Dental Specialists in Mexico (and Elsewhere) Part 1 - Endodontist, Oral Surgeon, Periodontist, Prosthodontist

Please Note:

A. Specialist definitions are provided for interest only.

As mentioned on "Qualified Dentists - Find a Good Dentist"; in order to improve convenience for the patient, dentists in Mexico work with a team approach, out of one location, when serving an individual patient. This is particularly true for those dentists serving the dental tourism market. The lead practitioner of all practices pre-screened by Holiday Dental are specialists. In order to meet your needs and depending on the procedure required, it is possible that an additional specialist will work with the lead practitioner.

B. The Spanish equivalent term is provided for interest only.

All dentists pre-screened by Holiday Dental are fluent English speakers. Patients accessing services through Holiday Dental do not need to concern themselves with language issues.

C. Procedures Offered by More Than One Type of Specialist

Because all dental specialist are qualified as dentists prior to obtaining a specialist license, many procedures can be delivered by different specialists. Examples are: fillings, implants, most cosmetic dental procedures, etc.

1. Endodontist (Spanish = Endodoncista):

A dental specialist focussing on diseases and treatment of the internal structure of the teeth; primarily the pulp, but also including tissues surrounding the tooth root (e.g. periodontal ligaments). Pulp is mainly comprised of nerve tissue and blood vessels. By far the most common procedure performed by an endodontist is root canal treatment. This involves removal of infected dental pulp,cleaning and sealing of the root canal, and finally restoration of the upper tooth, often by way of a dental crown.

The objective of root canal treatment is the preservation of the natural tooth, in order to avoid the need for a dental bridge or dental implant.

2. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon (Spanish = Cirujano Oral Y Maxilofacial)*

A dental specialist focussing on surgical treatment of diseases, defects and injuries of the oral and maxillofacial region (maxillo meaning upper jaw).*Note Cirujano dentista, is a synonym for dentista or odontólogo; for which the equivalent in North America would be DDS or dentist.

3. Periodontist (Spanish = Periodoncista)

A dental specialist focussing on diseases and treatment of the supporting structures of the teeth, including gums, periodontal ligaments and jaw bone.

4. Prosthodontist (Spanish = Protesista)

A dental specialist focussing on the replacement of missing teeth and oral structures with artificial devices (i.e. prosthesis). Examples include: dentures, crowns, bridges, veneers and replacement teeth supported by dental implants.

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