Our Treatment Philosophy
Our pediatric dental team is committed to caring for your child’s smile for many years. We love to watch our patients’ smiles grow from little to big, whether we’re teaching a toddler how to brush her baby teeth or fitting a little leaguer for his first athletic mouthguard. We encourage kids to get interested and involved during their visits too, because we truly believe that long-term oral health is a team effort. It’s never too early to start!
Comprehensive Pediatric Dentistry
Prevention is the foundation of comprehensive care, especially for children. Routine checkups and cleanings starting at your child’s first birthday enable our doctors to catch problems like tooth decay or improper eruption in the very early stages. The earlier issues are diagnosed, the more conservatively they can be treated, which saves you money and saves your child from future dental treatment.
Routine Dental Cleanings & Exams
Kids’ dental visits are a family affair, so we welcome parents back into the treatment area if he or she feels nervous. After the visit is over, our doctors will thoroughly discuss her findings with you, along with his recommendations for treatment and long-term maintenance.
Protective Dental Sealants
Dental sealants fill in the grooves on the chewing surfaces of the back molars, an area where food particles commonly get caught and cause cavities. Sealants can be applied quickly with no shots or drilling, effectively protecting your child’s teeth for years.
Tooth-colored fillings require less preparation than traditional metal fillings, which means fewer shots and less drilling. They’re also very natural-looking, so you won’t even notice a difference in the appearance of your child’s smile.
Fluoride is a naturally-occurring mineral that strengthens enamel and protects teeth from decay. It’s even been proven to reverse the early stages of decay! our doctors provides a safe, kid-friendly fluoride treatment after each cleaning.
Sometimes called “baby teeth crowns,” these are used to cover a tooth that’s too small or too damaged for a filling. We place both white and stainless steel (silver) crowns, depending on where the damaged tooth is located.
Emergency Dental Care
Accidents happen, especially with inquisitive and energetic kids. If your child experiences a dental emergency, call our office immediately! We’ll talk you through the situation and schedule a same-day emergency visit if necessary.
Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)
Laughing gas can be a helpful aid for children that have slight to moderate anxiety in the dental office setting. It is administered through a mask placed over the nose. The benefit of laughing gas is that it is easily reversible, so children can often return to school or participate in their normal activities following dental treatment. our doctors will discuss if this is an appropriate option for your child.
Sometimes children are too young to cooperate, have special needs that reduce cooperative ability, or simply feel uneasy about dental treatment. If we feel that some type of sedation or general anesthesia is needed for your child’s treatment, we will consult with you about your child’s personality and individual needs to determine the best way to make him or her feel comfortable. Your child’s safety is important to us, and we always follow the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry sedation guidelines.