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At Associated Pediatric Dentistry, we offer a variety of services to ensure that young patients receive the best dental care available. We understand that going to the dentist can cause anxiety for both children and their parents. Our entire staff is trained to help every patient feel as relaxed and comfortable as possible.

As a pediatric dental office, children are our specialty. Because of that, we have developed a unique way of talking with them. We use words like: “sleepy juice” for local anesthetic, “happy air” for nitrous oxide, and “wiggles” for extractions.

Services we offer include, but are not limited to:

Preventive Care

Preventive care is the cornerstone of good oral health. At the Associated Pediatric Dentistry, we use routine dental cleanings as an opportunity to educate our young patients on proper hygiene techniques. We also give parents tips on helping their children build a lifetime of healthy oral habits.

During your child’s dental cleaning, our hygienist will clean and polish your child’s teeth and the dentist will perform a complete examination. Should your child require additional restorative services, the dentist will explain the necessary treatments and answer any questions you may have.

Routine Dental Cleaning

It is suggested that children should be seen for a dental cleaning and routine exam every 6 months or as recommended by your child's dentist. During the cleaning, plaque and calculus will be removed from the teeth leaving behind a bright and polished smile.

Occasionally, (typically once a year), diagnostic radiographs (x-rays) need to be taken to help detect possible cavities in between teeth that cannot be seen by the naked eye.

Digital X-rays

Our practice is working towards going paperless and in doing so requires digital x-rays. X-rays are one of the most valuable tools a dentist has for diagnosing problems in the teeth and jaws, as not all issues can be detected by a visual examination alone. Especially in children, X-rays are used to monitor tooth growth and development as well as decay—helping us to keep their mouth and teeth healthy all along the way. Digital radiographs are one of the newest x-ray techniques around and will become the standard for the future!

Fluoride Treatment

Fluoride is a great agent used to help prevent tooth decay. It is naturally present in different amounts in almost all foods and water supplies. Benefits of using fluoride have been well known for over 50 years and are supported by many health and professional organizations.

Dental Sealants

Dental sealants are an important preventive measure that helps prevent decay on a child's permanent molars. Our dentists recommends that sealants be placed to help preserve your child’s teeth, and would be happy to discuss the benefits of sealants at your child’s next appointment!

Tooth-Colored (Composite) and Silver-Colored (Amalgam) Fillings

Depending on yours and the dentists’ discretion, fillings that are either tooth colored (composite) or silver colored (amalgam) will be recommended for your child. Composite material resin-based composite restorations were introduced in dentistry about 50 years ago. Amalgam material has been around for 150 years and is still most widely used around the world today (American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, 2014).

Extractions

At Associated Pediatric Dentistry, extractions are performed when removing a tooth is the best option for restoring the health of the patient's mouth. Our dentists may recommend an extraction when a tooth is:

  • Infected by periodontal (gum) disease
  • Significantly damaged or decayed
  • Impacted (stuck) in the mouth
  • Complications from trauma
  • Delayed exfoliation
  • Orthodontic request

Our dentists will do everything in their power to ensure that your child is comfortable during the treatment. Remember to make sure your child follows his instructions after the extraction.

Crowns

Crowns are necessary when a tooth is severely damaged or has suffered from advanced decay and cannot be fixed with bonded filling material. Crowns cover the remaining tooth and restore its function, strength, and esthetics. Several crown material options are available including non-metal crowns. Our dentists will discuss these on an individual basis depending on the area of the mouth that needs to be restored.

Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous Oxide or more commonly known as laughing gas is typically recommended for work appointments. Administered through flavored nosepiece, nitrous oxide allows the child to remain conscious and responsive throughout the procedure while all but eliminating the nervousness and worry associated with dental procedures. Nitrous oxide is considered safe by dental and medical professionals alike.

General Anesthesia

Ultimately, we provide general anesthesia in the hospital setting for young children who cannot comfortably complete care in the dental office, and for children with special health needs. In this instance, an anesthesiologist administers a sedation drug, rendering the child totally unconscious. Treatment is then performed alongside the dentist, anesthesiologist and assistant/nurses. This method is often used in cases where an extended procedure is to be performed (requiring multiple appointments) and or the child simply cannot relax for treatment. It is best to discuss the risks, benefits and alternatives to treatment with your dentist, pediatrician and anesthesiologist.

Special Needs Dental Care

Our dentists at Associated Pediatric Dentistry are trained and experienced in providing dental care to young patients who have special needs. Since pediatric dentists require two more years of training beyond dental school, our dentists have received specific training on how to properly care for patients with special needs; so you can be sure your child is in capable and caring hands. If you have any questions about special needs dental care for your child, don't hesitate to call one of our office locations today!

Emergency Care

When accidents happen, Associated Pediatric Dentistry is just a phone call away at one of our 3 locations. If a dental emergency occurs outside of our office hours, we always have one of our dentists on call to take care of your child. If this occurs please call our emergency line at 618-338-5437.