What is Pediatric Dental?
Our experienced dental team is carefully trained in working with all children, including infants, children, and adolescents, teaching them about the development of good dental health habits that will carry them into their adult years. While initiating a trusting and confident relationship between the dentist and your child, we can aim our efforts at preventing decay, advising patients on how to make teeth stronger, and emphasizing the importance of developing ways to prevent cavities in the future. Dental and oral health is very important for every patient.
Why Have a Pediatric Dentist?
With extensive knowledge of dental problems specific to children and adolescents, Our pediatric dentistry team is more than fit to care for your child and assure that you’re receiving the best health information from a specialist in the field. Our pediatric dentist office and specialists are aware that they must treat children a little differently than adults, which is equally as important as the technical training. After years of working strictly with children, our dental team knows that showing respect, compassion, and a gentle touch will always get the best results from our young patients. Their comfort is our business! Our dental staff not only has had dentistry training, but we are also knowledgeable in Child Physiology, providing them with the ability to approach the needs of kids from a different perspective than a normal dentist. This is especially important in working with maturing children, whose focus turns more towards self-image as they age. A lot of problems that can progress as your child gets older can be resolved by our early detection techniques, and regular dental visits, helping to improve your child’s pearly whites.
Pediatric Dental Treatments
Aside from having good oral hygiene and health, sealants are placed on chewing surfaces of the back teeth to prevent blight and other problems that may affect the mouth. 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 or any other oral health problems.
Dental Radiographs or X-Rays
Our pediatric dentist office is equipped with digital radiography, with the images almost instantly appearing on our computer screen!
Not all cavities are easy to reach. Fortunately, our pediatric dentist will 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 and provides comfort to the mouth.
In order to treat a cavity, filling or restorative material is chosen based on the tooth which needs to be restored. Decay eats holes in the substance of the tooth, called “dentin,” creating that most familiar of dental bothers: the cavity. At Make a Smile dentistry, our dentist will not fill cavities with amalgam or silver fillings; we proudly use only composite, white fillings. Fillings are an easy way to prevent further corrosion and future oral problems in kids.
Fluoride helps re-mineralize weak enamel, which is important for healthy tooth care in kids. Our dentist 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 kids toothpaste.
Pulpotomy/Stainless Steel Crown
If a cavity goes untreated and is not filled, blight 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.
When a cavity at the pulp level is left untreated, the corrosion spreads into the root canals of the teeth where nerves and blood vessels connect to the tooth. At this point the only procedure that can save teeth is a root canal. The atrophy and tissue of the root canals are removed and, as in a pulpotomy, replaced with a special material.
Extraction and Space Maintainer
If the deterioration passes through the roots, it forms an infection at the base of the tooth, at this point it 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 one from growing in crooked, a space maintainer is used. This is placed in the area left by the extracted tooth, almost like a placeholder, saving room for the new permanent tooth to grow in properly.
What Parents and Children Should Know
Five steps to healthy dental hygiene and magic smiles for your child!
- Children should brush twice a day
- Floss once a day
- Eat healthy
- Get a check-up every 6 months or as needed
- Baby Teeth Cleaning
Healthy baby teeth, although eventually replaced, are a pivotal step in the development and growth of a child’s permanent teeth. An important first step towards a healthy child’s mouth, the first teeth may erupt as early as in a few months. It is crucial to clean your baby’s gums and newly erupted teeth after meals, bottles, and medicine use, using a soft washcloth. Please replace toothbrushes every three months and check with your dentist about when and what toothpastes are appropriate for your kids prior to use.
Our dental office location is focused on orthodontic, endodontic, oral surgery and overall dental care. The Make a Smile dental office is located at 3840 El Dorado Hills Blvd. in El Dorado Hills, CA. Business Hours are Monday-Friday 9am-6pm – We are proud to serve parents and kids in the surrounding Sacramento areas, providing the best pediatric dental and orthodontic care!
If you have any questions about insurance or patient services, feel free to contact us at our office or schedule a visit for you and your children. Contact us today and our specialists will be ready to help!
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We are dedicated to the correction of youth and adolescent dental irregularities through the use of personalized, friendly service and state of the art orthodontic facility