Pediatric Dental Care in South Austin, TX
As pediatric dentists, we know how important it is to help children start healthy dental habits as early in life as possible. Along with routine and specialized dental services, our experienced team offers comprehensive educational tools to families who want to learn more about how to take care of their children’s teeth. For every dental need your infant, child, or adolescent may have, we have the training and knowledge necessary to help build a foundation for a healthy and beautiful smile that can last a lifetime!
Our pediatric dentistry procedures include, but are not limited to:
Exams & Cleanings (Prophylaxis)
Each regular exam includes a detailed teeth cleaning, in which we will clean, polish, and rinse the teeth to remove any tartar and plaque that have built up on the tooth’s surface. Our pediatric specialist will check for any problems that may not be seen or felt, look for cavities and signs of decay, inspect the teeth and gums for gingivitis and signs of periodontal disease.
Using the most advanced dental technology possible is just as important as staying up-to-date on the latest treatment techniques. Because our practice is dedicated to providing your child with the safest and most convenient treatment options available, we utilize advanced digital X-ray technology in our office.
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.
Sealants & Fillings
Sealants are typically applied to children’s teeth as a preventive measure against tooth decay after the permanent teeth have erupted. It is more common to seal “permanent” teeth rather than “baby” teeth, but every patient has unique needs, and your child’s dentist will recommend sealants on a case-by-case basis.
Direct fillings are placed immediately into a prepared cavity in a single visit. The dentist prepares the tooth, places the filling, and adjusts it in just one appointment. Indirect fillings such as inlays, onlays, veneers, crowns, and bridges, may take two or more visits, to allow for proper lab work and effective restoration.
There are times when it is necessary to remove a tooth. Sometimes a baby tooth has misshapen or long roots that prevent it from falling out as it should, and the tooth must be removed to make way for the permanent tooth to erupt. At other times, a tooth may have so much decay that it puts the surrounding teeth at risk of decay, so the doctor may recommend its removal. Infection, orthodontic correction, or problems with a wisdom tooth can also require removal of a tooth.
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