Exams, Cleaning & Common Procedures

Regular exams are an important part of maintaining your child’s dental health. During your child’s exam, we will:

Your child’s exam will take about 30 minutes. Each regular exam includes a detailed teeth cleaning, during which we will clean, polish, and rinse the teeth to remove any tartar and plaque that have built up on the tooth’s surface.

Visiting our office every six months gives you the chance to talk to the doctor about any questions you may have about your child’s oral health. Regular exams are offered by appointment only, so please contact our practice today to schedule your child’s next dental exam and teeth cleaning.

Crowns are a restorative procedure most often used for teeth that are broken, worn, or have portions broken down by decay. When there is insufficient healthy tooth structure remaining to hold a filling, a crown is needed. Unlike adult crowns, which require multiple appointments, a pediatric crown is completed in one visit. We offer both stainless steel crowns and Zirconia crowns. Read more about Zirconia crowns here.

There are times when it is necessary to remove a tooth. Sometimes a baby tooth does not fall out as it should, and the tooth must be removed to make way for the permanent tooth to erupt. 

When a baby tooth has an infection or abscess, it must be removed so that it does not damage the developing tooth underneath it. Sometimes an orthodontist requests that we remove a tooth in order to facilitate their orthodontic treatment.

When is has been determined that your child needs to have a tooth extracted, our staff will discuss any preferences for sedation with you.

A filling is a way to restore a tooth damaged by decay back to its normal function and shape. The dentist first removes the decayed tooth material, cleans the affected area, and then fills the cleaned out area with a filling material. We use composite resin tooth-colored fillings.

Fluoride is effective in preventing cavities and tooth decay and in preventing plaque from building up and hardening on the tooth’s surface. A fluoride treatment in a dentist’s office takes just a few minutes. After the treatment, your child may be asked not to rinse, eat, or drink for at least 30 minutes in order to allow the teeth to absorb the fluoride. Depending on your child's oral health or the doctor’s recommendation, a fluoride treatment may be required every three, six, or 12 months.

Whether your child wears braces or not, protecting his or her smile while playing sports is essential. Mouthguards help protect the teeth and gums from injury. If your child participates in any kind of full-contact sport, the American Dental Association recommends that he or she wear a mouthguard. Choosing the right mouthguard is essential. There are three basic types of mouthguards: the pre-made mouthguard, the “boil-and-bite” fitted mouthguard, and a custom-made mouthguard from the dentist. When you choose a mouthguard, be sure to pick one that is tear-resistant, comfortable and well-fitted for your mouth, easy to keep clean, and does not prevent your child from breathing properly. Your dentist can show your child how to wear a mouthguard properly and how to choose the right mouthguard to protect his or her smile.

Anatomic grooves or pits and fissures on the chewing surfaces of teeth trap food debris and promote the presence of bacteria, increasing the risk of tooth decay. Sealants penetrate and seal these surfaces, offering the teeth a layer of protection against cavities.

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The first step toward achieving a beautiful smile is to schedule an appointment. When you’ve completed this form, our scheduling coordinator will contact you and confirm your child’s upcoming appointment! If you need to cancel, reschedule, or you have a dental emergency, please call your preferred location.

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