Common Procedures

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Regular Exams and Cleanings | Extractions | Fillings | Fluoride | Mouthguards | Nightguards


exams and cleanings

Regular Exams and Cleanings

We encourage parents to be stress free and ask any questions you may have. Regular exams are an important part of maintaining your child's oral health. We strive to keep visits short, simple and fun. 

Birth to 2 years: During these young years we have your young child simply sit on your lap while we work. This exam method is called the “lap-to-lap” exam method. 

Visiting our office every six months gives you the chance to talk to the doctor about any questions you may have about your child's oral health. Regular exams are offered by appointment only, so please contact our practice today to schedule your child's next dental exam and teeth cleaning.

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Extractions

There are times when it is necessary to remove a tooth. Sometimes a baby tooth has misshapen or long roots that prevent it from falling out as it should, and the tooth must be removed to make way for the permanent tooth to erupt. At other times, a tooth may have an infection, or is recommended to be removed for orthodontic correction. While this procedure is typically very quick, it is important to share with the doctor any concerns or preferences for sedation.

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Fillings

The typical resotrative material we use is made up of plastic compounds that mimic the appearance of natural teeth. These compounds, often called composite resins, and are white and natural in appearance. 

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Fluoride

Fluoride is effective in preventing cavities and tooth decay and in preventing plaque from building up and hardening on the tooth’s surface.  After the treatment, your child may be asked not to rinse, eat, or drink for at least 30 minutes in order to allow the teeth to absorb the fluoride. Depending on your child's oral health or the doctor’s recommendation, a fluoride treatment may be required every three, six, or 12 months.

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Mouthguards

mouthguardWhether your child wears braces or not, protecting his or her smile while playing sports is essential. Mouthguards help protect the teeth and gums from injury. If your child participates in any kind of full-contact sport, the American Dental Association recommends that he or she wear a mouthguard. Choosing the right mouthguard is essential. There are three basic types of mouthguards: the pre-made mouthguard, the “boil-and-bite” fitted mouthguard, and a custom-made mouthguard from the dentist. 

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Nightguards

nightguardIf your child often wakes up with jaw pain, earaches, or headaches, or if you see your child clenching or grinding his or her teeth, your child may have a common condition called “bruxism”. There is an easy, non-invasive treatment for bruxism: nightguards. Nightguards are an easy way to prevent the wear and damage that teeth-grinding causes over time. ↑ Back to top