Professional Special Needs Dentist Serving Southfield 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.
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
Special Needs Dentist Services Around Southfield
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 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.
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.
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.
Nitrous oxide, colorless and almost odorless gas, is a safe and an effective analgesic/anxiolygic agent used to calm a child's anxiety and pain during a dental procedure. Nitrous oxide is absorbed rapidly for both rapid onset and recovery.
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 Southfield
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
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)
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