Smile — we’ve got this!
If you’re looking for a pediatric dentist who will take great care of your child’s smile, then look no further. We proudly offer these services for toddlers, teens and anyone in between!
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends cleanings for children for many important reasons:
- To demonstrate proper oral hygiene techniques to both parent and child
- To remove plaque, stain and calculus from children’s teeth
- To get the child used to frequent cleanings and to make him/her less scared of the dentist
Usually, we recommend your child return for visits every six months. However, the frequency may vary depending on your child’s individual health needs (e.g. their risk for cavities or periodontal disease).
The fluoride we use is a compound that contains fluorine, a natural element. Small amounts of fluoride have been shown to prevents tooth decay. Research also shows that community water fluoridation has lowered dental decay by more than 50%.
How does fluoride prevent decay?
Fluoride inhibits demineralization and encourages remineralization of an area in the tooth that has decay present. Topical fluoride is a varnish that is painted on the teeth.
Radiographs, more commonly called X-rays, are valuable tools in the oral health care of infants, kids and individuals with special health care needs.
Pediatric dentists cannot visualize what is happening in the interproximal — in between surfaces — of your child’s teeth. X-rays can help us detect interproximal lesions or cavities.
X-rays are also helpful in monitoring growth and development.
Safeguards used to protect child from radiation:
- Lead apron with a thyroid collar
- High-speed film
- Digital X-rays
Also known as composites, tooth-colored fillings were introduced to the field of dentistry 50 years ago. They consist of a resin matrix and chemically bonded fillers.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends composite restorations for small cavities that are located on the tooth surface.
Stainless steel crowns are prefabricated metal forms that are adapted to a child’s tooth and cemented with a biocompatible cement. We recommend these pediatric crowns for the following cases:
- Large, extensive decay
- Developmental tooth defects (e.g. hypoplasia/hypcalcification)
- When an existing composite restoration has failed
- Fractured tooth
- Patients whose treatment is performed under general anesthesia
A pulpotomy is performed in a baby tooth with a very large portion of diseased pulp. The coronal or top portion of the pulp is removed and the remaining vital pulp tissue is treated with a medicament.
Indirect pulp treatment is performed in a tooth with a deep carious lesion in the pulp but without signs or symptoms of pulp degeneration. The procedure involves leaving caries in the the tooth to avoid pulp exposure
Liner or a type of medicine is placed over the carious dentin to stimulate healing and repair, and the tooth is restored with a material that seals the tooth from microleakage.
The FDA has approved silver diamine fluoride (SDF) as a means for reducing tooth sensitivity and off-label use for arresting cavities. We use 38% SDF and 5% fluoride in a colorless liquid with a pH of 10. Fluoride ions act mainly on the tooth structure while silver ions are antimicrobial.
Side effects may include discoloration of cavitated surfaces and/or black staining of lesions.
Sealants are a protective coating that is flowed into the grooves and pits of the chewing surfaces of teeth. Application is quick and comfortable: the tooth is cleaned, dried, and conditioned, and the sealant material is flowed into the grooves of the teeth.
Usually applied to permanent molars, sealants help keep teeth cavity-free and can last for many years if properly cared for.
If a baby tooth is lost too early, the tooth besides it may drift into the empty space, impeding the permanent successor from coming in. The role of the space “maintainer” is to hold open the empty space left by a lost baby tooth that came out too early due to decay.
Nitrous oxide is a safe and effective sedative agent used to calm a child if he/she is scared of the dentist. The gas produces a feeling of euphoria and is sometimes called laughing gas. Here are a few facts about using nitrous oxide:
- Raises the pain threshold
- Arms and legs may feel tingly
- Very safe, no adverse effects
- Rapid onset, reversible, able to adjust in various concentrations
- Child remains conscious
Special instructions for nitrous oxide:
Give your child little or no food in the two hours preceding the appointment because this gas may cause nausea or vomiting if the child has a full stomach.
Let the pediatric dentist know if the child has a runny nose and will not be able to breathe through the “mask.”
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