Pediatric Dental Services
Cleaning and fluoride
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.
X-ray use and safety
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 x-rays.
Sealants for kids
The chewing surfaces of children’s teeth are the most susceptible to cavities and least benefited by topical fluoride. Sealants are applied to the tops or chewing surfaces of back teeth and are highly effective in preventing tooth decay. Click here to read more about sealants for kids.
Early orthodontic care
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.
When your child needs urgent dental treatment, your pediatric dentist stands ready to help. Please keep our office number available and convenient.
Tooth colored 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.
Stainless steel crowns
Stainless steel crowns are used to restore back teeth that are too badly decayed to hold white fillings.
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.
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.
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.