Dentistry Services for Your child
As a parent, you don’t want to see your child suffer the agony of a toothache or lose their teeth. Therefore, you consider preventive measures such as good oral hygiene and a diet rich in calcium. Despite your efforts, your child can still develop dental problems such as tooth decay, cavities, and gum infections.
Apart from dental issues caused by bacteria, your child can also get into accidents that lead to broken, chipped, cracked, or knocked-out teeth. However, with a kids’ dentist near you, your child doesn’t have to worry anymore with dental imperfections.
Since some kids can resent going for dental appointments, most dentists provide an environment that is comfortable for the comfort for your child to receive dental treatments. For kids with dental phobia, the dentist can administer sedation dentistry techniques to make them feel relieved and comfortable while sitting on the dentist’s chair.
Pediatric Dentistry Services
Some of the services your dentist can provide for children include:
Dental Cleanings and Exams
Even with routine hygiene practices such as regular brushing and flossing, it is still hard to eliminate debris from your child’s teeth and gum lines. Plaque and tartar accumulate on your child’s teeth surfaces and gum line, causing decay and sometimes tooth discoloration.
Therefore, you need to schedule appointments regularly to get your child’s teeth professionally cleaned. During the procedure, the dentist or oral hygienist uses a scaler to remove plaque and tartar and plaque deposits from the child’s teeth surfaces, preventing decay and tooth discoloration.
During the exams, the dentist can also check for potential dental problems through physical investigations, x-rays, and sometimes blood tests in the case of gum infection.
You might observe dental cavities on your child’s teeth or your dentist during dental exams. To prevent the progression of the dental cavities or the need for a root canal treatment, the dentist might recommend dental sealants or esthetic bonding. The sealants and dental bonding material cover the pits or cavities, preventing bacteria action that can lead to tooth decay.
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that forms a layer on your teeth to protect the enamel. With the deficiency of the fluoride mineral, your child’s teeth are at a high risk of developing tooth decay. Therefore, your dentist can provide fluoride treatments as preventive dentistry for children.
Your dentist might suggest the extraction of your child’s teeth due to several reasons. The tooth might be damaged, broken, or impacted. Also, your child can have crowded teeth. Therefore, your dentist might recommend a tooth extraction before orthodontic treatments.
Impacted wisdom teeth grow in the rear but don’t erupt out of the gums. Sometimes, the impacted teeth can cause pain and chewing difficulties, thus the need for tooth extraction.
Some kids are afraid of needles during dental procedures. Others can’t even sit in a dentist’s chair. However, your child doesn’t have to face the agony of a toothache. Your dentist can provide comfort and relief during dental procedures through sedation dentistry.
When providing dental services for your child, the dentist will provide different levels of sedation depending on the length of the procedure. Some of the sedation techniques include inhalation, intravenous, and oral.
Misaligned, crooked, and gapped teeth can affect your child’s bite as well as their smile. However, with orthodontic treatments, your dentist can help align your child’s teeth, improving the smile, and enhancing the bite.
Some of the orthodontic treatments you can consider include invisible aligners and traditional braces. Before choosing a treatment option for your child, you can consult the dentist to help you choose the best depending on the kid’s dental condition and cosmetic needs.
Emergency Dental Care
Your child can get involved in an accident that knocks out their teeth. Pain and discomfort of a knocked-out tooth can be unbearable. Therefore, you might need to seek emergency dental care for your child.
Apart from a knocked-out or broken tooth, at Smile Palace, we provide emergency dentistry for:
- Unexplained toothache and swelling
- Tooth abscess
- Gum infections
- Loose fillings
If your child tends to clench or clench their teeth, our dentist can recommend protective mouthguards to reduce wear and tear. Mouthguards can also help prevent dental injuries when playing contact sports.