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We are very excited to offer in-office sedation treatment. Our Pediatric Anesthesiologist, M.D. provides those children who are not candidates for conventional office treatment the opportunity for comprehensive care.

Reasons to consider sedation dentistry:

  1. Some children due to age or anxiety cannot cope with traditional dental treatment
  2. Patients with physical or intellectual challenges
  3. Extensive work is much easier for a young child to tolerate in a one-appointment sedation visit, versus multiple long appointments in the dental chair or a restraint board

Dentist tools and equipment at dental office

One of the most important services we provide is dental care for the special needs child. Not only are we able to design specific healthcare programs for these children, but we also have the capabilities of completing their dental work in one visit while sedated. Every child should have the opportunity to receive the best care possible.

Special needs mom and daughter

Nitrous oxide is a gas made up of nitrogen and oxygen. It is inhaled along with oxygen through a nasal mask. Depending on the procedure, nitrous oxide can be used alone or in conjunction with local anesthetic to make the patient relaxed and comfortable during treatment. It DOES NOT put the patient to sleep. Rather, the child is completely awake while benefiting from the effects of the nitrous oxide. Some of the positive working qualities include: raising the child’s pain threshold and making time appear to pass quickly. The gas is fast acting and breathing regular air for five minutes after use will allow the patient to leave the office the exact state they came in. Young children and children with anxiety can benefit greatly from its use.

A sealant is a plastic material (BPA free resin) applied on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth.  The resin flows into the grooves of the teeth. Once the pits and grooves are covered, food and plaque cannot get in. The sealant forms a barrier against acid attacks which promote cavity formation.

The adult teeth most susceptible to cavities are the first and second adult molars.  These teeth have deeper pits and grooves that trap plaque and bits of food.  Being the most posterior teeth, these pits and grooves are hard to keep clean because toothbrush bristles cannot get into them.  However, any tooth with grooves or pits may benefit from sealant placement.

Sealants are applied in one visit.  The teeth are conditioned for the sealant application and the sealant is painted directly on the chewing surface of the teeth.  A special light may be used to help the sealant harden.

Make sure your child still brushes and flosses daily and keeps their regularly scheduled recare appointments.  Although sealants are a wonderful adjust to your child’s preventive oral health plan, poor hygiene and severe grinding may cause them to wear and chip.  They may need to be reapplied to continue to protect your child’s teeth.

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The newest generations of tooth-colored fillings, called composites, are the most life-like materials dentists use to fill cavities.  Not only are these materials able to duplicate the true appearance of the tooth, but they also provide strength to the tooth being restored.  Unlike the silver amalgam fillings, composite materials decrease the chance of temperature sensitivity by bonding directly to the tooth.  Another important benefit of resin composite is its ability to release small amounts of fluoride, helping to prevent further tooth decay.  Here at Smiles4Kids™, only tooth-colored composites are used to restore your child’s teeth.

Composite Filling Material

We have the ability to change the size, shape, and color of a tooth to achieve a more esthetic smile.  This is completed using a resin bonding material.  Bonding is a restoration that will service your child through their teen years, until other more permanent restorations such as veneers or crowns can be considered.  Similar in color and texture to natural teeth, the restorations are much less noticeable and more attractive than other types of fillings. Regularly maintained recare appointments are essential, particularly since bonding does stain, discolor, wear, and or/chip.  Repairing a fractured tooth from decay or an accident with bonding material can do wonders to provide a natural appearance and confident smile for your child.

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Bleaching teeth has become one of the more popular procedures in the dental office today. Bleaching is a very safe and cost effective cosmetic treatment for children and young adults. Usually, the best time to evaluate whether or not your child is a good candidate for bleaching is after completion of orthodontics, and all permanent teeth are present.

Bleaching can last for years, depending on whether or not you consume acid containing foods or staining foods such as teas, colas and fruit juices. Bleaching will eventually fade, but it is relatively simple to periodically rebleach as needed.

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For years, the medical community has relied on digital imaging using photo stimulated phosphor technology to make diagnostic information more accessible and valuable.

Gendex® designed the DenOptix Digital Imaging System to meet the specific needs of the dental profession. It generates pictures that are diagnostically equivalent to film-based images without the hassles of film.

That’s just the beginning! A collection of powerful image enhancement tools gives you remarkable viewing options, including: zoom, control brightness and contrast, colorize, emboss, measure, smooth and more.
Dentists, patients, and parents can visualize procedures as never before.

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The American Dental Association has reported that faceguards and mouth guards prevent more than 200,000 orofacial injuries in football alone this year. The National Youth Sports Foundation for Safety reports that dental injuries are the most common orofacial injury sustained during participation in sports. Surprsingly, non-contact sports have twice the number of dental injuries as contact sports because mouthguards are generally thought to be unnecessary.

As parents, it is your obligation to make sure your child is properly protected from oral trauma in sports by having your pediatric dentist fabricate a form-fitting mouthguard.

There are several types of mouthguards:

  1. Stock: These are available over-the-counter at sporting goods stores. Just open the package and place the mouthguard directly into the mouth. This type is held in place by constant biting pressure, and otherwise has no retention. Because on impact it can easily dislodge, this mouthguard is considered to offer the least amount of protection. Speaking is also difficult with this type of mouthguard.
  2. Boil and Bite: This type is the most commonly used today. This mouthguard is also purchased over-the-counter at sporting goods stores, or made in the locker room by coaches. To fabricate the mouthguard correctly, the athlete is asked to bite down during the forming process while the material is soft and pliable. The boil and bite mouthguards have a dramatic decrease in thickness (70%-99%) during forming, thus providing the athlete with a false sense of protection.
  3. The multi-laminated heat/pressure mouthguard fabricated by our laboratories is the treatment of choice for the ultimate in orofacial athletic protection. This mouthguard offers an appropriate thickness and therefore will deliver the safest and most appropriate protection for the athlete. When an impact happens, shock absorption will occur and there will be an equal distribution and transfer of the impact forces throughout the mouthguard, thereby minimizing the chance for concussion and other serious injuries.

First aid, ambulance concept vector.We are always available in the case of a dental emergency. Just call the office for the pager number of the doctor on call. He or she will call you back as soon as possible.
Most injuries to baby teeth occur during the toddler years when children are learning to walk, yet lack good coordination. The central incisors (i.e., the top front teeth) are most frequently affected. In the permanent dentition, the most common age for dental trauma is ages 8 to 11 years old. At these ages oral injury is common during sports activities.