Madison Heights MI's First Choice For Pediatric Dentist Services
Children's Dental Specialists Is Your #1 Source For Pediatric Dentist Services!
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.
In addition to teaching undergraduates at the University Of Detroit Mercy Dental School, Dr. Ife has published numerous articles relating to pediatric dentistry, and pre-veneered stainless steel crowns on primary molars. Dr. Ife is married to John, an accountant, and they have three beautiful young daughters, Ashlea, Kayla, and Emily. She enjoys running, swimming, traveling, and spending time with family.
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
Pediatric Dentist Services Around Madison Heights
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 Pediatric Dentist 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.
If your child has a pit or fissure caries, they need to be sealed as soon as possible. We will use sealants to reduce the risk of a pit or fissures. Over the course of the years, we shall periodically monitor and reassess your child's sealant to either remove or replace the sealant as needed.
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.
Habit Appliance Therapy
If your child has habits such as thumb-sucking, finger-sucking, or tongue-thrusting, we have treatments that may help take care of the habits. Treatments may typically include use of a habit appliance and other options that our doctor may prescribe.
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 Pediatric Dentist Near Madison Heights
If you are the parent of an infant or toddler, the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommend that the first dental visit be scheduled shortly after your child reaches 6 months of age, or when the first tooth appears. The first dental visit can be a bit anxiety-inducing for both children and parents, but no worries -- our staff is fully equipped and trained to keep your child happy and calm.
Don't be nervous and wait too long for your child's first exam! Tooth decay can occur as soon as your child's first tooth is cut. Bacteria that are present in everyone's mouth changes the sugar in foods and drinks into acid. Every time your child eats or drinks, the sugar in the food or drink is changed into acid that can attack the teeth for 20 minutes or longer. Continued acid attacks lead to tooth decay and infections. Infections around the tooth can become serious perhaps requiring IV antibiotics or surgical drainage.
Additionally, it's important to get a baseline exam to see how your child's dental health is doing from the start. Our pediatric dentists will even demonstrate how to brush and care for your child's small teeth and properly address any odd patterns occurring - and address those quickly.
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
Thank you, You did the best.Jaki Family
Very nice to the children and parents. Great customer service. Cater to the children's every needs.Tamika