Pediatric dentistry is a specialized branch of dentistry that focuses on treating children’s teeth. It is also known as pedodontics. The target groups for this field are infants, young children, and adolescents. A pediatric dentist performs the following:
The most common dental problems that affect kids are:
Specialized procedures are carried out to treat various problems. Your dentist chooses a treatment method depending on the nature and extent of the damage.
Your dentist applies a compound to remove stainings or any discoloration of your child’s teeth. This procedure is aimed at whitening teeth.
Extraction is always a last resort. The dentist removes a decayed or broken tooth and replaces it. If the gap is for a single tooth, he or she opts for a temporary crown to restore a deciduous tooth. For permanent teeth, your dentist may replace the tooth using a permanent crown or a dental implant. A dental bridge may be used in case the gap is bigger than a single tooth.
Pulp therapy involves the treatment of infected blood vessels and nerves in the teeth. This therapeutic method is resorted to in the case of a tooth injury or extensive tooth decay. A tooth with such a problem is painful and comes with difficulty in chewing. Failure to treat the problem, your child will be uncomfortable and may develop other problems.
Tooth-colored fillings are used to replace front teeth to enhance cosmetic appearance. They are used to repair broken teeth and decayed areas of a tooth.
Space maintainers are used to holding the space left when a primary tooth is lost. If space is not maintained, the teeth on both sides of the extraction may drift towards space and prevent the eruption of permanent teeth.
Crowns are used to replace lost teeth. Temporary crowns are used to replace primary teeth, and permanent ones are used to replacing permanent teeth. Stainless steel crowns are used to replace teeth that are severely decayed. They play a role in holding white and silver fillings.
Sealants are applied on the chewing surfaces of back teeth. They are fluoridated hence prevent tooth decay and dental cavities. They have a lifespan of 3 to 5 years. Some habits, such as chewing on ice, may shorten their lifespan.
Taking care of your child’s teeth is so important. It aids in:
Dr. Satinder Jawandha recommends the following measures in taking care of your child’s teeth:
Dentists recommend visits twice a year. There are factors that force you to visit sooner. Some of these factors are:
A dentist will examine potential problems upon visiting and opt for the most appropriate procedure to treat it. Dentistry for children is not painful at all. At Admire Dental Bristol, CT, we ensure that every procedure is not traumatic to your kid. Most of our treatments are carried out in a dentist’s office, and if need be, we use anesthesia to prevent pain. We only opt for tooth extraction if there is no other choice, and it’s mandatory.