At The Dentist we are committed to your family. We welcome even the littlest members of your family with open arms.
We realize not all dentists like to work with children and know how important those first visits are in developing a strong opinion of going to the dentist. That's why we welcome all children 0-21. We love working with kids who have challenges. All children deserve dental care. No child is too challenging, and we have seen it all. Most kids do better than the parent expects.
We are doing frenectomies on infants who have issues with breast feeding helping mothers and babies.
We follow the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Dental Association guidelines for timing of the first dental visit and recommend that children be seen by their first birthday. This Lap to Lap exam is a great introduction for the parent, child and dentist. While not all children are happy during this exam it is crucial to catch problems early!
Going to the dentist can be fun. At The Dentist we strive to make the dental check up both fun and educational. We are committed to your child's dental well being and will try to make the visit a positive one for you and your child.
What are some things that may need to be done?
Fillings - We use a composite resin filling material. This material bonds (or sticks) to the tooth. The bad part of the tooth is removed along with any cavity and the tooth is cleaned off and a light is used to harden the filling material. These fillings hold up well and have a very natural look. We have a Waterlase MD laser that can accomplish some baby tooth fillings without a shot!
Stainless Steel Crowns - when a baby tooth is badly damaged it may need a crown. These baby tooth crowns are made of stainless steel and are a silver color. They come in a variety of different sizes. The tooth is shaped to accept the crown and a strong glue is used to keep the crown from coming off. It is recommended that sticky candies like taffy, caramel, tootsie rolls and sugary gum be avoided on a capped tooth to prevent it from coming unglued. If one does come off simply save the crown and have it glued back on within about 2 weeks.
Pulpotemy- a pulpotemy is a nerve treatment, like a simple form of a root canal, done on a baby tooth. Usually the tooth has a cavity that is large and is starting to infect the tooth. The diseased part of the nerve is removed and the tooth is treated with a medication to kill any bacteria left. Then a filling material is placed in the hole of the tooth. It is usually recommended that a stainless steel crown be placed over the tooth to protect it from chipping and breaking.
Space Maintainers - when a baby molar tooth is lost early a space maintainer is recommended. A space maintainer holds space for the permanent tooth that is growing down in the bone. Without this space holder the other teeth can crowd out the forming tooth and make it hard for it to fit into it's place in the mouth.
Laser Frenectomy - tongue tied or lip tied. We provide this service for all ages birth and up. We provide another option to the scalpel and suture. We use a laser. There is little bleeding, no need for stitches and the healing is fast. This can be done at any age and for many reasons including: Speech issues, feeding issues, difficulty providing oral care, inability to show top teeth when smiling, and even dentures not fitting well. These are all reasons for this procedure.
Sealants - sealants are a liquid white or clear filling material that is placed on a cavity free chewing surface on permanent molar teeth to keep bacteria and debris from causing cavities in the top of the tooth. It is painless to apply and should be placed at about age 6-7 and again about age 12-13. Sealants do need to be touched up periodically to keep them in working order.