Utica MI's Leading 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.
Upon successful completion of her pediatric residency training, Dr. Ife worked as an associate in Dr. Amy Parker's pediatric dental practice and also in Children's Dental Care all in Michigan.
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 Near 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.
Dr. Ife loves children and has many years of experience working with kids of all ages and kids with special needs. We have what it takes to make your child feel safe and at ease in the dentist's chair. Even if your child is scared or unwilling to sit still for a treatment, you can rest assured that our staff has the proper training and tools to help make it a better experience for your little one, and you too!
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.
Composite (Tooth Colored) Fillings
A composite (tooth colored) filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, or fractures. The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed and then filled with a composite filling. There are many types of filling materials available, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. Composite fillings, along with silver amalgam fillings, are the most widely used today. Because composite fillings are tooth colored, they can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth, and are more aesthetically suited for use in front teeth or the more visible areas of the 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.
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 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.
Great first visit. Very friendly office staff and dentist. Thank you!Tara Shultz
Today's visit was great. It was my son Sean's 1st time and he had a few things wrong but they were great at treating him and taking good care of him. Very fast. Thank you.Sean Oliver & Family
Great customer service. Short waiting time. Dr. helped with taking the x-ray & provided great advice. Overall very happy with service.Jihan Badwilan.