We strive to provide the highest quality of dental care to each one of our Kidz Dental patients. Below is a list of some of the services we provide to keep your child’s teeth healthy and looking great!
Topical fluoride treatment is an important defense against the acid that weakens tooth enamel. Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that works like a shield and can help rebuild early signs of tooth decay. Read more about how fluoride works here.
We use a quick brush-on fluoride varnish. After the application, we will ask your child not to eat or drink for at least 30 minutes to allow the fluoride to fully absorb and form a protective barrier.
We recommend dental cleanings every six months to prevent decay. For high-risk patients we may offer cleanings every three months. Your child’s teeth will be cleaned and polished by our highly-trained staff. We will also go over proper brushing and flossing with you and your child.
Dental cleanings begin with an visual check of the teeth and gums. The hygienist uses a small mirror and scaler tool to remove plaque and tartar from the gum line and between the teeth. Your child’s teeth will be expertly cleaned and polished!
Molars and premolars are especially vulnerable to decay because of their deep grooves or “fissures.” Sealing the tops of these teeth can help prevent cavities from forming.
Applying the sealant is a quick and painless procedure. The dentist will first clean and dry the tooth and then apply a gel to prepare the tooth for bonding with the sealant. The sealant is then applied to the grooves of the tooth and a special blue light is used to harden it. Sealants protect the teeth for years to come!
As part of routine checkups, the dentist will preform a physical exam of your child’s teeth to check for weak spots. She will use tools to test the surface of the tooth and may detect very early signs of decay that need to be monitored.
Dental x-rays use a tiny amount of radiation to get images of teeth, bones, and soft tissue of the mouth. These pictures help the dentists diagnose problems like decay in between teeth, overcrowding, and dental injuries.
Using transillumination technology, CariVu allows dentists to see through the tooth, exposing its structure and any decay present. We are very proud to offer this cutting-edge technology to our patients who may benefit from additional imaging.
When a tooth has a significant decay, we need to fill the cavity to prevent further damage. Cavities can occur on top of, in between, or inside teeth. We offer non-metallic, tooth colored fillings to restore your child’s smile.
In the case of extensive decay that threatens the health of the tooth, a stainless steel crown can be applied over the cap of the tooth. Crowns are an excellent option because they offer full coverage protection that’s durable. After removing tooth decay, the dentist will fit and cement a prefabricated crown over the tooth.
A pulpotomy is needed if a tooth’s pulp is badly decayed or infected. During this therapy, a portion of the pulp is removed, and the inside of the tooth is medicated and sealed.
We offer a variety of sedation services to meet the individual needs of our patients. Depending on your child’s age and the procedures needed, we may recommend different techniques. If we feel that a patient is unable to have services without some type of assistance, we will discuss options with the parent or caregiver present to find the best solution.
Some sedation techniques we offer include:
Also known as “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide helps children remain calm. The patient breathes through a mask and within minutes feels relaxed. At the end of the procedure, pure oxygen is given to the patient to clear out any remaining nitrous oxide.
Our dentists are specially trained in administering sedation medication for children. After careful consultation and full medical history, the dentist will give your child a liquid or sublingual dose of medicine that will cause conscience relaxation. Your child’s vital sigs will be monitored throughout the procedure and the effects of the drug will wear off completely within hours.
In some cases, full sedation at a hospital is required. This is usually reserved for cases with very young or very apprehensive children who require extensive treatment. Our dentists will discuss this and all other options with you thoroughly.