Pediatric dentists are dedicated to the oral health of children and specialize in diagnosing and treating youngsters from infancy through adolescence. Just like adults, children require regular dental checkups and cleanings. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) advises parents to schedule their child’s first dental appointment by the child’s first birthday.
Our SmileCare pediatric dentists have completed dental school and an additional two years of specialized training to address the specific dental needs of infants, children and teens. From cleanings and fillings to mouthguards and braces, we are ready to keep your child’s smile healthy and beautiful for many years to come.
Cleanings and Cavity Prevention: As soon as your child has two teeth touching, your child can get a cavity. Regular visits to our pediatric dentist will help clear away cavity-causing plaque. Plus, we’ll show you how to care for your child’s teeth at home.
Topical Fluoride Treatment: Often called “nature’s cavity fighter,” fluoride is a safe and effective way to maintain healthy teeth. Research shows that fluoride attracts calcium to the tooth enamel, helping to re-mineralize small imperfections. This process makes the surface harder and more resistant to decay.
Dental Sealants: This painless application uses a thin plastic resin to protect tooth enamel from plaque and acids. Dental sealants act as a barrier to prevent cavities on the chewing surface of the back teeth (premolars and molars) where decay most often occurs. By sealing these little grooves known as “pits and fissures,” you can provide your child’s teeth years of protection.
Root Canal Treatment: Sometimes referred to as a “baby root canal,” this common procedure is recommended by your dentist to save an injured or severely decayed tooth. Once the treatment is complete, the tooth is topped by a pediatric crown for protection against bacteria.
Pulpotomy: The clinical name for removing the inflamed or infected top part of the pulp chamber, not the root, usually on a baby molar. The problem area is then sterilized and sealed.
Pulpectomy: The clinical name for removing all of the pulp material from both the crown area and the roots. This procedure is often recommended when there is an infection in the pulp that cannot be cleared up.
Bonding: If your child has a chipped, fractured, decayed or discolored tooth, your dentist can apply a tooth-colored putty-like material to correct the issue. This material is molded and smoothed to achieve the desired shape as it bonds to the tooth. The procedure can typically be done in a single visit.
Pediatric Crowns: Your dentist may choose to recommend a pediatric crown for your child to protect a weak tooth from breaking or to restore an already broken or severely decayed tooth.
Mouthguards: Does your child play sports? Minimize the risk of broken teeth and injuries to your child’s lips, tongue, face, or jaw by having us create a custom mouthguard. Custom mouthguards fit better and provide a higher level of protection than store-bought mouthguards.
Retainers, Braces & Orthodontic Concerns: Braces are used to position and straighten your child’s teeth. Braces and aligners correct problems including protruding teeth, crowding, crossbite, gaps between the teeth, also known as diastema, and teeth that simply erupted in the wrong place. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends children have their first orthodontic consultation by age seven to spot any problems with jaw growth or emerging teeth.
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