SERVICES

General Treatment

From cleanings to crowns, we provide comprehensive dentistry for all children. Regular appointments usually consist of a cleaning, annual x-rays, a fluoride treatment and an opportunity to speak directly with the dentist. At the conclusion of the appointment, if it is determined the child needs additional treatment, a second appointment will need to be scheduled to complete the work.

Generally, we are able to complete all required dental treatment during the second appointment. Once the treatment is finished, a follow-up appointment is recommended every 6 months.

Early Childhood Decay

Tooth decay in early childhood occurs most often in the upper and lower front teeth (incisors) and can be a serious problem.

Your child needs strong, healthy baby teeth. These teeth help your child chew food, speak, and have enough space in his or her jaw for the adult teeth to grow in correctly.

Tooth decay can happen when your child’s teeth come in contact with too much sugar. This sugar helps bacteria grow. Acids that the bacteria make cause the teeth to decay.

Many of the liquids that your child drinks contain sugar, including milk, formula, and fruit juices. Eating snacks with sugar also places more sugar on your child’s teeth.

How often your child drinks liquids containing sugar, and how long the sugar stays in the mouth are also important. When children sleep or walk around with a bottle or sippy cup in their mouth, sugar coats their teeth for longer periods of time, causing teeth to decay more quickly.

Breast milk by itself is the healthiest food for babies’ teeth. It tends to slow bacterial growth and acid production. However, when breast milk is alternated with sugary foods or drinks, the rate of tooth decay can be faster than with sugar alone.

Early diagnosis is important for successful treatment of periodontal diseases. Therefore, it is important that children receive a periodontal examination as part of their routine dental visits. Be aware that if your child has an advanced form of periodontal disease, this may be an early sign of systemic disease. A general medical evaluation should be considered for children who exhibit severe periodontitis, especially if it appears resistant to treatment.

Behavior Management of a Child

Providing a high quality of care can sometimes be made very difficult or even impossible because of a patient’s inability to cooperate. We are trained to work with you and your child.

Because every child is different, we offer a wide range of techniques to help manage your child’s behavior. Your child’s physical and emotional comfort is very important to us and we strive to make sure their experience at our office is positive. If we are unable to complete your child’s dental treatment using one of the methods below, we may recommend your child have their treatment completed using hospital dentistry.

Minimal sedation with nitrous oxide

  • Nitrous oxide is a safe and effective sedative agent for those patients who need help relaxing.
  • Nitrous oxide is one of the safest anti-anxiety agents used in dentistry and has very few side effects and risks.
  • Nitrous oxide is non-addictive and the patient remains fully conscious during treatment.
  • Administration is comfortable and painless, involving no more than a mask over the nose. This makes it an excellent option for children with dental anxieties or individuals with mental or physical disabilities.
  • Feelings of calm and relaxation are felt almost immediately, and breathing pure oxygen for several minutes after treatment completely reverses the effects.
  • We at Westown Pediatric Dentistry are certified in giving nitrous oxide.

Talk to us to see if nitrous oxide is a good option for your child.

Hospital Dentistry

If your child needs to be referred to the hospital for their dental needs, we have a certified staff member that goes with you and your child and helps assist in the procedure. Hospital Dentistry includes comprehensive, preventive, restorative and oral maxillofacial surgical procedures. These services are available for healthy as well as medically compromised and handicapped children.

Interceptive Orthodontics

Interceptive orthodontics is a phased type of orthodontics. Growth is utilized to correct developmental occlusion problems. Staging the treatment can correct immediate problems and future issues. Interceptive orthodontics simply means diagnosing and treating malocclusions as soon as they are detected. The American Academy of Orthodontics now reccomends that all children have an orthodontic assessment no later than the age of seven.

Examples of Interceptive Orthodontics:

  • Expansion of the upper jaw to eliminate a crossbite
  • Expansion of one or both jaws to create space for overly crowded teeth
  • Early removal of specific baby teeth to facilitate the proper eruption of permanent teeth
  • Maintaining space for permanent teeth after the premature loss of a baby tooth
  • Reducing the protrusion of upper incisors to decrease the likelihood of fracture from trauma

What Are The Advantages of Interceptive Orthodontics?

Some of the most direct results of interceptive orthodontic treatments are:

  • Creating room for crowded erupting teeth
  • Creating facial symmetry by influencing jaw growth
  • Reducing the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth
  • Preserving space for unerupted teeth
  • Expanding the palate to properly position back molars
  • Reducing the need for tooth removal
  • Reducing treatment time

Special Needs

We have additional training and experience with the oral health of children who have intellectual disabilities, or who are affected by other medical, physical, or psychiatric challenges.

Each patient that comes into our office, regardless of their special needs, is treated equally and with love and respect. Our dental team takes tremendous pride in the care of our special needs patients, and we continually educate ourselves on how to best serve our patients.

 

Restorative Treatment

We provide a very wide variety of treatments designed to fulfill the dental needs of any child.

  • Fillings: We offer both traditional silver fillings as well as tooth colored fillings. We also feature a glass ionomer filling which actually continues to release fluoride long after treatment.
  • Crowns: We have many different crown types available to our patients.  Traditional silver (stainless-steel) crowns can be selected for both posterior and anterior teeth.  Tooth colored composite based crowns can also be placed on the front teeth for both baby teeth and adult teeth. They are easy to use and look absolutely beautiful on your child’s front teeth!
  • Pulpotomies: Sometimes referred to as or baby tooth root canals, pulpotomies are a very common procedure performed in our office.  This is usually required when severe decay is present, but we want to save the tooth.  These are generally accompanied by a silver crown and is proven to be very effective in fighting infections that could develop as a result of severe cavities.
  • Extractions: Sometimes the removal of teeth is the best treatment option.  If it happens to be a stubborn baby tooth that just won’t budge, or permanent teeth that need to be removed for orthodontics, we can help.