Tooth decay is not the only reason for a dental visit. Children’s Dental Health Center will provide an ongoing assessment of changes in your child’s oral health. For example, your child may need additional fluoride, dietary changes, and sealants for ideal dental health.
Sealants – A plastic coating can be applied at the dental office to prevent cavities by sealing the little grooves on the teeth. Sealants are applied as a liquid which fills in the grooves naturally appearing on the teeth. The liquid quickly hardens, forming a barrier which prevents food particles and bacteria from getting trapped in the groves causing decay.
Tooth colored fillings – These allows for the least amount of tooth preparation and bond extremely well with the natural tooth enamel.
Routine dental cleaning and examinations – Pediatric check-ups should begin at an early age. Tooth decay can build up early and it is important to discuss a program of preventative home care. This is important to ensure that the primary and permanent teeth are maintained in a healthy condition.
Fluoride treatments – Fluoride binds to the enamel of teeth, making it harder and more resistant to decay. Although there is a small amount of fluoride in toothpastes and in some drinking water, a higher concentration can be applied professionally to your child’s teeth for maximum protection. Some children may require the use of additional oral fluoride supplements.
Pulptomy/Pulpectomy – During these treatments, the diseased pulp tissue is removed from the tooth in order to save the tooth.
Extractions – Some teeth may need to be removed due to decay or infection, or to aid in proper development of the dental arch.
Routine dental cleaning and examinations – Pediatric check-ups should begin at age two. Tooth decay can build up early and it is important to discuss a program of preventative home care.
Dentistry under general anesthesia – Sometimes it is necessary to provide dental care for children with special needs, under general anesthesia. Should this be necessary for your child, our doctors can provide treatment at a local surgery center with the assistance of an anesthesiologist
Nitrous Oxide – Commonly called “laughing gas”, is available during our restorative treatments procedures. Nitrous oxide works quickly and reverses just as soon, so that your child will feel him or herself again within 5 minutes or their treatment being completed.