Dental Specialties


What is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon (OMS)?

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are dentists specializing in surgery of the mouth, face and jaws. After four years of dental school, surgeons receive four to seven years of hospital-based surgical and medical training, preparing them to do a wide range of procedures including all types of surgery of both the bones and soft tissues of the face, mouth and neck.

“Dr. Patel has a thorough understanding concerning the restoration of dental implants. I have had the pleasure of surgically placing implants for Dr. Patel’s patients for over 8 years. Dr. Patel provides comprehensive treatment planning in order to ensure her patients receive the optimal treatment results. Dr. Patel and I work together as a team to provide the best, custom treatment for each implant patient in order to meet their specific needs. Dr. Patel stays up to date with the latest advances and techniques in implant dentistry. She is an excellent clinician!”
Dr. Paul Smith, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, Pottstown Oral Surgery.
including all types of surgery of both the bones and soft tissues of the face, mouth and neck

What is an Orthodontist?

An orthodontist prevents and treats mouth, teeth, and jaw problems. Using braces, retainers, and other devices, an orthodontist helps straighten a person’s teeth and correct the way the jaws line up.
Orthodontists treat kids for many problems, including having crowded or overlapping teeth or having problems with jaw growth and tooth development. These tooth and jaw problems may be caused by tooth decay, losing baby teeth too soon, accidents, or habits like thumb sucking. These problems can also be genetic or inherited.

So why would you go to the orthodontist?

Your dentist or one of your parents might recommend it because they see a problem with your teeth or jaws. Or a kid who doesn’t like the way his or her teeth look might ask to see an orthodontist.

“Dr. Jyoti Patel’s arrival to the Pottstown community began with the goal of providing high quality dental care with an attention to detail. Dr. Patel has established her practice with state of the art technology within a comfortable environment. Dr Patel provides dental care with an extremely high level of expertise and forethought. Her attention to detail and organization enables her to promote superior interaction amongst specialist which fosters a logical and efficient continuity of care. Dr Patel’s ability to communicate the importance of oral health and existing pathology effectively enables her to discuss the treatment options available her patients. Lastly, Dr Patel’s greatest success lies in her ability to empathize with the patient’s anxiety toward dental care and provides them with pain free treatment.”

Dr. Leonardo Galletto, Orthodontist, Pottstown.

What is an Endodontist?

The Endodontist examines, diagnoses and treats diseases and destructive processes, including injuries and abnormalities of dental pulps and periapical tissues of the teeth.

“For several years now it has been a pleasure for me to work with Dr. Patel and her staff to provide the best comprehensive dental care. Not only is Dr. Patel an excellent clinical dentist, she is as well a very special person. Her kindness and concern for her patients is remarkable. Dr. Patel considers her patients to be family. Every one of Dr. Patel’s patients I see, consistently express their feelings of comfort and confidence in her dentistry. I feel very privileged to be part of Dr. Patel’s team of specialists she has chosen to care for her family of patients.”

Dr. Carolyn Phillips, Endodontist, Collegeville

Endodontists examine patients and interpret radiographs and pulp tests to determine pulp vitality and periapical tissue condition. They evaluate their findings and prescribe a method of treatment to prevent loss of teeth.

What is a Periodontist?

Periodontists are dentists who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of periodontal (gum) disease. They have had extensive training with two additional years of study after dental school. As specialists they devote their time, energy and skill to helping patients care for their gums. A periodontist is one of the eight dental specialists recognized by the American Dental Association.

Why is your dentist referring you to a Periodontist?

Your dentist has determined that your gums require special attention. The periodontist and dentist work together as a team to provide you with the highest level of care. They will combine their experience to recommend the best treatment available to you while keeping each other informed on your progress. By referring you to the specialist, your dentist is showing a strong commitment to your dental health.

What is a Prosthodontist?

The prosthodontist examines and diagnoses disabilities caused by loss of teeth and supporting structures. They formulate and execute treatment plans for the construction of corrective prostheses to restore proper function and esthetics of the mouth, face, and jaw.