A dental crown is a restoration that covers or “caps” a tooth, restoring it to its normal size and shape while strengthening and protecting it from further cracking or breakage. Crowns are necessary when a tooth is damaged by decay to the point that a filling is no longer a treatment option. Sometimes when a dentist removes significant tooth decay or performs a nerve treatment, he or she will recommend capping the child’s affected tooth with a crown.
Composites or Fillings are a dental restoration that is made of a non-toxic substance. This durable material is primarily made or quartz, ceramic, or silica and are often referred to as tooth-colored fillings. They provide good durability and resistance to fractures in small to mid-size fillings that need to withstand moderate pressure from the constant stress of chewing.
Sealants protect the grooved and pitted surfaces of the teeth from bacteria and an acidic environment. They are especially effective on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth where most cavities in children are found. Sealants are made of a clear or shaded plastic and are applied to the teeth to help keep them cavity-free. They do not guarantee that your child will not get a cavity.
Fluoride is a compound that contains fluorine, a natural element, and is found in drinking water. Using small amounts of fluoride on a routine basis can help prevent tooth decay. Fluoride can be found as an active ingredient in many dental products such as toothpaste, mouth rinses, and varnish treatments.
Education is a priority. We want to make sure your child learns the importance of practicing daily oral hygiene. Our trained staff at our Meridian practice will show your child how to brush and floss properly and discuss proper nutrition.
Dental radiographs (X-rays) detect much more than cavities. They may be taken to survey erupting teeth, diagnose bone disease, evaluate the results of an injury, or plan orthodontic treatment. X-rays allow dentists to diagnose and treat conditions that cannot be detected during a clinical examination.
Great dental hygiene starts with routine cleanings for your child with a pediatric dentist. During appointments, we’ll show your child how to floss, brush and develop a great health care regimen he or she can carry into adulthood. We also make regularly scheduled cleanings a time of discovery as our team identifies and talks about each instrument they use.
Nitrous Oxide/Oxygen inhalation, also known as “laughing gas,” is a mild, colorless, sweet smelling form of sedative used by many dentists to help facilitate the patient’s dental treatment needs. It is safe and tolerated well by most children. Nitrous Oxide/oxygen inhalation can reduce anxiety and hyperactive gag reflex, and raise the pain-reaction threshold. It may produce sensations of euphoria, drowsiness, warmth and tingling of the hands and feet resulting in an increase of tolerance for longer appointments.
The pediatric dentist performs a root canal to repair and save an infected or damaged tooth. The procedure involves removing the nerve and the pulp. Then we sterilize and clean the inside of the tooth before sealing it. Left untreated, the tooth will become terribly infected and could cause abscesses.
Mouthguards usually cover the upper teeth and protect your child’s primary and adult teeth from damage due to impact. We recommend them for high contact sports like football, basketball, baseball, hockey and soccer during games, practice and scrimmages. If your child is a young athlete in Meridian, encourage them to be like LeBron and wear a mouthguard.
A dental extraction is the removal of teeth from the socket in the alveolar bone. The pediatric dentist performs extractions for a wide variety of reasons, but most commonly to remove teeth which can no longer be restored due to tooth decay, periodontal disease, dental trauma or orthodontic needs.
Life is full of surprises including dental emergencies. Don’t panic—we’re here to help our patients in Meridian, ID with pediatric dental emergencies.