Pediatric Dentistry

Procedures

X-rays

X-rays are taken at new patient exams and between 6 months and 1 year during periodic recall appointments. X-rays are used to diagnose interproximal decay (between teeth) as well as to check of the formation of permanent teeth, crowding and eruption problems and to check for infection.

Cleaning & Flouride

Prophylaxis (cleaning) involves scaling and polishing, including removal of calculus deposits, plaque, stains, and polishing tooth surfaces. Flouride application helps prevent cavities by strengthening teeth.

Sealants

Sealants protect the grooved and pitted surfaces of the teeth, especially the chewing surfaces of back teeth where most cavities in children are found. Made of clear or shaded plastic, sealants are applied to the teeth to help keep them cavity-free. Sealants “seal out” food and plaque, thus reducing the risks of decay.

Bonded Fillings

Tooth-colored fillings which are used primarily to restore small to moderate-sized cavities. They bond to tooth structure and are esthetically more pleasing.

Bonded Crowns

Tooth-colored crowns which are used primarily to restore decayed anterior teeth.

Stainless Steel Crowns

Crowns which are used to restore primary molars when there is not enough tooth structure to hold a filling. They are mostly used on severely decayed teeth or after pulp therapy.

Pulpotomy (Baby-Root Canal)

Pulp therapy used to remove infected nerve tissue and to maintain the vitality of the root tissue. Pulpotomies are used to preserve the jaw space and to allow the preservation of primary teeth. The tooth is medicated and completely covered with a crown.

Extractions

The removal of a tooth when the tooth is unrestorable by either severe caries or infection. Teeth may also be removed at the request of an orthodontist before starting braces.

Space Maintainers

Unilateral Space Maintainer
Bilateral Space Maintainer

Appliances which are used for holding molar position. It is usually indicated where there is premature loss of a primary molar.

Nitrous Oxide Sedation

Nitrous Oxide or “laughing gas” is the mildest form of sedation used for slightly anxious patients. It involves breathing through a scented nosepiece that will place the patient in a more relaxed state. The patient is fully aware of their surroundings and remains conscious throughout the procedure. This effects of nitrous oxide sedation wear off once the mask is removed.

IV Sedation/General Anesthesia

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