Dental X-rays: Bitewing radiographs are used to determine the health of the teeth and bone. Cavities and unusual tooth shape and size are apparent on the bitewings. This type of x-ray is necessary to properly diagnose decay in between teeth. A panoramic radiograph gives an overall view of your child’s mouth and jaws. It reveals a lot of factors; such as missing permanent teeth, extra teeth, abnormal growths, and other problems. A panoramic is normally taken every 3 – 5 years in 3 stages of dental development.
--- Dental Cleaning & Fluoride: Dental cleanings are done to remove plaque and calculus (sugar bugs) from the teeth and gums. Topical fluoride is applied to the teeth right after a cleaning in order to make them stronger and more resistant to tooth decay. A cleaning and fluoride treatment every six months has been shown to be an extremely effective way to improve overall oral health.
---Sealants: The chewing surfaces of a child’s teeth consist of small grooves; making them the most prone to forming cavities and least benefited by fluorides. Sealants are a plastic material (can be clear or shaded) that are applied to these grooves on the back teeth. They act as barrier to plaque, food, and acid.
Tooth Colored Fillings: Tooth colored fillings are used to repair fractured teeth and/or areas of decay. A child can have tooth decay if feeling sensitivity to cold and hot foods or drinks. Fillings are done to help the sensitivity or pain, preventing any further damage from happening to the tooth They are also used to restore front teeth, where cosmetic appearance is important. The shade of restorative composite material is matched as closely as possible to the shade of the natural teeth. Tooth colored fillings are also used for back teeth.
Pulp Treatment: is necessary when the tooth’s decay has spread to the nerve, most of the time causing the patient a lot of discomfort. The procedure consists of treating the nerve of the tooth to avoid extracting the tooth. In most cases, a dental crown is placed to restore the tooth when it was too badly decayed. A crown is considered an aesthetic tooth shaped cap that is placed to provide the damaged tooth stability.
Extractionsare performed only as a last alternative solution. If a primary molar is extracted prematurely, a space maintainer will be required. If that space is not maintained, the teeth on either
Toothache: Clean the area of the affected tooth. Rinse the mouth meticulously with warm water or use dental floss to dislodge any food that might be impacted. If the pain still exists, contact us.
Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip or Cheek: Apply ice or ice pack to injured areas to help control swelling. If there is bleeding, apply firm and gentle pressure with a gauze or cloth. If bleeding cannot be controlled by simple pressure, call a doctor or visit the hospital emergency room.
Knocked Out or Displaced Permanent Tooth: If possible, find the tooth. Handle it by the crown, not by the root. You can rinse the tooth with water only. DO NOT clean with soap, scrub or handle the tooth unnecessarily. Inspect the tooth for fractures. If it is intact, try to reinsert it in the socket. Have your child hold the tooth in place by biting on a gauze. If you cannot reinsert the tooth, transport the tooth in a cup containing your child’s saliva or milk. If the he or she is old enough, the tooth may also be carried in the patient’s mouth (beside the cheek). Your child must see a dentist IMMEDIATELY! Time is a critical factor in saving the tooth.
Orthodontics: We use three alternatives to aligning teeth. There is the most common type, which is metal braces. They are made of a high-grade stainless steel and are very durable. For a more cosmetic appeal, we also offer clear braces, made of translucent ceramic material. However, these brackets are more fragile. Another alternative is the Invisalign system. This involves straightening teeth through clear aligners that have been computer simulated. Patients that are older in age are better candidates for Invisalign.