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Pediatric Dentist

A pediatric dentist has two or three years of supplementary training after completing the regular dental course. This additional education includes the detailed anatomical changes that occur in our mouths from birth to adolescence. This affords them the expertise to identify delicate changes occurring now that may lead to serious problems later on.

Prevention and Your Pediatric Dentist

Beginning with early checkups the dentist can identify small, subtle changes in such things as unexpected jaw growth or teeth emerging prematurely. A set of x-rays can provide a base to allow the dentist to identify unwanted patterns quickly as they occur.

When you make an annual appointment with your pediatrician, consider making one with your pediatric dentist too. They have the current information for oral health care in kids. Pediatric dentists prefer to teach parents and children how to care for their teeth. The best way to brush, and floss and what to be aware of is all part of our learning program. We want your child to have healthy teeth, and we can show you how to accomplish that. We also assist with thumb sucking and canker sores and teach you how diet is a major factor in good oral health.

Without strong teeth, your child’s ability to chew is diminished, and chewing is the first step in the digestion process. Decayed or misaligned teeth can also affect the clarity of their speech and lead to more complicated health problems.

Anxiety

Most parents don’t bring their children to a dentist until the harm is done, and their child is in pain. This may be due to financial restrictions or anxiety on the part of the parent. Be aware your child will pick up on your fears before you do. We assure you- our preferred status amongst our young patients is earned, we are gentle and friendly.

You can help make this easy by explaining what will be done. How pictures might be taken and instruments might be placed in their mouth, but they shouldn’t be afraid. You can stay with your child if that helps them. If extensive or complex treatments are needed, we do offer sedation therapy. Once the procedures are complete, you can remain with them while they recover.

After Care

We provide you with clear written instructions listing the dos and don’ts when you are ready to go home. Take a minute to read them and ask any questions. If you are concerned after you return home call us. We will be glad to help.

Special Care

Every employee in the office is specially trained to make children feel comfortable and safe in this environment. In the past, procedures were done without any explanation. They were just told to sit down, open your mouth and don’t move. Recent studies show children tolerate medical or dental processes as well as adults when each step is explained to them, and their parents are either calm or absent.

We not only provide the highest quality dental care we take into consideration the emotional well-being of our patient before during and after each visit.

We want all kids to have proper dental care, for this reason, we offer evening and weekend office visits. We also will assist you with insurance claims and we accept payment plans and Medicaid.

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Tooth extraction for kids

A tooth extraction is a procedure where the tooth is removed completely from the bone socket beneath. There are a number of different reasons why a tooth might need to be extracted, including as a result of tooth decay, in conjunction with another orthodontics treatment, or because of the growth of problematic wisdom teeth. For some children – and even parents of young children – a tooth extraction can seem like a scary procedure, particularly if you don’t know what to expect.

To ease your worry, it is important to educate both yourself and your child to relieve some anxiety around the entire tooth extraction experience.

What to expect

First appointment:

During your first appointment, an x-ray will be taken of the area to assess the severity of damage to the tooth to see if it is in need of a tooth extraction. If your dentist has determined that your child’s tooth is beyond repair and needs to be removed, another appointment for the tooth extraction will be scheduled.

Before the procedure:

On the day of your child’s tooth extraction, an antibiotic may be prescribed to get rid of any infection that might have caused damage to the tooth to begin with. Even though the tooth will be removed, it is important to treat this infection before the extraction to prevent the spread of the infection to surrounding teeth.

If needed, an anti-anxiety medication may be taken on the night before the tooth extraction, and an additional pill can be taken before the procedure for children who are extremely nervous about it.

The procedure:

Before the tooth is extracted, the site around the tooth will be numbed with a local anesthetic like Novocain. This numbing should help put your child at ease and make sure they feel no pain during the procedure. Once the area is completely numbed, your dentist will wiggle the tooth out of its socket using dental forceps.

If the tooth is located beneath the surface of the gum line, your dentist may need to also remove some gum tissue to get to the tooth. In this case, your child might receive a stronger sedative before the extraction, such as nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas”, to relax your them during the procedure.

Care after the procedure:

After the tooth extraction is complete, your child will need to bite on a gauze pad until a blood clot forms around the site to stem the bleeding. Once the clot has formed, it is important not to dislodge it, as it can expose the bone, causing dry socket.

If any pain or swelling is experienced after the Novocain wears off, an ice pack can be applied to the area, and an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory, such as Ibuprofen, may be used. Your child will only be able to eat soft foods for 24 hours after the extraction and is discouraged from drinking from straws or spitting forcefully. After each meal, your child should rinse his or her mouth with saltwater. If stiches were placed after the extraction, they will dissolve within a couple weeks.

 

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Tooth colored composite fillings

Tooth colored composite fillings can be an inexpensive and attractive way to restore a small amount of tooth decay on a child’s tooth. If your child is in need of a filling, the type of material used for the filling will depend on a number of factors, including:

The position and visibility of the affected tooth
The extent of damage to the tooth
Budgetary constraints
Allergies to certain materials, such as metals

When are tooth colored composite fillings used for children?

Dental fillings are used to treat cavities on a child’s tooth and protect the tooth from further damage, infection or decay. Even baby teeth should be salvaged whenever possible to avoid problems with permanent teeth filling in correctly. These cavities may be identified during your child’s next routine dental exam by sight or by a digital x-ray. Your dentist will let you know what options are available to fill a tooth that has been decayed. If the decay is extensive, a root canal may be needed before a filling is placed. Because of its natural, tooth colored appearance, composite fillings are typically used for visible or front-facing teeth; however, they may also be used on non-visible teeth and molars as well.

What are the benefits of tooth colored composite fillings?

There are a number of advantages of tooth colored fillings over alternatives such as gold or silver amalgam, including a more natural appearance and minimal tooth preparation in advance of the filling placement.

Natural looking:

Composite fillings are considered to be a more attractive filling alternative to gold or amalgam because the material hardens into the shade of one’s natural tooth. Therefore, tooth colored composite fillings are typically used for visible or front-facing teeth.

Minimal tooth preparation:

Composite fillings require less healthy tooth structure to be removed into order to restore the tooth compared to alternatives.

Non-metal material:

Composite fillings can be ideal for children who are allergic to metals like silver amalgam. Tooth colored composite fillings can be a great option for children. They offer an effective and natural-looking way to improve your child’s oral health and dental function by preventing the spread of infection or decay from a cavity. If your child has a cavity that needs to be filled, contact our office to see what filling options are available for your child.

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Dental Implants

Dental implants are a teeth replacement option that can help you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted. If you suffer from a missing tooth, several missing teeth or a full set of missing teeth, dental implants might be the ideal solution for you to help restore the look, feel and function of your teeth naturally and beautifully.

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are small titanium posts that are inserted through your tooth root into the jawbone. These small biocompatible posts actually bond with the jawbone, creating a strong and sturdy foundation for replacement teeth. Unlike removable dentures, these permanent replacement teeth, which are anchored to your dental implants, look and function just like your natural teeth, allowing you to eat, speak, smile and laugh with ease and confidence.

How Are They Placed?

Most patients will need at least two dental appointments to have their dental implants placed. During your first visit, the implant is placed into your jawbone by way of your existing tooth root. Over the next three to six months, the implant will fuse to the jawbone, creating a strong bond. Temporary dentures can be used while your dental implants heal, so you never have to worry about leaving our dentist office without a full set of teeth.

Once the dental implant has sufficiently bonded with the jawbone, you are ready to get fitted for your new custom-designed permanent replacement teeth. During this second visit, your dental implants will be uncovered and small abutments will be attached, which serve as the anchor for your new replacement teeth. After a few adjustments to ensure a secure fit and feel, you are equipped with a beautiful, beaming and permanent new smile!

What Are the Benefits of Dental Implants Over Other Restorations?

There are many reasons why dental implants are the preferred tooth replacement method over other types of techniques, including:

Improved Appearance: Your custom dental restorations are designed specifically to fit your unique facial structure, tooth shade and shape to ensure the most aesthetic look on each individual.

Permanent: Unlike temporary or removable teeth replacement solutions, dental implants are permanent and do not require any special or additional care.

Better Oral Health: Unlike dental bridges, which use adjacent teeth as anchors for a prosthetic tooth, there is no need to sacrifice any of your natural teeth with dental implants.

Convenient: With dental implants, there is no need to remove your teeth at night, clean them with special solutions or purchase messy adhesives. Simply brush and floss them just like your natural teeth.

How Do I Care for My Dental Implants?

After your dental implants are placed, they should last a lifetime with the right care. Daily brushing and flossing, as well as scheduling regular dental exams, will keep your mouth healthy and your implants beautiful and functional for many years to come.

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Zirconia Dental Implants

Dental implants can be a great way to permanently enhance your smile and boost your self-confidence. Traditional dental implants are comprised of titanium, which is typically biocompatible in most patients. Some patients, however, may prefer a more holistic alternative to traditional dental implants for several reasons, including if they are allergic or sensitive to titanium, want a faster surgical procedure, or are wary about metal corrosion in their mouth. Zirconia dental implants are gaining in popularity as a good alternative for replacing a missing tooth.

What are zirconia dental implants?

Zirconia dental implants are similar to conventional titanium dental implants in function. Just like traditional dental implants, they look like a small screw which is placed into your tooth root. Over a period of time, the material fuses naturally with the jawbone through a process known as osseointegration, which forges a sturdy foundation upon which to place your dental restoration, such as a crown or denture.

They are made of zirconium oxide, a biocompatible material that appears closer to ceramic than metal. It is white in color, unlike titanium, which is a shiny silver metallic, which is closer in appearance to one’s natural tooth color.

What are the benefits of choosing zirconia over other dental implant materials?

There are several reasons why zirconia dental implants might be the preferred option for some patients. They include:

Benefits for those with titanium allergies:

People with allergies to certain metals, like titanium, now have an option available to them to replace their teeth permanently with dental implants. Although zirconia is still a metal, it is hypoallergenic, which is an important feature for those with allergies to titanium.

Aesthetic appeal:

Zirconia is white in color, similar to a ceramic, which makes it match more closely in appearance to one’s natural tooth color. Even up close, a zirconium implant is nearly indistinguishable from one’s real tooth root, making it an attractive option.

Durability:

Zirconia resists corrosion and is extremely resistant to heat and fractures. This makes zirconium a durable and safe option for patients to consider if they are seeking a holistic, biocompatible and long-lasting dental implant solution.

Patients today have more and more options when it comes to improving their smile. If you are interested in learning more about alternatives to dentures or traditional titanium dental implants, contact our office today to learn more.

 

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Titanium Dental Implants

Dental implants can be an ideal tooth replacement solution for anyone suffering from a missing tooth or set of teeth to give them the dazzling, functional and natural-looking smile they’ve always wanted.

Traditional dental implants are small titanium posts that are inserted directly into one’s tooth root, which serves as a sturdy foundation for prosthetic fixed or removable dental restorations. Titanium is chosen as the material of choice because of its durability and biocompatibility in most patients.

How are titanium dental implants placed?

Initial Consultation

The first step to getting dental implants is to first find out if you are a qualified candidate for dental implants. Healthy individuals with sufficient bone left in their jaw to hold dental implants in place are considered qualified candidates. For those few who do not have sufficient bone left in their jaw – whether as a result of disease or tooth loss – can still become a candidate after some preliminary bone grafting procedures are completed. During your initial consultation with us, we will take x-rays of your teeth, gums and jawbone and review your medical and dental history to determine if you are a good candidate for titanium dental implants. Some patients who are allergic to metals may want to try material alternatives like zirconia dental implants.

Implant Procedure:

Once you are qualified as a candidate for dental implants and your treatment plan is prepared, you are ready for your dental implant procedure. If a tooth needs to be extracted before a dental implant is placed, both may take place on the same visit. Before inserting your dental implant into your tooth root, your dentist will give a sedative to put you at ease during your procedure. The titanium post is placed into the bone socket of the missing tooth, then left to heal. As the site heals, the dental implant will fuse gradually with the jawbone, anchoring it securely into place. While your dental implant heals, a temporary dental prosthetic, such as a denture, can be used.

Dental restoration placement:

While your dental implant bonds with the jawbone, a custom dental restoration is made just for you by a team of lab technicians. Upon your next visit, another small titanium piece called an abutment is attached to the dental implant, connecting your implant to your dental restoration. Dental restorations may be in the form of a single custom-made crown, several crowns or full or partial set of permanent dentures that are secured onto the implants.

Post-op care for your dental implants is the same as caring for your natural teeth, including twice-daily brushing and flossing and regular visits to your dentist for exams and professional teeth cleanings.

If you are interested in learning more about whether or not dental implants are the right solution for you, contact our office to schedule your initial consultation.

 

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All on 4 dental implants

Dental implants can be a great option for those who have suffered from moderate to severe tooth loss to help restore their chewing ability, comfort and overall appearance and self-confidence. They effectively replace a full set of teeth in a way that looks, feels and functions just like a natural set of teeth. For those missing a full arch of teeth, there may be a dental implant option that is a more cost-effective and less invasive alternative to traditional dental implants.

What are All on 4 dental implants ?

All on 4 dental implants are similar to traditional dental implants in that they can dramatically improve one’s smile, chewing ability and teeth stability. How they differ, however, is that only four total implants are placed per arch, instead of the six to eight that are required with traditional implants. The four implants are placed at an angle through the gums and into the jawbone, ensuring they receive maximum contact with the tissues beneath.

These dental implants can be placed in a single visit and even right after a tooth extraction. Also, since fewer implants are needed, they can be a good option for those with less bone tissue without needing extensive bone grafting or sinus augmentation procedures beforehand.

What are their benefits over other alternatives?

The benefits of All-on-4 dental implants are vast, including:

Lower cost:

Since fewer dental materials and time is required to place these implants, the cost tends to be lower than conventional dental implant options.

Faster procedure:

They can be placed in as little as one day, and can even take place right after a tooth extraction.

Faster recovery:

With just four dental implants placed instead of six to eight, the healing time needed for the bone and gum tissue is significantly reduced.

Good for people with minimal bone:

Those who used to require extensive bone grafting work to be completed before being a candidate for dental implants may be a candidate for All on 4s since fewer weight and pressure is applied to the bone.

Advances in implant dentistry has led to this revolutionary implant technique. If you have been told that you are not a qualified candidate for traditional implants or are seeking a more convenient or lower-cost solution to replace an entire arch of teeth, contact us today to see if this option is right for you.