Pediatric Dentist

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Pediatric Dentistry in Frisco, TX

For our youngest patients, we focus on creating a relaxed, friendly environment where they feel comfortable. A great dentist-patient relationship starts with the earliest visits—usually once the first teeth start to come in. The first few visits are all about getting your child comfortable with the office, the staff, and our doctors. Though little is needed at this stage, these visits set the tone for more thorough exams in the future. They also establish the beginnings of a lifetime of great oral hygiene.

As children grow, they will begin to receive the same preventative exams and cleanings as their parents. We stress the importance of brushing teeth twice per day, drinking water instead of sugary juices and sodas, and eating a balanced diet.

Dental Sealants

Beyond consistent preventative care, dental sealants are the next best way to prevent tooth decay. The sealants create a physical barrier between the tooth and the outside world, which is full of bacteria and acids that can cause damage. If we recommend dental sealants for your child, we will check with your insurance company to see if they are covered—in many cases, they are. Your child’s first set of teeth serves several important purposes. We want to make sure they do not come out until the adult teeth are ready to take their place.

Fillings and Crowns

Sometimes, despite our best efforts at home, children develop cavities and decay that must be addressed. Fortunately, because of the less complex structure of baby teeth, fillings at this stage are relatively simple. They can often be completed without anesthetic.

In more extensive cases of tooth decay, we may instead place a crown on a baby tooth. Though these teeth will ultimately fall out on their own, baby teeth are needed for years before your child would otherwise lose them. Without the teeth in place, basic chewing is impaired, developing speech patterns can be interrupted, and even normal jaw formation can be negatively impacted.

Pulpotomies

A pulpotomy is a pediatric version of a root canal. Just as with crowns, pulpotomies are sometimes necessary to preserve the tooth until your child’s permanent tooth is ready to come in. In cases where decay has negatively impacted the root structure, a pulpotomy may be the best option.

Common Childhood Dental Emergencies

As parents, we know kids are great at getting hurt. Sometimes it can be difficult to know what counts as an emergency, and what can wait to be seen. The most common pediatric dental emergencies we see include:

  •         Knocked out teeth: Call our office right away if your child has a tooth knocked out. If possible, place the tooth in milk and bring it with you. If we can act quickly enough, we can put it back in place. While a pulpotomy will be required, the tooth will reattach to the bone if it is replaced in time.
  •         Broken tooth: between playground accidents, rough housing with siblings, and other common incidents, broken teeth are common. Call our office right away, and if you see any cuts or abrasions, rinse them with clean water.
  •         Complaints of tooth pain: if your child is complaining of tooth pain, but you do not see any obvious cause, call us to schedule an exam. Tooth pain in kids can be as simple as an adult tooth applying pressure on a baby tooth, or it can be a sign of a cavity or abscess.