Good dental health begins early with understanding how to prevent cavities. Every 6 months we would like to see your child to review simple and effective ways to reduce the chance of getting cavities. We will clean your child’s teeth, take dental x-rays as appropriate, and give high strength fluoride treatments. After examining your child, our board certified pediatric dentists will discuss with you and your child topics such as:
- Cavities and cavity prevention
- Growth of the teeth and jaws (orthodontics)
- Sealants (protective coatings usually placed on permanent back teeth) that help prevent cavities
- Fluoride benefits and use
- Protective mouth guard use
- Thumb or finger sucking habits
- Wisdom teeth
- Other needs relating to your child
We like to make this a fun experience and enjoy involving your child as much as possible. We appreciate your questions and like parental interest in your child’s development!
When teeth have been affected by cavities, trauma, developmental defects, or other problems, we have many options for restorations. Some of these include:
- White Fillings (Composite Fillings): These are placed in teeth after the decayed portion of a tooth has been removed. These are amazing materials that match the natural color of a tooth and are virtually undetectable. White fillings are used when cavities are smaller in size, in both baby and permanent teeth.
- Nerve Treatments (Pulpotomy or Pulpectomy): When the cavity inside a tooth reaches the inside, or nerve of the tooth, it becomes necessary to clean out the inside of a tooth. This is a procedure to maintain the life of a tooth without having a nerve inside and is a successful procedure for teeth with larger and deep cavities.
- Crowns: When cavities progress to many sides of a single tooth, or the tooth has had a cavity that has entered the nerve, it loses strength and could lead to eventually tooth loss. A crown is a made of a strong material that covers the whole tooth. It gives the tooth strength and protection to function as a normal tooth.
- Space Maintainer: If a baby back tooth is prematurely lost, the space can close up as the neighboring teeth “fall” into that space. A space maintainer is a small metal wire that attaches around the tooth next to the space and extends over the space to prevent it from closing up. This allows the permanent tooth under the space enough room to come in at its normal eruption time.
- Bleaching: We offer tooth bleaching to improve the brightness of your child’s smile. This process involves making comfortable plastic trays than go over your upper and lower teeth, and using a safe bleaching agent to rest against the teeth in the trays. This process may need to be repeated in the future as the bleaching agent is slowly released from the teeth over time.
Many children are scared of the dentist, or have had negative dental experiences in the past. As board certified pediatric dentists with experience, we are confident in our ability treat your child’s dental needs safely, effectively, and comfortably. Our goal is to have your child return and be excited for future dental visits. Some of the anxiety-reducing aides we have are:
- Nitrous Oxide/Oxygen (Laughing Gas): This is an easy way to relieve minor dental anxiety. It is given though a flavored “nose” and is combined with oxygen. It gives your child the sensation that they are “floating” or “feeling fuzzy.” Laughing gas is used for routine dental treatment and helps most children tolerate it well.
- Oral Sedation (Cocktail Drink): This is a small amount of liquid medication that we give your child in the office after reviewing their current health condition. After a short waiting period, your child will feel “loopy,” but awake enough to talk to you and us during dental treatment. This option allows children to cope more easily with dental treatment when anxiety or past experiences have made going to the dentist difficult.
- Intravenous (IV) Sedation or General Anesthesia: Both of these options are better understood as “putting your child to sleep,” and include the services of competent anesthesia providers. These options are helpful for children who are very young or anxious, or for children who have special health needs.
Every child is unique. Each child deserves quality dental care that is tailored to his or her physical and emotional needs. We are comfortable with the different health needs your child may have, and feel confident in our ability to help them have beautiful smiles.