Is Pediatric Dentistry And Orthodontics owned by a large corporation?
Are we accepting New patients?
Can I accompany my child in the hygiene area/treatment area?
What is the difference between a pediatric dentist and a family dentist?
When do baby teeth fall out?
What services do we offer?
Examination: An examination involves more than looking at teeth. The health history reviews the general health of your child and indicates whether there is any need for special dental care. The examination charts health and disease and is used to provide a diagnosis and treatment plan for your child.
Cleaning and Fluoride: Teeth are cleaned to remove plaque (bacteria) and calculus (hard plaque) that can cause gum disease and tooth decay. Topical fluoride is applied to the teeth to make them stronger and more resistant to tooth decay. A thorough cleaning and fluoride treatment every six months has been shown to be an extremely effective way to prevent dental disease.
Oral Hygiene Instructions: Prevention is the most important part of our practice. We will provide you and your child with dental hygiene instructions that will help maintain good oral health at home. Bitewing Radiographs: Bitewings are used to determine the health of the teeth and bone. Cavities and unusual tooth shape and size are apparent on the bitewings.
Panoramic Radiographs: A panoramic radiograph provides an overall view of your child’s mouth and jaws. It reveals missing permanent teeth, extra teeth, abnormal growths, and other problems. A panoramic is normally taken every 3 – 5 years in 3 stages of dental development.
Sealants: The chewing surfaces of children’s teeth are the most susceptible to cavities and least benefited by fluorides. Sealants (plastic coatings) are applied to the tops of teeth and are highly effective in preventing tooth decay.
Tooth Colored Fillings: are used to restore front teeth or where cosmetic appearance is important. Tooth colored fillings are used to repair fractured teeth and/or areas of decay. The shade of restorative material is matched as closely as possible to the color of the natural teeth. Tooth colored fillings may also be used for back teeth.
Composites requires excellent hygiene following restorations on teeth.
Stainless Steel Crowns: are used to restore back teeth that are too badly decayed to hold silver fillings.
Pulp Treatment: is necessary when decay has spread to the nerve of the tooth. The procedure consists of treating the nerve of the tooth to avoid extracting the tooth. Extractions: are done only as a last resort. If a primary molar is removed prematurely, a space maintainer will be placed. Teeth may also be extracted for orthodontic reasons.
Space Maintainers: are used when a primary tooth has been prematurely lost to hold space for the permanent tooth. If space is not maintained, teeth on either side of the extraction site can drift into the space and prevent the permanent tooth from erupting.
Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas): May be required to relax very apprehensive patients and patients with gag reflexes.
General Anesthesia: Children with extensive dental needs and special medical conditions may require treatment in the hospital, under general anesthesia. Parents will be given more detailed information.
Interceptive Orthodontics: Correction of minor Orthodontics problems such as a cross bite can be done with simple appliances.
What is our financial policy?
How do I prepare for my childs first visit ?
- If your child is over the age of 3, we ask that you allow them to accompany our staff through the dental experience. We are all highly experienced in helping children overcome anxiety. Separation anxiety is not uncommon in children, so please try not to be concerned if your child exhibits some negative behavior. This is normal and will soon diminish. Studies and experience have shown that most children over the age of 3 react more positively when permitted to experience the dental visit on their own and in an environment designed for children.
- Please do not be upset if your child cries. Children are often afraid of anything new and strange, and crying is the normal reaction to that fear. Please permit us the time to develop rapport with your child. After the first visit, encourage his or her independence and allow us the privilege of bringing your child from the reception room to the dental chair alone. Most school age children do better alone with the pediatric dentist, hygienist and assistant than with a parent present.
It is best if you avoid using using words around your child that might cause unnecessary fear, such as “needle”, “pull”, “drill” or “hurt”. The office makes a practice of using words that convey the same message, but are pleasant and not frightening to the child. We strive to make each and every visit to our office a fun one!
What should I expect at my childs first visit?
We try very hard to make your child’s treatment physically comfortable and enjoyable. All of our care is based on the behavior management technique Tell-Show-Do. This management technique prepares your child for dental treatment by telling and showing your child what we are going to do before we do it. During all visits, we believe in giving your child lots of praise. We begin the first visit by introducing the office environment and the staff. For children two and above, we recommend an oral examination, a cleaning, the application of fluoride, and any necessary radiographs (x-rays). After a thorough study of our findings, we will prepare and discuss a treatment plan for your child’s dental needs. This plan will provide guidance on dental and oral development, fluoride status, non-nutritive oral habits, injury prevention, oral hygiene, and the effects of diet on the dentition. Although no restorative work is performed at this time, emergency needs will be assessed and treated if appropriate.
Please do not be upset if your child cries. Children are often afraid of anything new and strange, and crying is the normal reaction to that fear. Please permit us the time to develop rapport with your child. After the first visit, encourage his or her independence and allow us the privilege of bringing your child from the reception room to the dental chair alone. Most school age children do better alone with the pediatric dentist, hygienist and assistant than with a parent present.
What age should I take my child to the dentist?
How do I prepare my 5 year old ( 5 or under) for their first dental visit?
Is orthodontic consult at age 7 too early?
How often should my child be seen for cleanings and exams?
Does my child really need X-rays? Are they safe? and how often?
- Bitewing X-rays show upper and lower teeth in one image from the crown to about the level of the bone that supports the teeth. They are used to detect decay between teeth and changes caused by bone disease.
- Periapical X-rays show the entire tooth (in the selected area), from the crown to beyond the end of the root where the tooth is attached in the jaw. These X-rays can find problems below the gums, including impacted teeth, abscesses, cysts or other problems.
- Panoramic X-rays capture the entire mouth in a two-dimensional image with a single X-ray. These X-rays are used to detect positions of un-erupted teeth, abscesses and other problems. They are also used for planning orthodontic treatment and to evaluate growth and development.
Panoramic or Periapical X-rays can be used to monitor the development of wisdom teeth in late adolescence. Dental X-rays are safe but while all X-rays expose the individual to radiation not all X-ray equipment is equal. At Pediatric Dentistry And Orthodontics, we use Digital Radiography, the latest in X-ray technology, which decreases the radiation exposure by 80 – 90% when compared to traditional film X-rays. In addition, we follow all safety protocols to further minimize exposure including the use of lead aprons and shields.