• February 17, 2020
seven types of dentists

For medical care, you probably have a general practitioner you see for regular check-ups or when you’re not feeling well. Have allergies? He or she will recommend an allergist. Worried about a skin condition? You’ll probably be referred to a dermatologist. The same is true for oral care, as there is more than one type of dentist. Your general dentist, who you visit twice a year for check-ups and cleanings, will also recommend you seek dental care from a dentist that has specialized training to treat specific oral conditions.

But most people don’t know much about other types of dentists. Here are the six types of dentists you should know about.

General Dentist (DDS & DMD)

Generally when you visit the dentist, you are being taken care of by a general dentist who is either a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) or a Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry (DMD). At Shorewood Family Dental Care – Dr. Robert Funk, Dr. Henry Vicioso and Dr. Gina Bruck are all Doctors of Dental Surgery.

As general dentists, we take on the responsibility as your primary dental provider, treating your general oral health care needs. This includes diagnosing and treating dental issues such as bridges, cavities, crowns, gum disease and root canals. In addition we also provide preventative care (bi-annual oral exams and cleanings), hopefully allowing you to avoid the need see any dental specialists.

If you are looking for a general dentist near Joliet or recommendations for specialized dental treatment, be sure to call Shorewood Family Dental Care at 815-725-5991 or book an appointment online.


General dentists routinely treat gum disease problems and work diligently to prevent gum disease. When progressive gum disease is a problem, you may be referred to a periodontist. This type of dentist is trained to help patients treat advanced periodontal (gum) disease.


When tooth nerves need special care, endodontists are qualified to perform root canals. They are trained to treat sick, inflamed or infected nerves that can be the cause of significant pain.

Oral Pathologists and Oral Surgeons

These specialists treat oral diseases of the teeth and jaw and may work in partnership with ear, nose, and throat specialists (ENTs).


Prothodontists are dentists with special training to offer all types of dental implants and provide cosmetic dentistry services. If you are looking to get dental implants in Shorewood, IL or the surrounding area, be sure to give us a call at 815-725-5991!


When an adult or young patient has misaligned teeth, an orthodontist will use solutions such as braces, retainers or Invisalign to correct the issues over a period of time.


While general dentists are fully qualified to provide kids’ dental care, pediatric dentists have pursued additional training focused on best practices for working with children. They may also have specialized skills to work with young patients who have special needs.