Pediatric Dentistry – Think of it as A to Z Treatment for Your Child’s Dental Health
Pediatric Dentistry at your Peabody children’s dentist covers a wide range of services. Keep your child’s teeth and gums healthy and prevent the need for costly treatment.
Preventive treatment protects your child’s teeth
- Establish your child’s dental routine early with consistent examinations and teeth cleanings.
- Protect your child’s teeth from tooth decay and dental cavities with fluoride treatment.
- Effectively and safely diagnose your child’s dental treatment with digital x-rays
Restorative dental treatment solves your child’s tooth issues and strengthens their teeth for long term health.
- Protect and strengthen your child’s teeth with dental crowns, dental sealants, and dental bonding.
- Improve your child’s tooth development success with space maintainers, wisdom teeth extractions, and root canals.
- Assure your child a comfortable and relaxing dental appointment with sedation options including nitrous oxide.
Dental x-rays are safe and expose your child to a minimal amount of radiation. Today’s x-ray equipment prevents unnecessary radiation and allows your dentist to focus the technology on a specific part of the mouth.
High-speed film enables your dentist to reduce the amount of radiation your child receives.A lead body apron is also used to help assure a safe, healthy x-ray.
- Observe how your child’s teeth are developing
- View the number, size, and position of their teeth that are still inside the gums
- Determine the presence of any missing teeth or extra teeth
- Monitor their mouth and observe any tooth injuries
- Observe any infection in their teeth or mouth.
- Prepare for braces and other orthodontic treatment
- Detect problems that can’t be seen with a visual exam
- Identify any bone diseases
- Diagnose cavities between their teeth
During your child’s appointment, their teeth are cleaned using an electric brush and special toothpaste. For older children, an ultra sonic scaler is used to remove plaque and tartar build-up from their teeth.
Fluoride treatment can also be applied to your child’s teeth to strengthen their tooth enamel. If a fluoride varnish is used, your child can eat right away, but are advised to stay away from hot foods or carbonated drinks, like soda. If fluoride foam is used, children are asked not to eat or drink for at least thirty minutes. It’s common for the chewing surfaces of their teeth to feel sticky but it is important not to remove the fluoride by brushing. Fluoride strengthens their teeth the longer it remains.
Scheduling your child for dental cleanings at least twice a year helps prevent oral disease. Your children’s dentist can detect early problems that could lead to more serious and more costly treatment.
A tooth colored filling is made of composite resin material. After tooth decay is removed and cleaned, the tooth colored material fills the prepared tooth surface. These fillings are generally strong and resistant to the daily pressures that your child places on their tooth.
During the dental exam, your child’s dentist may identify cavities. Digital x-rays and a dental exam can uncover areas of decay. If the area of decay is not too large, the tooth can be treated with a simple filling.
Your child’s dentist will numb the area where the filling will be placed. Typically, the procedure is completed quickly and pain-free. After the filling is placed, your child could experience sensitivity on the treated tooth. This sensitivity can last up to two weeks, but will subside over time.
Following treatment it is important for your child to maintain good oral health habits. Brushing and flossing two times a day canhelp prevent decay from returning.
Dental sealants act as a barrier to prevent cavities. They are a resin material that are applied to the chewing surfaces of your child’s back teeth (premolars and molars) where decay occurs most often.
Sealants protect these vulnerable areas by “sealing out” plaque and food. They are easy for your children’s dentist to apply and will protect their teeth from decay while in place.
Sealants hold up well under the force of normal chewing and may last several years before a reapplication is needed. During your child’s regular dental visits, your dentist will check the condition of the sealants and reapply them when necessary.
There are occasions when a dental filling is not adequate to treat a cavity in your child’s tooth. A dental crown can be used to strengthen their tooth structure and enhance their appearance.
Crowns can restore a tooth’s size, improve its appearance, relieve pain, prevent further damage, and increase its function by providing proper bite alignment.
The pulp in your child’s teeth includes the tissue, nerves, and blood vessels within the interior and root canals of their tooth. Teeth affected by dental cavities, traumatic injury, or other causes can lead to pulp exposure, pain and inflammation.
When this occurs a root canal maintains the integrity and health of the tooth and the supporting tissues.
Root canal treatment is a safe and effective way to eliminate tooth pain and to prevent tooth loss from decay or injury.
Signs of inflamed or infected pulp include:
- Constant or unexplained pain
- Nighttime pain
- Sensitivity to hot or cold food temperatures
- Swelling around the infected tooth
Call our dental office if your child has any of these symptoms.
A tooth extraction is often necessary to remove a damaged, diseased, or poorly developed tooth. This can be a scary procedure for your child especially when they are unsure about what to expect.
A tooth or teeth may also be extracted to prepare your child for orthodontic treatment. Extractions are often necessary to make room for shifting teeth, those that are fractured beyond repair, teeth that are overcrowded, or if their wisdom teeth are improperly developed.
Many children will have their wisdom teeth extracted between the ages of 17 to 21. Some children may not require the removal of their wisdom teeth.
Your child can easily chip or crack their teeth while playing sports or during their active lifestyle. Their tooth can be repaired and restored to its natural strength, shape, and size.
Dental bonding is a minimally invasive procedure that can improve the appearance of your child’s chipped, cracked, misaligned, or discolored teeth.
Your child’s baby teeth typically stay in place until they are “pushed out” by a permanent tooth. Unfortunately, some children lose baby teeth too early. This can cause problems for your child’s developing teeth.
A space maintainer is used to solve early tooth loss issues. The device creates room in their mouth for their adult teeth when they lose their baby teeth too early.
Teeth whitening is a popular solution for improving the appearance of your smile. Though it’s increased in popularity among teens, the American Academy of General Dentistry recommends using whitening products after the age of 14.
We recommend scheduling an appointment to discuss your child’s teeth whitening options when they have reached the appropriate age.