Checkups and cleanings
Children receive checkups and cleanings every 6 months. This includes a thorough exam of the mouth, teeth and the face. Preschoolers get digital radiographs (X rays) as needed. A fluoride varnish is applied after the teeth are cleaned. Speech, growth, diet and tooth brushing are reviewed.
Sealants are a preventative treatment, where a material is placed in the pits and fissures or chewing surfaces of primary or permanent teeth. Molar teeth are considered the most susceptible teeth to cavities due to the anatomy of the chewing surfaces, which unfortunately is not protected by fluoride or saliva and instead favors the accumilation of plaque bacteria. This is a simple procedure that affords protection to the teeth and lasts up to 5 years or more.
Nitrous Oxide or Laughing Gas
When a child is scared or anxious about dental treatment, laughing gas can reduce anxiety and gagging in children and make long appointments easier. The child breathes the gas through a mask placed on the nose and remains fully conscious during treatment. Recovery after treatment is quick and complete as soon as the mask is removed. The doctor administers the proper amount to keep the child comfortable, awake and responding positively
Sedation is recommended for apprehensive children, very young children and children with special healthcare needs who would not be able to receive necessary dental care in a safe and comfortable manner without it. At Sparkles, we have a board certified anesthesiologist and all guidelines are strictly adhered to by using special monitoring and emergency equipment and trained support personnel.
Children are screened for growth and dental development at every check up appointment. In some cases children do not have enough space for their jaws to fit their permanent teeth or their jaws development requires evaluation. At Sparkles our tween and teens have the advantage of early intervention orthodontics if needed. We are able to modify facial growth when needed, redirect growth and undertake a variety of orthodontic treatment.
Some children require evaluation of oral muscles for swallowing, tongue thrust, mouth breathing, and language as well as articulation. If a child requires a speech evaluation by a Speech and Language Pathologist, a referral will be made in house and we have an experienced speech and language pathologist staff who will also evaluate developmental needs.
WHY FILL BABY TEETH WHEN THEY FALL OUT ANYWAY?
While it is true that baby teeth do eventually come out, it is also true that they are important to a child in the meantime.
Primary or baby teeth hold space for the permanent teeth to grow in. If one is lost, the others can shift into the empty space and prevent the permanent tooth from erupting. This often means a crooked smile in a child’s future. In addition, a decayed tooth can become abscessed and cause discomfort for a child, and can spread to other teeth and surrounding tissue. Left untreated, dental caries can result in a broad range of functional impairments that have far-reaching implications for growth, development, school performance, and peer relationships.
Sparkles is an Amalgam (silver/mercury) free dental practice. White fillings are used and our filling materials are BPA free.