Pediatric Dentistry in Troy MI
Gentle Pediatric Dentistry From Caring Professionals
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 dentists specialize 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 early 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 prevent a lot of potential problems in other areas of the child's life.
Dr. Ife loves children and has many years of experience working with kids of all ages, including 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!
More Involved Treatments
We can also provide 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 before a dental 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.
Common Services We Provide:
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.
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.
Treatment of Disease/Injury
When we diagnose oral disease or trauma, we will provide therapy or refer your child to an appropriately trained doctor for treatment when necessary. If your child sustains a dental emergency such as a toothache, knocked-out tooth, or fractured tooth, please call our office immediately.
If your child has a pit or fissure caries, they need to be sealed as soon as possible. We will use sealants to reduce the risk of a pit or fissures. Over the years, we shall periodically monitor and reassess your child’s sealant to either remove or replace the sealant as needed.
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.
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.
Crowns (caps) are required when the tooth is either too difficult to restore with a traditional filling, or when 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.
When a tooth is infected or injured, the tooth may require extraction in order to remedy any infection or pain. This process is usually very simple in children.
If your child’s baby tooth requires extraction or is lost well-before the adult tooth that replaces it shows up, a space maintainer may be required in order to preserve the space. These may be placed on one side of the mouth, or may extend to both sides of the mouth.
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.
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.
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.
Children with extreme dental phobia, extensive dental decay, and/or complex medical conditions often benefit from hospital dentistry in which the treatment is completed in one appointment while the patient is under general anesthesia. Our doctors have special hospital privileges at Children’s Hospital of Michigan (DMC) in Detroit where they are on-staff to treat patients of our offices. The decision to perform your child’s dental treatment under general anesthesia at the hospital will be thoroughly discussed with you by one of our pediatric dentists during your visit to our office.
Pulpal Therapy for Primary and Immature Teeth
If your child’s baby or adult teeth have large cavities that are 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