Utica MI's Best Choice For Kids Dentists Services
For The Best Kids Dentists Near Utica. Trust Children's Dental Specialists!
In 2003, Dr. Ifechide Nwabueze (Dr. Ife) graduated from the University of Benin in Nigeria. Her degree in dental surgery helped her to start her career working at the Army hospital in Nigeria as a general dentist, gaining professional experience in pediatrics, orthodontics, oral restoration, surgery, and periodontics. It was during this time at the Army hospital that she discovered her passion for working with children!
Dr. Ife earned her Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) from University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia in 2010. She went on to complete her Pediatric Dentistry training at the Children's Hospital of Michigan, in Detroit. During her time there, she focused on pediatric clinical and hospital dentistry, including conscious sedation, dental surgery, and emergency dental services. Also, she worked with medically compromised children and those with special needs.
Dr. Ife is committed to caring for children's teeth in a clean, comfortable, and welcoming environment. She has a true passion for caring and treating children and strives to make each child's visit to the dentist a fun and pleasant one.
Professional Affiliations and Certifications
- Diplomat American Board of Pediatric Dentistry
- American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
- American Dental Association
- Michigan Dental Association
- Affiliate Attending Dentist, Children's Hospital of Michigan (DMC) in Detroit
Kids Dentists Services Serving Utica
The pediatric team at Children's Dental Specialists can help your child if they're having certain oral health or development issues. Our pediatric dentist specializes in treating only children and teens. A pediatric dentist must complete advanced training in children's dentistry during their residency, after dental school, where they become equipped to diagnose and treat a range of complex childhood oral heath problems. From toddlers to teenagers, Children's Dental Specialists can help your child keep a happy, healthy, and confident smile in all the different stages of their life.
Tooth Care Affects More Than Tooth Health
If your child has continual problems with cavities, bleeding gums, or other oral issues, it could affect how well they can eat and bring on malnutrition rather quickly. Dental problems can also lead to speech that isn't that easy to understand. By teaching your child how to care for his or her teeth, you and the pediatric dentist can head off a lot of potential problems in other areas of the child's life.
Our Kids Dentists Specializes In These Services And More:
Digital Radiographs (X-rays)
Our digital X-ray equipment makes a time-consuming task a breeze. With a handheld device, we can take an x-ray while the child watches a movie. It takes half the time of older techniques and gives off MUCH less radiation.
Amalgam (Silver) Fillings
Dental amalgam is the most commonly used restorative material for the posterior teeth. Dental amalgam is effective in restoration of primary and permanent teeth.
Crowns (caps) are required when the tooth is either too difficult to restore with a traditional filling, or a tooth requires a pulpal therapy, in which case the tooth is restored with a crown to protect the tooth from further breakdown. Most often, stainless steel crowns are used to restore primary teeth, but there are options such as stainless steel crowns with white facings for esthetic areas of the mouth, or all-white zirconia crowns. Although there are several types of crowns, stainless steel crowns are most commonly used in pediatric patients because they are highly durable.
There are times when traditional approaches to treatment are insufficient to calm or soothe an extremely apprehensive or fearful child. Children who have experienced an unpleasant visit at the dentist may develop a phobia that can be carried over into adulthood and can lead to neglect of his/her oral health. The good news is that this fear can be reversed and children can actually develop a positive perception of going to the dentist regardless of negative past experiences. Children's Dental Specialists' goal is to provide all our patients warm, compassionate, and quality dental care. We believe that by providing treatment in a gentle and caring manner, we can instill confidence and a lasting positive impression of dental care in your child. We offer many treatment options, including oral sedation and hospital dentistry at Children's Hospital of Michigan in Detroit, tailored to the individual needs of our young patients and parents.
Pulpal Therapy for Primary and Immature Teeth
If your child's baby or adult teeth have large cavities that are either close to or into the nerve tissue, the tooth may require a pulpal therapy. We may either perform the following; a pulpotomy (removal of a portion of the infected nerve tissue leaving healthy tissue), a pulpectomy (removal of entire nerve tissue from canals), or root canal therapy. Symptoms that may require pulpal therapy include:
1. An abscess (or pimple) on the gums
2. Sensitivity to hot and cold
3. Severe toothache pain
4. Sometimes no symptoms are present
5. Swelling and/or tenderness
Your Child's First Visit To Our Kids Dentists Near Utica
Your child's first visit introduces your child to our caring staff and will help you to understand what you can do as a parent to instill proper oral health habits. The doctor checks for signs of proper development and then counts the teeth. Your child is evaluated and further treatment is planned if necessary. No matter what type of treatment your child needs, we are confident in our services and will make sure that your children have nothing but the best care and attention.
Baby Teeth Are Important
Baby teeth actually serve several functions. Keeping the primary teeth healthy is not only aesthetically pleasing, but if teeth decay and require extraction, it makes chewing difficult for the child. The decay of baby teeth can also damage the permanent teeth. Although your child's baby teeth or primary teeth are not permanent, they require the same dental care as the permanent teeth.
Doctor Ife is a very nice doctor that took her time with all three of my kids. All the staff members are really nice and friendly. My girls can't wait to come back for their next cleaning.Stephanie Arabo
We have always had a great experience. The gentle approach with my daughter is exactly what she needs regarding being afraid. We will always come back for the great experiences. Thank you!Smith Family (Zoe)
Brought all 4 children in. could not believe how sweet the staff was. They even cleaned, pulled teeth, and filled daughters teeth. Such a homey environment i will continue to come back. Very happy with service.Lisa