Please check the links to the left for more detailed information on our services. As an overview, the services available at WVU Dental Care include:
- Preventive Services & Dental Hygiene, including cleaning, fluoride treatments, sealants, space maintainers (see General Dentistry, below)
- Diagnostic Services – Examinations, x-rays, imaging, temporomandibular joint problems, special tests
- Restorative Services – Fillings, bonding, cosmetic dentistry
- Root canal therapy, bleaching, surgery (see Endodontics, below)
- Extractions, impactions, biopsies, corrective jaw surgery, sedations and general anesthesia (see Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, below)
- Tooth and jaw alignment for children and adults ( see Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics, below)
- Treatment of gum and bone diseases (see Periodontics, below)
- Crowns, bridges, dentures, partials, implants (see Prosthodontics, below)
- Maxillofacial Prosthetics – Cleft lip & palate, reconstructive surgery, and prostheses
General dentists prevent, evaluate, diagnose, and treat diseases of the oral cavity, as well as maintain the function and appearance of the teeth. A general dentist may refer patients to a dental specialist or physician for further evaluation and treatment.
Endodontists are specialists in who perform root canal therapy; retreat failed root canal therapy and related infections; diagnose and treat oral and facial pain; save natural teeth and treat injured teeth after trauma; and perform apical surgeries.
Oral and maxillofacial pathology
Oral pathologists are trained to provide optimal care through accurate diagnosis or management of diseases and abnormalities of the oral and maxillofacial region. They provide state of the art, comprehensive consultation and tissue diagnostic and reporting services to hospitals, clinicians, private practitioners and specialists in dentistry and medicine throughout West Virginia.
Oral and maxillofacial surgery
Oral surgeons are trained to treat trauma, congenital and acquired oral and facial defects and disorders, oral and facial infections, cancers of the head and neck region, place dental implants, as well as to perform extractions of teeth including wisdom teeth placement of dental implants.
Oral medicine patient care includes the management of patients with diseases of the oral soft tissues, oral cancer care, and oral cancer therapy complications, facial pains and Temporomandibular Disorders, atypical conditions such as sensory and motor dysfunctions of the jaws, salivary disorders, behavioral medicine as relates to oral symptoms and conditions, and orofacial diagnostic imaging.
Orthodontists treat the growth and development and alignment of teeth and jaws in children and adults. Most common orthodontic services include early interceptive treatment, comprehensive treatment, conventional braces, as well as retainers and Invisalign clear braces and range from rapid palate expander (RPE) to dental braces and retainers.
Periodontists treat problems related to chronic long term loss of teeth due to gum disease. In addition, other complex bone and soft tissue augmentation procedures related to periodontal and dental implant procedures will be undertaken. Multi-faceted inter-disciplinary treatment modalities related to dental implant dentistry are incorporated through a comprehensive dental care plan with other dental specialists.
Prosthodontists specialize in replacing missing teeth and esthetic restorations through complete oral rehabilitation. Extensive training and experience provide prosthodontists with a special understanding of the dynamics of a smile, the preservation of a healthy mouth and the creation of tooth replacements. Serving as the architect of a dental treatment plan, a prosthodontist collaborates with general dentists, other dental specialists and health professionals to develop solutions to dental and oral health concerns.