|Cleaning and Fluoride||Esthetic Dentistry||Stainless Steel Crowns|
|Dental Cavities||Extractions||Tooth Colored Fillings|
|Disking||Pulp Treatment||X-Ray Use & Safety|
|Early Orthodonic Care||Sealants|
|Emergency Care||Space Maintainers|
Your child's teeth will be cleaned to remove bacterial plaque and calculus (hard tarter deposits) that can cause gum disease and tooth decay. Topical fluoride will be applied to the teeth to make them stronger and more resistant to tooth decay. A thorough cleaning and fluoride treatment every six months has been shown to be an extremely effective way to prevent dental disease.
Tooth decay (cavities or caries) is a progressive disease that often begins in very young children. Decay is a result of the interaction between bacteria that are normally on our teeth and sugars in the everyday diet. The bacteria use those sugars to produce acid. A tooth exposed to this acid will lose minerals, and that loss is the first step toward tooth decay. Your pediatric dentist can remove the decay and use modern materials such as tooth-colored fillings to restore the tooth to a healthy state. If tooth damage is very severe, there may be nerve damage and a stainless steel crown might be required.
Disking of primary laterals and canines is a way of gaining space for erupting permanent teeth. This helps the teeth to align more properly by slenderizing primary teeth.
It's never too early to keep an eye on your child's oral
development. Your pediatric dentist can identify malocclusion --
crowded or crooked teeth or bite problems -- and actively intervene
to guide the teeth as they emerge in the mouth. Orthodontic
treatment early can prevent more extensive treatment later.
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When your child needs urgent dental treatment, your
pediatric dentist stands ready to help. Please keep the emergency
number available and convenient.
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Children smile when they are proud of their teeth. At school and
at play, they feel more confident. Ask your pediatric dentist about
esthetic dentistry to restore or enhance your child's smile.
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Extractions are done only as a last resort. If a primary molar is removed prematurely, a space maintainer will be placed. Some extractions are needed for orthodontic reasons to help facilitate tooth alignment.
Pulp therapy is the treatment of infected nerves and blood vessels in teeth. Pulp therapy generally becomes necessary for two reasons: either as a result of extensive tooth decay (dental cavities) or as the result of tooth injury.
Failure to provide the necessary pulp therapy could result in your child experiencing pain, infection, swelling, or loss of the root. With the proper treatment, the tooth can be preserved for chewing food and maintaining proper space for permanent teeth, as well as helping your child to preserve a healthy, happy smile.
The chewing surfaces of children's teeth are the most susceptible to cavities and least benefited by topical flouride. Sealants are applied to the tops or chewing surfaces of back teeth and are highly effective in preventing tooth decay. In order to ensure optimal application of sealants to your child’s teeth we isolate the teeth from saliva by using a rubber dam. This often does require very small amounts of local anesthesia.
Space maintainers are used when a primary tooth has been prematurely lost to hold space for the permanent tooth. If space is not maintained, teeth on either side of the extraction site can drift into the space and prevent the permanent tooth from erupting.
Stainless steel crowns are used to restore back teeth that are too badly decayed to hold white fillings.
Tooth colored fillings are used to restore front or back teeth or where cosmetic appearance is important. Tooth colored fillings are used to repair fractured teeth and/or areas of decay. The shade of the restorative material is matched as closely as possible to the color of the natural teeth.
In general, children need X-rays more often than adults. Their
mouths grow and change rapidly. They are more susceptible to tooth
decay than adults. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
recommends X-ray examinations every six months for children with a
high risk of tooth decay. Children with a low risk of tooth decay
require X-rays less frequently. We use digital radiography
which uses approximately 1/4 the radiation of the traditional dental
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