What is the difference between a dentist and pediatric dentist?
Overall, a pediatric dentist is a dentist that specializes in treating children’s teeth and oral care. A dentist can treat all ages and has patients of all ages, but does not have the particular training that a pediatric dentist does.
A pediatric dentist has specialized training which requires an additional program of study beyond dental school. This specialized program of study and patient care experience prepares the pediatric dentist to meet the unique needs of infants, children, adolescents and patients with special health care needs.
Children have special needs that make them different from adults. Treating teeth is only one facet of what dentists do, taking into consideration the individual is what sets them apart. Children may be more afraid of the experience and require a different approach to allow treatment. Pediatric dentists excel in making children as comfortable as possible in dental environments. This can be accomplished by providing an age appropriate setting, in how they communicate to children or use of sedative medications.
Our pediatric dentist, Dr. Rene Landa, received his specialty training in pediatrics at Boston University. There, he completed extensive training in oral and maxillofacial surgery, complex pediatric dental cases, and sedation dentistry. He enjoys interacting with his young patients and believes that a lifetime of great oral health starts with great care from a young age. As a pediatric dentist, he is dedicated to providing exceptional care and service to our young patients. Together with his staff he strives to deliver optimal oral care in a safe and nurturing environment.