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Pediatric Dentistry

Pediatric dentistry is the act of caring for your child’s oral care from infancy to the final days of their teenage years. We understand the various stages of growth your child’s mouth goes through, and are equipped with the knowledge and techniques needed to address minor to critical issues. We ensure your child’s dental needs will be met, and any anxiety will be alleviated. Our dedicated staff will sooth your child’s worries, if needed, and will exceed your expectations of care for your child.

Fillings

Your child’s primary teeth, also known as the baby teeth, begin to emerge anywhere from 5-7 months of age. Although they begin falling out as early as age 5, they last up until your child is anywhere from 11-13 years old. Some parents believe that it is ok if something happens to these teeth, because they are not permanent. This is false. It is critical that these teeth are kept healthy and strong. These “space savers” can cause unwanted dental issues with your child’s permanent teeth before they even erupt. White or silver fillings can be used to treat cavities or fractures in milk teeth.

Cleaning

It is vital that you keep your child’s teeth and gums as healthy as possible. Having them professionally cleaned, as well as keeping in tune with a proper home care routine including brushing and flossing, will ensure your child is receiving the best oral care possible. Prophy is a gentle way of removing plaque and stains. Topical fluoride or fluoride varnish is applied to the teeth after cleaning. You and your child will also receive oral hygiene instructions and dietary counselling at the time of your appointment.

Sealants

Sealing your child’s teeth can drastically reduce the risk of cavities. Sealants are a flowing fluoride-based filling material. This material then bonds with your child’s teeth, filling any grooves.
However, sealant can only be done on healthy teeth. Once cavities have begun to form, sealants are no longer an option.







Stainless Steel Crowns

If your child has suffered trauma or an untreated cavity that has resulted in the loss of a large area of a tooth, crowns may be the best option. Stainless steel crowns can restore the integrity and function of a tooth, and is advised for areas of the mouth which are not considered aesthetic zones. Traditional crowns are recommended for areas of aesthetic need.

Pulpotomy

Your child’s teeth have three primary layers. A cavity may spread to the third layer, which is the innermost layer containing the nerve and blood supply to the tooth. These situations usually result in the need to remove the infected area and application of medication in order to ensure continued functionality of the tooth. A pulpotomy is a procedure that partially removes these tissues and replaces them with a layer of medication and covers them with a filling or stainless steel crown – whichever is best suited.

Pulpectomy

A pulpectomy is very similar to a pulpotomy. However, where a pulpotomy is a partial procedure, a pulpectomy is complete. All of the soft tissues are removed and medication is placed throughout the entirety of the root system. At this point, a stainless steel crown or filling is used to cover the area.

DENTAL EMERGENCY


If you experience a dental emergency situation, make sure to contact our us as quickly as possible. If you are unable to reach our office during an emergency, dial 911.
While dental emergencies are uncommon, they can take place, and it’s crucial to know how to take care of your teeth no matter what. Typical dental emergency situations consist of:

Broken or cracked tooth/teeth • Broken jaw • Tooth/teeth knocked out • Object captured in between teeth • Extreme toothache

Habit Controlling Appliances

Habit controlling devices help to protect your child’s teeth and gums in situations where certain habits can be detrimental. Finger/thumb sucking, tongue thrusting, and even nail biting can lead to altered positioning of the jaw during early development. This can ultimately modify the natural growth of the jaw bone itself, leading to malpositioning of the teeth. We offer certain appliances that are made specifically to target and curb these habits. A tongue crib, for example, can be cemented to the teeth, preventing your child from continually sucking their thumb. This eventually breaks the habit. After a few short months, these appliances can be removed.

Space Maintainer

There are situations where the primary, or milk, teeth cannot be saved due to extensive damage from cavities or trauma. However, it is very important that the space left behind is preserved, and the prevention of “drifting” teeth must become a priority. This must be done until the permanent teeth have come in. Drifting teeth can crowd the empty space, blocking the emergence of permanent teeth. We offer space maintainers which are cemented on the adjacent teeth to aid in the prevention of drifting. These space maintainers can be removed once the permanent teeth begin to emerge.

Orthodontics

In certain situations, your child may need orthodontics. There are many factors that could result in the need for orthodontics other than merely straightening the teeth. A very modern approach to orthodontics in children and teens is to cultivate the natural growth of your child’s jaw bones, aiding in the establishment of the ideal arrangement of teeth. This will also help your child to achieve a maximum state of oral, and overall, health. Intervening early enough can often times avoid surgery later in life. This transcends the focus of straightening teeth, resulting in the optimal growth and structure of the face and jaw.

 




Invisalign® is the sоlution fоr you if you always wanted a beautiful smile but the look of metal braces and wires kept you from achieving it. Invisalign® are clear, almost invisible and removable aligners that correct issues like crowding and spacing. They work faster than braces they are more affordable, as well as far more comfortable and convenient. Invisalign® can also be done in patients already treated with braces that have new concerns. Since Invisalign® are removable it is easy to keep the teeth clean and gums healthy. In patients with high risk of gum disease or cavities, Invisalign is the best option!