Dentistry for Children
Our team of dentists is dedicated to the prevention of dental disease among children in our community. Knowing that children may have unique dental needs, an early start with dental care sets a course for lasting dental health into adulthood.
Your Child’s First Visit
Specialists agree that a child’s first visit to the dentist should occur when a child gets his or her first tooth or by his or her second birthday. Your child’s initial dental visit with one of our doctors includes a thorough review of your child’s medical history, including any potential dental or developmental concerns. Then the dentist will conduct a thorough examination of the teeth and tissues, screen for cavities and offer you a personalized risk assessment for your child. We truly believe that after that inaugural dental visit to our practice, your child will have a positive outlook about going to the dentist.
Infants to Adolescents
We strongly believe in the importance of establishing early, trusting relationships between our young patients and our dental team by engaging in calm, non-threatening appointments. Our goal is to prevent issues with dental phobias later in life by having positive first experiences, with examinations and treatments provided in a caring atmosphere. Our young patients learn why oral health is important, and we teach them to care for their teeth. We treat them like family. We encourage parents to ask questions about the steps they can take at home to keep their young one’s smile beautiful and healthy for a lifetime.
Older Children / Teenagers
Older children and teenagers may have a variety of dental issues. We work toward total dental health with you and our young patients. We’ll discuss our recommendations for a healthy diet, instructions on how to keep your child’s mouth clean and healthy, trauma prevention and mouth guards for protection of teeth during sports, and tips on teething and sucking habits that may cause malocclusion. Many times, orthodontic problems can be minimized with early intervention. We can restore primary and secondary teeth with white fillings. Particularly anxious children may need a little more TLC during an appointment. In some cases, we may recommend the administration of nitrous oxide or other calming methods to maintain your child’s complete comfort during dental appointments.
Our professional staff works with young patients to demonstrate proper brushing and flossing techniques so healthy habits are developed and so children understand why they are important. We explain dental care in words your child will understand to ensure the experience is positive and fun. Again, we treat your children like family.
Wisdom Teeth / Extractions
Wisdom teeth are also known as third molars. These teeth typically erupt in the late teens or early twenties and cause many people problems because of malposition in the jaw or lack of space to erupt properly. Issues can include jaw pain, retro-molar (behind the tooth) infection, potential damage to the adjacent teeth and abnormal eruption causing permanent bone loss in the jaw. The most common problem is impaction, which occurs when a wisdom tooth fails to erupt in a functional position. Erupted or partially erupted wisdom teeth are difficult to keep clean, so secondary problems may include infection of the gum tissue or the bone around the wisdom tooth. An abnormally erupting wisdom tooth can cause loss of the tooth in front of it due to structural damage to the tooth and bone in that area. Infection caused by wisdom teeth can spread to soft tissues of the face and neck requiring more complex treatment and in rare cases, may become life-threatening.
We recommend removal of wisdom teeth before symptoms or damage occur. Most patients should be evaluated by the age of seventeen. Delayed removal of wisdom teeth often leads to a higher risk of complications and more difficult extractions.
The good news is that all wisdom tooth extraction procedures can be done with the appropriate anesthesia and sedation to keep all patients comfortable. We work with patients for the post-operative phase and are always available to help patients manage their healing process.