It's never too early to get your child started on the path toward a lifetime of good oral health with the help of a Kid's Dentist , and there are many services we provide to do exactly that. Monitoring your child's dental growth and development, and preventing and intercepting dental diseases along the way, is a primary focus of our practice. Learn more about Pediatric Dentistry .
Our services include:
Age One Dental Visit
According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry , a child's first checkup should occur by age 1. At this important visit, we will check the primary teeth for early cavities, discuss the importance of good oral hygiene, show you how to care for a young child's mouth properly, go over your child's developmental milestones, and assess your child's occlusion and oral habits. Learn more about the Age One Dental Visit .
After establishing the initial dental visit, we will be able to be set up regular preventive visits for your child to have regular dental exams to check for tooth decay, cleanings, review home care, evaluate growth and development as well as other preventive treatments such as radiographs, sealants and fluoride treatments.
Dental sealants are invisible plastic resin coatings that smooth out the chewing surfaces of the back teeth — the place where your child is most likely to get tooth decay. A sealed tooth is far less likely to develop a cavity, which could require expensive dental treatment and cause your child pain. Learn more about Dental Sealants .
Fluoridated water has been called one of the most significant health achievements of the 20th century — but not every child gets enough fluoride. That's one reason why a topical fluoride supplement, applied here in the dental office, may be recommended for your child. Learn more about Fluoride & Your Child .
Restorations (fillings) are used to seal a small hole (cavity) in your tooth that is caused by decay. This procedure prevents decay bacteria from spreading further into your tooth, and possibly infecting the root/nerve of the tooth. Both metal fillings and tooth-colored fillings are available. Learn more about
Crowns are coverings placed over damaged teeth to strengthen them and allow them to look and function normally again. Metal crowns are sometimes recommended as a temporary solution for damaged baby teeth until the permanent teeth come in. Learn more about Pediatric Crowns .
When decay becomes large and enters the root/nerve of the tooth, it may cause pain and/or infection. In order to clean and save the tooth a root canal may be needed.
For various reasons such as infection or spacing, a tooth may need to be removed.
Children with Special Needs
Proper dental care is just as important for children with special needs as it is for any child. Yet it's sometimes more difficult for kids with special needs to get optimal care. We can help, with appropriate procedures and extra personal attention in the office.
We offer a number of behavior management techniques to assist your child's visit. These services include behavior management techniques, nitrous oxide, in office sedation dentistry and general anesthesia at the local surgery center. Sedation dentistry can be of great benefit to children and teenagers who would otherwise be anxious and fearful during dental treatment. With local anesthetics and sedative medications, it's possible for your child to have a dental experience that's free of anxiety and pain. If necessary, we will discuss these options in detail at your child's visit. Learn more about Sedation Dentistry .
It's easier to treat many orthodontic problems during childhood because the body is still developing rapidly. Whether you need standard braces, clear aligners, or appliances like palatal expanders, it's possible to make big changes in a short period of time. Learn more about Early Orthodontic Treatment .
If your child loses a baby tooth prematurely, a “space maintainer” may be needed to hold the space open until the permanent tooth comes in to fill it. This appliance will help your child's bite develop properly — and hopefully avoid the need for braces later on. Learn more about Space Maintainers .
Besides being painful, a child's sports-related dental injury can mean time lost from school and work, plus substantial cost. A properly fitted, comfortable mouthguard, worn at practice and games, can greatly reduce the likelihood of serious dental injury. Learn more about Mouthguards for Children .
Emergency Dental Treatment
If you have a life-threatening or severe injury, call 911 or go directly to the nearest hospital emergency room. We can treat a variety of emergencies such as infection, traumatic dental injuries, including teeth that have been chipped, moved, or knocked out entirely. Please call our office for assistance.