Quality Special Needs Dentist Around Utica MI
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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.
Feeling Anxious About Your Child's Dental Visit?
Our team understands a parent's anxiety associated with each dental visit. We hope to alleviate your concerns by ensuring good quality service, reassurance, reliability, empathy and responsiveness. We will happily answer any and all questions before, during, and after your child's visit.
Special Needs 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.
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 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) 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 Special Needs 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.
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
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)
Very nice to the children and parents. Great customer service. Cater to the children's every needs.Tamika