Checkups and cleanings should start with when the child’s first tooth comes in and continue regularly every 6 month, unless directed otherwise by your dentist.
X-rays are a tool we use to take a better look at how the teeth are developing. X-rays will show if there are spots of decay on the teeth, it gives us a better look between the teeth and they help us see bone density.
Sealants are a protective coating put on the grooves of the teeth to help prevent cavities. The grooves on the top of the molars are harder to get clean, and sealants help prevent bacteria building up in the grooves causing decay and the need for a filling.
Fillings are used to save a tooth that has been impacted by a small amount of decay. When a tooth is impacted by decay, the dentist uses his or her drill to remove the bacteria and builds the tooth back up with filling material.
A crown is used to save the natural tooth after it has been impacted by a large amount of decay. A crown, or commonly called a cap, sits on top of the base of the natural tooth and serves as the chewing surface of the tooth.
Space maintainers are placed in the mouth to hold a place for the permanent teeth below the gum to come in properly and to prevent crowding.
Sometimes, children need a little help relaxing during a dental visit for extensive dental treatment. Pediatric dentists are certified to use sedation dentistry on children may recommend sedation to help your child feel more comfortable about the visit and the treatment (general dentist typically do not sedate a child under the age of 13).
At Kid’s Dentistree, we welcome children with special needs. Dental care is important for everyone, and we will make any accommodations that we can to ensure a child with special needs has a positive experience at the dentist.