What is Pediatric Dentistry?
Our experienced pediatric specialists team is carefully trained in working with infants, children, and adolescents, teaching them about the development of good dental habits that will carry them into their adult years. While initiating a trusting and confident relationship with your child, we can aim our efforts at preventing tooth decay, advising patients on how to make teeth stronger, and emphasizing the importance of developing ways to prevent cavities in the future.
Why Have a Pediatric Dentist?
With extensive knowledge of dental problems specific to children and adolescents, pediatric dentists are more than fit to care for your children and assure that you’re receiving the best information from a specialist in the field. Pediatric 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, these dentists know that showing respect, compassion, and a gentle touch will always get the best results from our young patients. Pediatric dentists are also trained in Child Physiology, providing them with the ability to approach the needs of children from a different perspective than a general 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, helping to improve your child’s smile.
Pediatric Dental Treatments
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
Five 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
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, a child’s first tooth 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 child prior to use.
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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