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Do you allow parents to come back with their children?

Parents are invited back to accompany their child during the initial examination and during any treatment your child may receive. Parents are always allowed to accompany any child three years of age or younger We do encourage parents, however, to allow children to enter the treatment area alone if we think your child will behave better and have a more positive experience. Please let our receptionist know if you request special accommodations. If your child needs to be sedated for treatment or needs hospital dentistry care under general anesthesia, parents are asked not to accompany their child. There are no exceptions to this rule.

Why are “baby teeth” important?

Although primary teeth are often called baby teeth, the first tooth is usually lost around age six, while primary molars are normally lost between 10 to 13 years of age. Primary teeth are necessary for proper chewing, speech, development of the jaws, and esthetics. Taking care of primary teeth is important for proper oral function, to prevent cavities on permanent teeth, and to prevent pain and infections from occurring.

What are Space Maintainers?

A space maintainer is used to hold space for a permanent tooth when a baby tooth has been prematurely lost. If space is not maintained, teeth on either side of the missing tooth can drift into the space and prevent permanent teeth from erupting.

What is Nitrous Oxide/Oxygen?

Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas) is ALWAYS administered with oxygen. Nitrous oxide is a safe gas and is 100% exhaled by the patient. The combination of nitrous oxide and oxygen, inhaled by your child during the restorative appointment, is used to relax a mildly anxious child. Nitrous Oxide/oxygen also acts to minimize discomfort during dental treatment.Your child does not fall asleep and can effectively communicate with the dentist.Your child should be able to return to normal activities upon leaving the dental office, however limit the amount of physical activity immediately following treatment.

What are Stainless Steel Crowns?

Stainless steel crowns are silver colored “caps” used to restore teeth that are too badly decayed to hold fillings, need a nerve treatment, or when durability is a concern. Crowns with white facings can be used on front teeth.

What are composites (tooth colored fillings)?

Composites or tooth colored fillings are used to “fill” areas of decay, restore fractured teeth in which cosmetic appearance is important. The shade of the restoration material is matched as closely as possible to the color of the natural tooth.This is typically the restoration of choice, unless treatment conditions dictate the use of another material.

What are dental sealants and who can benefit from them?

The chewing surface of teeth is most at risk for developing cavities, and least benefited from the protective effects from fluoride. Sealants are adhesive coatings that are applied to the chewing surfaces of teeth and are very effective in preventing tooth decay. Current research shows that for children under the age of fifteen, 80% of cavities develop on the chewing surfaces of molars. Food and plaque accumulate in the tiny grooves of these chewing surfaces, which are normally very difficult to keep clean. In fact, toothbrush bristles may not effectively clean these grooves. Sealants prevent cavities by ‘sealing’ off these groves preventing bacteria to cause cavities in these areas.