TYPES OF TREATMENT

Types of Treatment

We use the latest technology in children's dentistry.

We partner with you to decide what treatment is best for your child, and value your opinion about any treatment option–for regular checkups, fillings, sedations, extractions, or root canals.  We use the newest procedures and techniques to ensure patient safety and comfort.

More Than Meets the Eye

BABY TEETH CAPPING

White Zirconium Crowns for Baby Teeth

Making the Right Decision

There are a number of factors to consider when deciding what type of restorative materials to select for a child’s filling. Children and parents alike are often concerned about the esthetics of restorative dental materials. However, the effectiveness and cost of the filling materials should be considered as well. When used in back teeth, tooth colored (composite) filling materials are more costly and are less wear resistant than silver.

Dental care for composite and silver tooth fillings is the same: brush, floss and keep regular dental visits. Practicing good oral hygiene will increase the longevity of all restorative dental work. We will check a filling for color changes, leakage and wear and inform a parent if the child needs the filling repaired or replaced. Parents are always encouraged to discuss available options and alternatives with us.

Digital radiography reduces radiation exposure and provides the best available diagnostic imaging.

LASER DENTISTRY

We love our Waterlase and DIAGNOdent lasers. So do our patients when they can have their cavities filled without numbing or shots! While we do not use the Waterlase for nerve treatments and crowns, many cavities can be filled with the new technology. Our office utilizes three Biolase Waterlase lasers and the ilase diode laser for dental treatment.

We use a DIAGNOdent, a red diode laser that is designed to detect cavities that are difficult to see and feel because they are hidden in the deep grooves and fissures of back teeth. This laser looks like a little red flashlight. The children are fascinated by this “magic wand” that helps us detect cavities while they are very small.

Great Things We Can Do With Lasers

The laser can be used for numbing the teeth and gums, removal of cavities and recontouring gum tissue. It can also help relieve painful canker sores and herpetic lesions while accelerating their healing time. Some of the other applications of a dental laser are: tongue tie release, reshaping excess gums, removal of thick gum tissue to help close a gap between front teeth, removal of soft tissue tumors and exposure of an unerupted tooth.

How it Works

A laser produces a very narrow and intense beam of light energy that may or may not be visible to the naked eye. When the laser light is directed at hard or soft tissues, it causes the tissue to evaporate. A laser is ideal to perform many procedures because it is very precise, gentle and safe. Since there is no heat or vibration, the laser reduces or eliminates the need for shots and anesthesia. For surgeries, the laser reduces the postoperative pain, swelling and bleeding.

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