Pontiac MI's Best Choice For Special Needs Dentist Services

Children's Dental Specialists Is Your #1 Source For Special Needs Dentist Services!

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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.

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

Hospital Privileges:

  • Affiliate Attending Dentist, Children's Hospital of Michigan (DMC) in Detroit

Special Needs Dentist Services Serving Pontiac

If your child is having certain oral health or development issues, the pediatric dental specialists at Children's Dental Specialists are here to help. 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.

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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:

Treatment of Disease/Injury

When we diagnose oral disease or trauma, we will provide therapy or when necessary refer your child to an appropriately trained doctor for treatment. If your child sustains a dental emergency, such as a toothache, knocked out tooth, or fractured tooth, please call our office immediately.

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)

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.

Sedation Dentistry

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 Special Needs Dentist Near Pontiac

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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.

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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.


Special Needs Dentist Pontiac MI - Children's Dental Specialists - happy1Testimonials:

Great first visit. Very friendly office staff and dentist. Thank you! Tara Shultz
Thank you, You did the best. Jaki Family
I brought in my son for an emergency visit- he had tooth pain and one of his teeth fell out. The staff is wonderful, the Doctor was very patient and knowledgeable about dealing with children. It was the first time for my son to experience his being pulled out and he had a wonderful experience. The clinic is extremely clean. Diala

For the best special needs dentist near Pontiac or in the Metro Detroit area, look no further than Children's Dental Specialists! Contact our team today to schedule your appointment, ask questions, and see why we're the preferred pediatric dental specialists in your area!