- Fluoride helps to strengthen teeth and prevent cavities. Our office uses fluoride varnish which has been shown to be the most effective form of fluoride available today.
- The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children have fluoride treatments at every 6 month dental check-up.
- Sealants are thin, protective coatings painted on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. Having sealants placed is simple and painless; no numbing or drilling is required. The most important reason for placing sealants is to help prevent tooth decay. This shuts off food particles and plaque that can get caught in the deep grooves of the teeth. The covering is only over the biting surface of the tooth, so areas between teeth cannot be coated with the sealant.
- Occasionally children lose a tooth early or have baby teeth extracted due to decay. One reason baby teeth are so important is that they hold space for permanent teeth. If space is not maintained then teeth can shift into the open space.
- We offer Band and Loop, Lower Lingual Arch, and Nance appliances. The type of appliance recommended will be based on your child’s specific needs and discussed with you prior to treatment.
- A composite resin is a tooth-colored filling material used for restoring decay. Composite resins are more conservative than an amalgam filling, meaning less tooth structure needs to be removed.
- A pulpotomy is a procedure that is performed when the decay reaches the pulp (nerve). When the nerve of a tooth becomes infected, a pulpotomy is necessary to save the tooth. During a pulpotomy, the infected part of the nerve is removed and a sedative medication is placed inside the tooth to prevent sensitivity and to promote healing. After the pulpotomy is finished, the tooth is restored with a crown to re-establish normal chewing function and to continue to hold the space until the permanent tooth can take its place.
Stainless Steel Crowns
- When a child has a large cavity on a baby tooth there is often not enough tooth structure left to hold a filling. In these cases, a stainless steel crown is used. Stainless steel crowns are also used to repair broken or cracked teeth. These crowns cover the damaged tooth and provide protection and strength. Because they are pre-made, stainless steel crowns are placed in one appointment and can be easily adapted to the child’s tooth. When the child loses the baby tooth, the crown falls out with it.
- We offer mild, moderate and deep sedation options to our anxious and very young patients.