Pediatric patients not only have different dentition, or teeth, than adults, but they also have specific behavioral and dental needs unique to children. A pediatric dental specialist has trained an additional two years after becoming a general dentist, to be able to address children's dental and behavioral issues. Specialty training encompasses disciplines including behavioral management, care of individuals with special health care needs, orthodontic interception, preventative measures, restorative dentistry, and sedation/hospital dentistry.
The American Board of Pediatric Dentistry certifies pediatric dentists exhibiting a high standard of excellence. To become a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, one must demonstrate a high level of specialized knowledge and skills through successful completion of voluntary examinations.