Comprehensive Pediatric Dentistry


Routine Dental Checkup


What our Kangaroo Smiles dental check consists of.

Our dental check-ups typically consist of an examination of your child’s teeth, a professional dental cleaning, a fluoride treatment, and a set of dental X-rays. Routine dental check-ups can help prevent any serious dental problems and keep your children’s teeth healthy and beautiful.

In fact, The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry suggests that your child get a checkup every six months in order to prevent cavities and other dental problems.

Fluoride Treatment


Fluoride vitamin treatments help to strengthen your child’s teeth and prevent cavities.

Research has shown that fluoride not only reduces cavities in children and adults, but it also helps repair the early stages of tooth decay, even before the decay is visible. Fluoride is one of the best cavity fighters around for children two years of age and older.

Dr. Mona uses a fluoride treatment that can help protect your child’s teeth for several months! For more information click this link from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.

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Protective Dental Sealants


Dental sealants can be applied to the grooves of the chewing surfaces of the back teeth to protect the teeth from tooth decay.

They work by sealing out food and plaque, thereby adding extra protection to the hard to reach pitted areas. Sealants can be applied quickly with no shots or drilling, effectively protecting your child’s teeth for years to come. They are a powerful tool to aid in your child’s overall oral health.

For more information, click on the following helpful link from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.

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“White” Dental Fillings


What are “white” fillings?

White dental fillings provide durability and resistance to fracture in small- to mid-size fillings that need to withstand the pressure from the constant stress of chewing. They can be used on either front or back teeth.
White or tooth-colored fillings require the removal of less tooth material than traditional metal fillings. Since the fillings look just like your child’s natural tooth, no one will even notice a difference in your child’s smile.

Digital X-Rays


Dr. Mona follows the recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry regarding the conservative use of dental X-rays.

X-rays are an essential part of any dental care treatment plan. They are diagnostic, but they can also be preventative, by helping us to diagnose potential oral care issues in a patient’s mouth before they become a major problem. Digital X-rays are a fast and comfortable tool we use to assess your child’s dental needs. They also emit up to 90% less radiation than conventional X-rays. Since the X-rays are all digital, Dr. Mona is able to view and discuss the images with you immediately and point out any area of concern.

Baby Tooth Root Canals (Pulpotomy/Pulpectomy)


If a cavity is very big and has infected the nerve of the tooth Dr. Mona may recommend we perform a baby tooth root canal.

Root canal or “Pulpotomy” treatment for babies is perfectly safe and effective for remedying problems associated with permanent teeth.
Dr. Mona only recommends this procedure if she feels keeping that tooth is very important for your child’s development. Many times the only alternative is extracting the tooth. A baby root canal removes the infection from the inside of the tooth and nerve. It is a short procedure and we usually place a stainless steel crown over the tooth after.

Stainless Steel Pediatric Crowns


Stainless Steel crowns are used to restore teeth when the cavity is too big to be fixed with a white filling or after a baby tooth root canal.

White fillings are not a good choice for restoring big cavities because they will have a much lower chance of success. Stainless steel crowns are very durable and can last until your child loses his or her baby teeth. In fact, the American Academy of  Pediatric Dentistry agrees and recommends restoring the tooth with a stainless steel crown.  As your child naturally loses their baby tooth, the crown will come out with it.

Tooth Extractions


Some situations may require the extraction or removal of one or more of your child’s teeth.

Extractions may be recommended for any number of reasons. For example, traumatic injury to teeth, an extremely large cavity making the tooth beyond fixable, an infection or abscess, OR a baby tooth not falling out after the adult tooth has already come in are all possible reasons Dr. Mona may recommend going forward with an extraction. Dr. Mona is happy to discuss the best plan of action for your child.

Space Maintainers


If a baby tooth has to be removed before it is naturally ready to come out, Dr. Mona may recommend a space maintainer.

If one primary tooth is missing for more than a short period, there’s more of a risk of other teeth becoming loose because they aren’t properly supported. Space maintainers help prevent the teeth around the one that was removed from shifting, leading to space loss. It is important to prevent space loss so that all of your child’s adult teeth will have room to come in. Depending on when the tooth was lost and when the next one will come in, Dr. Mona will be able to determine if and when a space maintainer is needed.

Custom Athletic Mouthguards


Children and teens who participate in contact sports and high-impact recreational activities are at an increased risk of dental injury.

The wearing of mouthguards is absolutely crucial to your child’s wellbeing. Athletic mouthguards not only protect your child’s teeth and soft tissue from injury, but they can also help prevent more serious head trauma like concussions. All children participating in sports should have one. The American Dental Association backs that up by stating that mouthguard use has been shown to reduce the risk of sport-related dental injuries. It is vital that your child has the right guard with the right fit.

Tooth Whitening


Older children with no remaining baby teeth in their mouth are eligible for our various tooth whitening procedures.

A smile is important! Once your child is old enough, they may want to whiten their teeth. A fantastic smile can make all the difference when it comes to their confidence. Whether it is to get an extra dazzling smile right before prom or for that wow factor after braces come off, Dr. Mona has several options available. She wants to make sure they have the best smile possible!

Emergencies


Dr. Mona is very familiar with the phrase, “Accidents happen.”

No matter the situation, be it a cracked or totally broken tooth to one that has been knocked out completely, Dr. Mona knows how to handle it. If your child experiences a dental accident that causes him or her any amount of dental pain, call us immediately. We can talk you through the situation and help relieve your stress. If needed, we will schedule a same-day emergency appointment. We would rather you be safe than sorry, so if you think it is an emergency, call us!

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