Kids Dentistry: Creating Good Habits for Life
At Aspire Dental Weymouth, our pediatric dentistry team combines our advanced knowledge of dentistry with child-friendly dental techniques to create the perfect environment for our youngest patients to receive dental care. Once your child has turned 2, they are ready to receive pediatric dental care at our South Weymouth dentist office.
We encourage you and your child to ask questions and are always here to address any concerns you have as a parent. We offer empathetic oral health education and use simple explanations to answer your child’s questions and reassure them.
Your Child’s First Visit
Our doctors understand that you want the best for your child. At Aspire Dental Weymouth, we focus on providing the highest quality pediatric dental care possible. It’s completely normal for a child to be unsure or nervous about their first dental visit, but at Aspire Dental Weymouth, they don’t have to be! Our practice is designed to make your child comfortable and excited to visit the dentist.
Baby teeth are not as strong as adult teeth. If your child’s tooth suffers a large cavity, the bacteria can damage the pulp inside the tooth, causing pain and inflammation. When the soft tissue inside the pulp chamber becomes infected or inflamed, our dentists might recommend a pulpotomy. Instead of removing the entire tooth, a medicated filling will be placed into the pulp chamber to try to keep the remaining pulp inside the tooth alive and healthy.
Tooth Colored Fillings
Treatment for cavities in children depends on how severe the decay is as well as each child’s age and risk of future cavities. At Aspire Dental Weymouth, we typically treat cavities with discreet, effective tooth-colored fillings.
Protective Dental Sealants
Protective dental sealants are thin coats of plastic painted onto your child’s back teeth to protect their deep grooves and depressions from accumulating bacteria and food particles. Studies show that 88% of cavities in American school-aged children are caused by food and bacteria being caught in rear molars.
At Aspire Dental Weymouth, we typically apply a protective sealant to your child’s back teeth, premolars, and molars. The sealant will last for several years, but we will continue to check it during your child’s regular dental appointments.
Dental crowns are tooth-shaped coverings cemented to a badly damaged tooth to restore the shape and functionality of the tooth. Our dentists may recommend a crown for your child’s tooth if it has a large cavity, was broken or chipped due to trauma, or if the tooth hasn’t developed correctly.
Unfortunately, sometimes a child’s tooth may be too badly decayed to save. In this case, an extraction will be performed. An extraction may also be recommended if the tooth is severely fractured or is crowding other healthy teeth.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentists (AAPD) advises that children be seen for a checkup every 6 months. These visits allow us to closely monitor new changes in your child’s mouth and ensure that you, as a parent, have the information you need to promote continued oral health in your child. Our dentists may suggest additional checkups if your child is more susceptible to cavities or if your child is showing signs of orthodontic problems.
Teeth-Strengthening Mineral Application
Dental teeth-strengthening mineral treatments are safe and effective in decreasing the amount of cavities in children. Our dentists often recommend this treatment along with dental sealants to help protect your child’s teeth. This teeth-strengthening mineral acts as a shield for the tooth’s outer enamel and can actually reverse early dental decay in some children.
Not all wisdom teeth need to be extracted – but some do. In many situations, it’s best to pull the wisdom teeth before they jeopardize your smile as a whole. If your wisdom tooth’s growth looks like it might cause damage to neighboring teeth, or cannot fully erupt, we may consider extraction.
We will take a panoramic radiograph of your entire jaw, so we can see the size, location, and developmental stage of the wisdom teeth in consideration. At the earliest, wisdom teeth are removed in the mid-teen years, but third molars do not finish developing until closer to about 30 years of age.
Tongue Tie Release Surgery / Frenectomy
Your child’s tongue is an important part of their oral structure. It affects the position of the teeth, periodontal tissue, swallowing, speech development, and nutrition. “Tongue Tie” is a condition where the tissue on the underside of the tongue that connects to the floor of their mouth is too short, limiting the tongue’s range of motion. In infants, it can cause problems with breastfeeding, and in young children, it can cause problems with speech. Treatment for this condition is relatively simple and early intervention is key.
Questions About Our Kids Dentistry Services?
Is your child due for a preventive checkup? Give Aspire Dental Weymouth a call to schedule their appointment today!