Tooth-colored fillings are used primarily to restore small to moderate-sized cavities. They bond to tooth structure and are more aesthetically pleasing than traditional fillings.
Crowns 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, after pulp therapy, and for children with a history of grinding or bruxism habit. If you would like to see a video of this procedure, please ask your dental assistant at the time of your child’s appointment.
It’s been over 100 years since the “birth” of the dental x-ray, a major tool in the practice of dentistry. X-rays show us the condition of your teeth, their roots, jaw placement, and the overall composition and health of your facial bones. They reveal abscesses and abnormal growths such as cysts or tumors and help us locate exactly impacted teeth as well as pinpoint the location of cavities. They can also determine the presence and extent of periodontal disease.
Occasionally, patients raise concerns over the safety of x-rays. At Dentistry for Kids, we understand that concern and are happy to announce that we utilize the latest in digital x-ray technology. Digital radiographs emit an extremely low-level radiation, very similar to the normal background radiation we all get from the sun, the earth’s crust, even the air we breathe!
While digital x-rays still require a patient to “pose” for a picture, the process and result are dramatically different. Instead of film, a highly sensitive electronic receptor is inserted into your child’s mouth. An electronic image is captured instantaneously and stored on a computer’s database. These digital x-rays give us a clear, high-resolution view of teeth, bone, root and tissue, all while using up to 90% less radiation than traditional x-rays.
This new technology is just one more tool we can use to provide you with the best and most efficient dental care possible.
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.
Indications for dental whitening for individual permanent teeth may include discoloration resulting from a traumatic injury or discoloration due to diet. We recommend this procedure to patients who have all their permanent teeth along with good oral hygiene. Please ask your dentist about whether or not your child is a candidate for home whitening.
What is a mouthguard?
A mouthguard is comprised of soft plastic. They come in standard or custom fit to adapt comfortably to the upper teeth.
Why is a mouthguard important?
A mouthguard protects the teeth from possible sport injuries. It does not only protect the teeth, but the lips, cheeks, tongue, and jaw bone as well. It can contribute to the protection of a child from head and neck injuries such as concussions. Most injuries occur to the mouth and head area when a child is not wearing a mouth guard.
When should my child wear a mouthguard?
It should be worn during any sport-based activity where there is risk of head, face, or neck injury. Such sports include hockey, soccer, karate, basketball, baseball, skating, skateboarding, as well as many other sports. Most oral injuries occur when children play basketball, baseball, and soccer.
How do I choose a mouthguard for my child?
Choose a mouthguard that your child feels is comfortable. If a mouth guard feels bulky or interferes with speech to any great degree, it is probably not appropriate for your child.
There are many options in mouthguards. Most guards are found in athletic stores. These vary in comfort, protection as well as cost. The least expensive tend to be the least effective in preventing oral injuries. Customized mouthguards can be provided through our practice. They may be a bit more expensive, but they are much more comfortable and shock absorbent.
Dentistry for Kids takes great pride in dental decay prevention. For this reason, our dental assistants spend extra time reviewing with you and your child the areas of plaque retention in their mouth. We first start by examining your child’s teeth and showing you areas where your child may have missed plaque during normal brushing. Next, we have your child pick a toothbrush and evaluate their brushing technique for two minutes at our hygiene sinks. We have a sink to cater to all sizes! This allows children to visualize how much longer they need to brush and allow parents to use this tool at home. Oral hygiene is performed at every recare visit.
This procedure’s primary purpose is to educate and train the patient with a hands-on approach to develop excellent oral hygiene skills. This will help control the cause of gingivitis and periodontal disease (bacterial plaque) and help prevent cavities.
After the oral hygiene instruction, a prophylaxis (regular dental cleaning and polishing) is performed. During this procedure, deposits of plaque, calculus and stains are removed from the surfaces of the teeth.
Pulp therapy removes infected nerve tissue and maintains 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. If you would like to view a video of this procedure, please ask your dental assistant at the time of your child’s appointment.
What are sealants?
Tooth sealant refers to a plastic that a dentist bonds to the grooves of the chewing surface of a tooth as a means of helping prevent the formation of tooth decay.
How do sealants work?
In many cases, it is nearly impossible for children to clean the tiny grooves between their teeth. When a sealant is applied, the surface of the tooth is somewhat flatter and smoother. There are no longer any places on the chewing part of the tooth that the bristles of a toothbrush can’t reach and clean. Since plaque can be removed more easily and effectively, there is much less likelihood of decay.
What is the life expectancy of tooth sealants?
The longevity of sealants varies. Sealants that have remained in place for three to five years would be considered successful, however, sealants can last much longer. It is not uncommon to see sealants placed during childhood still intact on the teeth of adults. Our office will check your child’s sealants during routine dental visits and will recommend repair or reapplication when necessary.
Which teeth should be sealed?
Any tooth that shows characteristics of developing decay should be sealed. The most common teeth for a dentist to seal are a child’s back teeth, and of these teeth, the molars are the most common teeth on which dental sealants are placed. The recommendation for sealants should be considered on a case-by-case basis.
What is the procedure for placing sealants?
Generally the procedure takes just one visit. Placing dental sealants can be a very easy process. The tooth is cleaned, conditioned, and dried. The sealant is then flowed onto the grooves of the tooth where it is hardened with a special blue light and then buffed. All normal activities can occur directly after the appointment. If you would like to view a video of this procedure, please let our dental assistant know at the time of appointment.
How important is brushing and flossing after sealants are applied?
It is just as important for your child to brush and floss their teeth. Sealants are only one part of the defensive plan against tooth decay.
How much does it cost?
This treatment is quite affordable, especially when you consider the value of protection against tooth decay. Most dental insurance companies cover sealants. Check with your insurance company about your child’s coverage.
Appliances used for holding molar position. It is usually indicated where there is premature loss of a primary molar. If you would like to see a video of this procedure, please let your dental assistant know at the time of child’s appointment.