiles we work to a philosophy of ‘do it once, do it right’, knowing this gives patients the confidence they need about treatment.
A recommended treatment doesn’t need to be the final word. Seeking a second opinion from a specialist can help verify a prescribed treatment, or in some cases, offer an alternative that may not have been considered. With knowledge and experience that provides insights, a specialist is well qualified to provide second opinions that can make a difference to treatment outcomes.
The best dental specialist care is delivered in conjunction with your general dentist. South Coast Smiles works collaboratively with all referring dentists to provide the very best in care to our patients.
Importantly, a specialist orthodontist or prosthodontist isn’t learning from mistakes as they work. They have already read and studied the successes and failures of thousands of techniques from around the world, so your treatment is designed to fit better, look more natural, and result in optimal function so you bite, chew, and speak more efficiently and easily. Results are more predictable and therefore can last longer too.
At South Coast Smiles, we operate with multiple dental specialists under one roof. This makes it much easier to access the specialist care you need. We currently have a prosthodontist, orthodontist, and endodontist in our practice, and will be progressively expanding our specialty services to meet growing demand.
While dentists and dental specialists work closely together, many people aren’t aware that no referral is needed to see a specialist. That’s right, you can book in directly to see a dental specialist, without a referral from your general dentist or general practitioner.
Ready to access the very best in care? We’d love to see you.