A Pediatric Dentist Can Treat Complex Oral Health Problems
A pediatric dentist can provide medical care for complex oral health issues. Most children visit our office to receive dental cleanings and examinations, among other types of preventative care. We also have the ability to treat children that have suffered serious oral health problems or dental damage.
Problems with oral health
If a child does not visit a pediatric dentist on a regular basis and have a good oral hygiene routine at home, they are likely to suffer from things like dental decay and infections. Because children have difficulty communicating how they feel, parents will often be unaware that their child is struggling with something like an infected tooth until the problem has become severe and a child can no longer stand the discomfort. By this point, there is a good chance that the tooth will be in very bad shape and may even need an extraction. This is why we want parents to bring their children in twice a year so that we can examine them and identify any problems early. However, if that has not happened, we are able to treat children with serious oral health problems.
Some of the conditions we treat
#1. Dental decay
To treat decay we need to remove it. After numbing the area and providing a child with pain medication, we will use a dental drill to remove the decayed portion of the tooth, clean the area and then place a tooth colored dental filling so that the restoration can be complete. This can be done relatively quickly, though if there are several teeth with decay we may schedule more than one appointment so a child does not have to sit for too long.
#2. Dental infections
There are varying degrees of dental infection. To address this, we may need to prescribe antibiotics that can be taken for a week or so. This can help to clear up the infection but the source of the infection also needs to be removed. This may require a root canal to be completed. However, since children have a limited ability to sit still, we sometimes need to put them to sleep when performing such a significant procedure.
If the tooth that is infected or seriously damaged is a baby tooth, we may recommend extracting it instead. It depends on the severity of the damage and the health of the roots. We can complete that extraction in our office after providing a child with the appropriate pain medication.
We also fix dental damage
We recommend that parents bring a child to our pediatric dentist office as soon as the tooth becomes damaged. We can restore teeth that have been cracked, chipped or have enamel missing. The most common restorations we use are dental crowns and dental bonding.
- Dental crowns. Crowns surround the tooth so that it is completely protected. This is an excellent option if budget is an issue or some of the enamel is missing.
- Dental bonding. This is is a popular solution for cracks or chips since bonding material can be placed and hardened fairly quickly during one appointment. This is a noninvasive solution that is quite popular because of how quickly we can complete the process.
Visit our pediatric dentist office at the first sign of a problem
Ultimately, we hope that parents bring children in twice a year so that we can examine them, clean their teeth and address any dental issues while they are small and easy to correct. This is better for our young patients because it helps them to be far more comfortable. However, if this has not happened or if a tooth becomes damaged or infected anyway, it is important to bring a child to our office immediately. The faster we can treat the problem, the less discomfort a child will feel.