Over the years, the children we have treated have enjoyed their visits to our office. We enjoy our ‘little’ patients and make every effort to make their visit stress free and fun.
Our goal is to help children develop dental habits that will ensure they maintain excellent dental health over their lifetime.
It is our experience that children introduced as early as three years old to regular dental checkups are more likely to maintain good dental health practices into their teenage and adult years. We’ve also noticed that children introduction at a young age have fewer phobias.
From a health standpoint, early diagnosis of potential tooth problems may prevent the issue from ever developing. Over time, a child’s consistent record of dental health and development will enable us to make proactive and informed decisions.
As a child develops to their adolescent years, changes to oral health can cause anxiety and apprehension. Regular visits to their dentist can go a long way to helping a child deal with these issues.
Tips for a child’s first visit:
-Take your child for an online ‘office tour’
-Let your child know your positive dental experiences
-Find materials (books, Internet..) to introduce your child to the dentist
During your first visit the dentist will:
-Evaluate adverse habits like thumb sucking
-Check to see if the child needs Fluoride
-Examine your child’s teeth, gums and mouth
-Teach your child how to clean their teeth and gums
-Discuss a schedule for regular dental checkups
The ADA defines a ‘comprehensive oral exam’ as “.. an extensive evaluation and the recording of all extraoral, intraoral and soft tissues”.
The ADA defines a ‘periodic oral exam’ as “..an exam that is done on established patients to determine any changes in dental and health status since a previous comprehensive or periodic evaluation”.
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends new patients have a comprehensive dental exam on their first visit and established patients undergo this exam every 3 years.
A comprehensive dental exam takes an entire appointment. Following is a general overview of what should be included in a comprehensive exam.
Areas to check:
Periodontal exam (gum and bones supporting the teeth)
Dental Exam (teeth)
Head and Neck Cancer Exam (soft tissues of mouth, throat and surrounding structures)
Occlusal Exam (Bite analysis
TMJ Exam (jaw joints)
Radiographic Exam (x-rays and various scans)
Salivary Function Exam (quantity and quality of saliva
Esthetic Exam (appearance of teeth and gums related to the face)
A comprehensive dental exam means no stone is left unturned and your dentist will know everything there is to know about your oral health.
An exam is recommended before undergoing the following procedures:
esthetic changes to your smile
implants to replace lost teeth
updating old dental restorations
been diagnosed with a medical problem or disease
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cover placed over a tooth and secured with dental cement. Crowns are generally used to improve the strength or appearance of the tooth. A dental impression usually takes place in order to fabricate the crown.
Most crowns are made from Gold and Porcelain:
Porcelain crowns are aesthetically more appealing and very natural looking.
Gold is usually used on the back teeth, is easier to use than porcelain and requires less tooth be drilled away.
Crowns are used to protect broken, worn down teeth. They are also used to cover dental implants, a dental bridge or a tooth with a large filling.
Bridges are used as a replacement for a missing tooth by attaching permanently to adjoining teeth or dental implants. They are an alternative to dental implants or dentures. Bridges are important because the teeth on either side of a missing tooth can shift and potentially lead to gum disease. Bridges are most often made with porcelain and gold.
Benefits of Dental Bridges:
Prevents moving and erosion
Last a long time
Restore ability to chew properly
Maintain the shape of the face
If you lost one or more teeth or have dentures and you’re ready for a permanent solution, consider an implant restoration. Replacing missing teeth can improve a patient’s self-esteem, the way they chew and how they talk.
Losing permanent teeth due to an accident, aging, or periodontal disease can be difficult, but you can get back the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted.
Dental Implant restorations facts:
Durable – the implant fuses to the bone making implants the most durable tooth replacement option
Long-Lasting - Implants can last a lifetime if properly maintained
Healthy Oral Solution – Implants don’t require reduction of bordering teeth
Natural Looking – Implants are designed to look like natural teeth
Improve Appearance and Restore Confidence
The Dental Implant restoration process:
The dental implant takes the place of the old root in the jaw bone
Over the next 2-6 months the implant fuses to the bone becoming an anchor for the artificial tooth.
The next step is to design the new replacement tooth. Once ready, the new tooth is attached to the implant – the patient will be able to chew and speak normally
When a patient loses several teeth, an implant supported bridge can be created to replace the missing teeth.