Quality Special Needs Dentist Serving Oakland County MI
Children's Dental Specialists Is Your #1 Source For Special Needs Dentist Services!
Dr. Ifechide Nwabueze (Dr. Ife) graduated from the University of Benin, Nigeria, with a degree in dental surgery in 2003. She's worked for two years as a general dentist for the Army hospital in Nigeria, where she specialized her skills in pediatrics, orthodontics, restoration, oral 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
Special Needs Dentist Services Serving Oakland County MI
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.
More Involved Treatments
We can also take care of acute care, such as children's cavity treatment and tooth restorations. Just as general tooth care can affect eating and speaking, so can chipped or sore teeth, even if they're just baby teeth. Most importantly, if your child is very nervous and needs to undergo sedation dentistry before a procedure, a pediatric specialist will have a better understanding of how the medication will affect your child and be able to carry out the procedure in a calm, caring, and friendly manner. If you need to bring your child in for dental treatment, contact Children's Dental Specialists today. We'll help your child learn about what is happening inside his or her mouth and provide you with best practices to keep that mouth healthy.
Our Special Needs Dentist Specializes In These Services And More:
Cleanings and Fluoride Application
We recommend a professional cleaning and fluoride application every 6 months to help protect the teeth and gums. For patients considered high-risk by the dentist for developing dental decay, a cleaning every 3 or 4 months may be considered.
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.
When a tooth is infected or injured, then the tooth may require extraction in order to remedy any infection or pain. This process is usually very simple in children.
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 Special Needs Dentist Near Oakland County MI
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.
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.
See What Others Are Saying:
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.