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Welcome to the Exciting World of Make a Smile!

Our mission is to provide you with extraordinary dental care for your growing little one. We believe in continual education and prevention of dental disease as your child grows from infancy to adulthood, centered in a fun and interactive environment designed just for kids. Our wonderful staff at Make a Smile Children's Dental love seeing infants, children, and young adults.

Your child will love the fun waiting room, designed with kids in mind! We care enough to know what kids like; movies in the treatment rooms, video games and lots of games and toys. The dentists and fun loving staff will work one on one with you and your child to fully explain diagnoses that will make you feel confident in your child’s treatment options. Our philosophy of inviting parents into the treatment room is a continual source of comfort for both children and parents.

We welcome all cases, patients of a young age, children who require an extra-gentle hand with behavioral management, or children with special needs. In addition to state-of-the-art technology, entertainment, and special distraction techniques, we offer a variety of sedation services; including in-office nitrous oxide, oral sedation, IV sedation and hospital dentistry.

Your Child's First Visit

You might be more anxious than your child on his or her first visit, so relax! Our state-of-the-art Make a Smile office is much different than when you were a kid. You’ll be amazed at how comfortable your child will feel here, and how eager they will be to return.

Their first dental visit is an important step in forming a positive experience, as well as helpful in creating a life-long preventative plan for your child. The first in-office visit should be scheduled when their first tooth erupts, or before their first birthday, whichever comes first. At your first visit you can expect:

  • A thorough review of your child’s medical and dental history
  • Helpful tips on keeping your child’s teeth clean after nursing or bottle-feeding
  • Instruction on proper brushing techniques
  • A comprehensive, non-invasive exam to check soft tissue and tooth eruption
  • A visit to the toy chest!
If your child is comfortable receiving treatment alone, you are welcome to enjoy movies, toys and video games with your other children in our reception area. We are also happy to have you join your child during treatment, at any time. Since space is limited, however, we ask that you not bring other children to that appointment.

Following their first dental visit, your child should continue seeing us every six months for evaluation and professional dental cleanings.

Children with Special Health Care Needs

Our office strives to provide the best dental care for all children. Patients with significant medical, physical or mental disabilities often tend to present unique challenges to dentists. Our staff is specifically trained to treat special needs patients in our practice; providing and forming lasting friendships with them and their caregivers. By providing the gentleness and attention needed, our special needs patients are assured a positive dental visit.

In teaching our special needs patients and their caregivers preventative oral health techniques, our special needs patients significantly reduce the risk of preventable dental problems.
What is Pediatric Dentistry?

Our experienced team of pediatric specialists are specially trained in working with infants, children and adolescents, teaching them how to develop good dental habits that will carry them into adulthood. In establishing trust and confidence with your child, we can focus our efforts on preventing tooth decay, giving advice on how to make teeth stronger and the importance of developing ways to prevent cavities in the future.

Why Have a Pediatric Dentist?

Pediatric dentists have extensive knowledge of dental problems specific to children and adolescents. Being up to date on the most recent advances in dental procedures for kids is our goal, so you can be assured that you’re receiving the best information from a specialist in the field. Just as important as the technical training, pediatric specialists know that children have to be treated a little differently than adults. Dentists who work strictly with children know that showing respect, compassion and a gentle touch will always get the best results from our young patients. Pediatric dentists are trained in Child Physiology, so that they are able to approach the child’s needs from a different perspective. As children grow into adolescents, the focus turns more towards self image. Early detection of dental problems can resolve a lot of problems that can progress as your child gets older and improve your child’s smile.

Pediatric Dental Treatments

 

Sealants


Aside from having good oral hygiene, sealants are placed on chewing surfaces of the back teeth to prevent tooth decay. A sealant is a thin coating material that flows into the grooves of the chewing surface on a molar. Sealants make it very easy to keep molars clean and to avoid food from getting stuck in the grooves causing cavities.

Dental Radiographs or X-Rays

Our office is equipped with digital radiography, with the images almost instantly appearing on our computer screen!

Diagnodent


Not all cavities are easy to reach. Fortunately, we use Diagnodent, a light that is used to detect bacteria and gauge the density of the tooth. This non-invasive technology offers early detection of cavities.

Dental Filling


In order to treat a cavity, filling or restorative material is chosen based on the tooth which needs to be restored. Tooth decay eats holes in the substance of the tooth, called “dentin,” creating that most familiar of dental bothers: the cavity. At Make a Smile, we do not fill cavities with amalgam or silver fillings; we proudly use only composite, white fillings. Fillings are an easy way to prevent further decay and future problems.

Flouride

Fluoride helps re-mineralize weak enamel, which is important for healthy teeth. Our office or your pediatrician can prescribe fluoride supplements in tablet or drop form as needed. Topical fluoride is externally applied directly to the teeth and is found in mouthwash and toothpaste.

Pulpotomy/Stainless Steel Crown


If a cavity goes untreated and is not filled, decay passes through the dentin and enters the pulp, the soft, innermost part of a tooth containing nerves and blood vessels. For this we perform a pulpotomy. The decay and pulp tissue are removed, the pulp chamber is filled with a special material and a stainless steel crown is cemented over the entire tooth to prevent breakage.

Root Canal


When a cavity at the pulp level is left untreated, the decay spreads into the root canals where nerves and blood vessels connect to the tooth. At this point the only procedure that can save the tooth is a root canal. The decay and tissue of the root canals are removed and, as in a pulpotomy, replaced with a special material.

Extraction and Space Maintainer


If the decay passes through the roots, it forms an infection at the base of the tooth, at this point the tooth must be “extracted,” or removed. When a back tooth is removed, the remaining teeth push closer together, leaving little room for the new permanent tooth. To prevent the new tooth from growing in crooked, a space maintainer is used. This is placed in the space left by the extracted tooth, almost like a place holder, saving room for the new permanent tooth to grow in properly.

What Parents Should Know

Four Steps to a Healthy Smile

  • Brush twice a day
  • Floss once a day
  • Eat healthy
  • Get a check-up every 6 months or as needed

Baby Teeth Cleaning

Although baby teeth are eventually replaced by permanent teeth, it’s important to remember that healthy baby teeth are important in the development and growth of a child’s permanent teeth. A child’s first tooth can erupt before the age of 6 months, and that one tooth is a very important first step towards a healthy child’s mouth. Cleaning your baby’s gums and newly erupted teeth with a soft washcloth is highly recommended after each meal or bottle. Teeth should be cleaned after meals and after medicine use. Toothbrushes should be replaced every three months. Please check with your dentist about when and what toothpastes are appropriate for your child before using.

Dental Emergencies

For evalua tion of a broken tooth or a knocked out tooth, please contact our office as soon as possible. If you think your jaw is broken, get to an emergency room as soon as possible.

Children’s Dental

Welcome to the Exciting World of Make a Smile!

Our mission is to provide you with extraordinary dental care for your growing little one. We believe in continual education and prevention of dental disease as your child grows from infancy to adulthood, centered in a fun and interactive environment designed just for kids. Our wonderful staff at Make a Smile Children's Dental love seeing infants, children, and young adults.

Your child will love the fun waiting room, designed with kids in mind! We care enough to know what kids like; movies in the treatment rooms, video games and lots of games and toys. The dentists and fun loving staff will work one on one with you and your child to fully explain diagnoses that will make you feel confident in your child’s treatment options. Our philosophy of inviting parents into the treatment room is a continual source of comfort for both children and parents.

We welcome all cases, patients of a young age, children who require an extra-gentle hand with behavioral management, or children with special needs. In addition to state-of-the-art technology, entertainment, and special distraction techniques, we offer a variety of sedation services; including in-office nitrous oxide, oral sedation, IV sedation and hospital dentistry.

Your Child's First Visit

You might be more anxious than your child on his or her first visit, so relax! Our state-of-the-art Make a Smile office is much different than when you were a kid. You’ll be amazed at how comfortable your child will feel here, and how eager they will be to return.

Their first dental visit is an important step in forming a positive experience, as well as helpful in creating a life-long preventative plan for your child. The first in-office visit should be scheduled when their first tooth erupts, or before their first birthday, whichever comes first. At your first visit you can expect:

  • A thorough review of your child’s medical and dental history
  • Helpful tips on keeping your child’s teeth clean after nursing or bottle-feeding
  • Instruction on proper brushing techniques
  • A comprehensive, non-invasive exam to check soft tissue and tooth eruption
  • A visit to the toy chest!
If your child is comfortable receiving treatment alone, you are welcome to enjoy movies, toys and video games with your other children in our reception area. We are also happy to have you join your child during treatment, at any time. Since space is limited, however, we ask that you not bring other children to that appointment.

Following their first dental visit, your child should continue seeing us every six months for evaluation and professional dental cleanings.

Children with Special Health Care Needs

Our office strives to provide the best dental care for all children. Patients with significant medical, physical or mental disabilities often tend to present unique challenges to dentists. Our staff is specifically trained to treat special needs patients in our practice; providing and forming lasting friendships with them and their caregivers. By providing the gentleness and attention needed, our special needs patients are assured a positive dental visit.

In teaching our special needs patients and their caregivers preventative oral health techniques, our special needs patients significantly reduce the risk of preventable dental problems.
What is Pediatric Dentistry?

Our experienced team of pediatric specialists are specially trained in working with infants, children and adolescents, teaching them how to develop good dental habits that will carry them into adulthood. In establishing trust and confidence with your child, we can focus our efforts on preventing tooth decay, giving advice on how to make teeth stronger and the importance of developing ways to prevent cavities in the future.

Why Have a Pediatric Dentist?

Pediatric dentists have extensive knowledge of dental problems specific to children and adolescents. Being up to date on the most recent advances in dental procedures for kids is our goal, so you can be assured that you’re receiving the best information from a specialist in the field. Just as important as the technical training, pediatric specialists know that children have to be treated a little differently than adults. Dentists who work strictly with children know that showing respect, compassion and a gentle touch will always get the best results from our young patients. Pediatric dentists are trained in Child Physiology, so that they are able to approach the child’s needs from a different perspective. As children grow into adolescents, the focus turns more towards self image. Early detection of dental problems can resolve a lot of problems that can progress as your child gets older and improve your child’s smile.

Pediatric Dental Treatments

 

Sealants


Aside from having good oral hygiene, sealants are placed on chewing surfaces of the back teeth to prevent tooth decay. A sealant is a thin coating material that flows into the grooves of the chewing surface on a molar. Sealants make it very easy to keep molars clean and to avoid food from getting stuck in the grooves causing cavities.

Dental Radiographs or X-Rays

Our office is equipped with digital radiography, with the images almost instantly appearing on our computer screen!

Diagnodent


Not all cavities are easy to reach. Fortunately, we use Diagnodent, a light that is used to detect bacteria and gauge the density of the tooth. This non-invasive technology offers early detection of cavities.

Dental Filling


In order to treat a cavity, filling or restorative material is chosen based on the tooth which needs to be restored. Tooth decay eats holes in the substance of the tooth, called “dentin,” creating that most familiar of dental bothers: the cavity. At Make a Smile, we do not fill cavities with amalgam or silver fillings; we proudly use only composite, white fillings. Fillings are an easy way to prevent further decay and future problems.

Flouride

Fluoride helps re-mineralize weak enamel, which is important for healthy teeth. Our office or your pediatrician can prescribe fluoride supplements in tablet or drop form as needed. Topical fluoride is externally applied directly to the teeth and is found in mouthwash and toothpaste.

Pulpotomy/Stainless Steel Crown


If a cavity goes untreated and is not filled, decay passes through the dentin and enters the pulp, the soft, innermost part of a tooth containing nerves and blood vessels. For this we perform a pulpotomy. The decay and pulp tissue are removed, the pulp chamber is filled with a special material and a stainless steel crown is cemented over the entire tooth to prevent breakage.

Root Canal


When a cavity at the pulp level is left untreated, the decay spreads into the root canals where nerves and blood vessels connect to the tooth. At this point the only procedure that can save the tooth is a root canal. The decay and tissue of the root canals are removed and, as in a pulpotomy, replaced with a special material.

Extraction and Space Maintainer


If the decay passes through the roots, it forms an infection at the base of the tooth, at this point the tooth must be “extracted,” or removed. When a back tooth is removed, the remaining teeth push closer together, leaving little room for the new permanent tooth. To prevent the new tooth from growing in crooked, a space maintainer is used. This is placed in the space left by the extracted tooth, almost like a place holder, saving room for the new permanent tooth to grow in properly.

What Parents Should Know

Four Steps to a Healthy Smile

  • Brush twice a day
  • Floss once a day
  • Eat healthy
  • Get a check-up every 6 months or as needed

Baby Teeth Cleaning

Although baby teeth are eventually replaced by permanent teeth, it’s important to remember that healthy baby teeth are crucial in the development and growth of a child’s permanent teeth. A child’s first tooth can erupt before the age of 6 months, and that one tooth is a very important first step towards a healthy child’s mouth. Cleaning your baby’s gums and newly erupted teeth with a soft washcloth is highly recommended after each meal or bottle. Teeth should be cleaned after meals and after medicine use. Toothbrushes should be replaced every three months. Please check with your dentist about when and what toothpastes are appropriate for your child prior to use.

Dental Emergencies

For an evaluation of a broken tooth or a knocked out tooth, please contact our office as soon as possible. If you think your jaw is broken, get to an emergency room as soon as possible.

Combining a unique kid-friendly atmosphere with the rare qualifications of true pediatric-trained professionals. Come experience a level of care that makes a difference!

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We are dedicated to the correction of youth and adolescent dental irregularities through the use of our personalized, friendly service and state of the art orthodontic facility and treatment plans.

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Make a Smile Dental offers Pediatric Dentistry, Orthodontics, Endodontics and Oral Surgery Services. We have offices in: Elk Grove, Sacramento, Arden Arcade, Auburn, Rocklin, El Dorado Hills, Folsom and Lincoln. In addition, Make a Smile proudly serves children, teens and infants in the following Northern California cities: North Highlands, Foothill Farms, Fair Oaks, Citrus Heights, Elverta, Rio Linda, Roseville, Rocklin, Lincoln, Loomis, Folsom, Carmichael, Antelope, Gold River, Rancho Cordova, Orangevale, Auburn, Arden Arcade, Elk Grove, Sacramento, Galt, El Dorado Hills, Placerville and Cameron Park.