Specialists for Infants, Children, Adolescents and Those with Special Health Care Needs
Our mission is to provide our patients with the highest quality of care in a compassionate and gentle manner. We focus on education and preventative care, and want to help children develop great oral hygiene habits for a lifetime of optimal oral health. We strive to ensure each child has a fun and educational dental experience. As pediatric specialists, our dentists are trained in pediatric diagnosis and treatment, and are committed to keeping current on the latest advances in pediatric dentistry. We look forward to meeting with you and your child and sharing our passion and expertise for your child’s dental health.
Give us a call today at 435.688.8827 today to schedule an appointment!
Brett K. Christensen, DMD
Dr. Christensen grew up in Blackfoot, Idaho. He graduated from Idaho State University in 1995 and was accepted to Dental School in 1997. Dr. Christensen graduated from Louisville School of Dentistry in 2001 and practiced as a general dentist in Twin Falls, Idaho from 2001 to 2003. In 2003, Dr. Christensen was accepted into the pediatric dental residency at Primary Children's Medical Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. While training at the Primary Children's Medical Center, Dr. Christensen experienced every facet of Pediatric Dentistry. He and his family have lived in Southern Utah for more than 10 years.
Dr. Brett Christensen currently serves on the Health Advisory Committee for The Learning Center for Families and is a past president of the Southern Utah Dental Society. He is a member of the American Dental Association, Utah Dental Association, and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.
Tyler Torres, DDS
Dr. Torres was born and raised in St. George, and is excited to have the opportunity to be back home. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Southern Utah University. He earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas, Texas in 2011. While at Baylor he was inducted into the Odontological Honors Society as well as the prestigious Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honors Society. He continued on to complete a two year specialty training in pediatric dentistry at Baylor College of Dentistry. Dr. Torres received excellent training at numerous clinics and hospitals including Children's Medical Center Dallas and Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. He had the privilege of working with many wonderful patients, and received comprehensive training with special health care needs children.
Dr. Torres serves on the Health Advisory Committee for The Learning Center for Families. He is a member of the American Dental Association, the Utah Dental Association, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. He scored in the top 3% in the nation of candidates on the qualifying board examination, and is a board certified member of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.
Sealants fill in the deep grooves of the back teeth to facilitate easier cleaning during brushing and help prevent cavities. They should be applied when the first permanent molars erupt around age 6.
Resin fillings are tooth colored and can help restore decayed teeth to their natural beauty and function.
When a tooth has extensive decay that a tradition filling cannot restore, a full coverage crown in needed. These crowns can restore a tooth to its proper form and function, and is important to keep the spacing until the permanent tooth comes in. Most back teeth are restored with stainless steel crowns, and we offer all white zirconia crowns for the front.
When a child begins participating in athletic events, a mouth guard can be an important piece of athletic gear. It should be worn during any sport or activity that could result in a blow to the face or mouth. A custom-made mouth guard developed by a pediatric dentist can help absorb the shock that may cause broken teeth and trauma to the lip, tongue, and jaw.
If your child has a dental emergency, please call our office. If it is urgent and after hours, our doctors will gladly take your call, answer your questions, and meet you at our office if needed. For information on dental emergencies, please visit www.dentaltraumaguide.org
Commonly referred to as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is a mild sedative and can help relax a child during dental treatment. The child will remain awake during the procedure. It is also helpful in reducing the gag reflex, which can help the child receive treatment in a comfortable manner.
Our pediatric dentists have received specialized training in administering oral medications that will help a child receive dental treatment that otherwise would not be able to be performed due to young age or high anxiety. The child remains awake and conscious, but in a very relaxed state. Discuss with our dentists whether this option is appropriate for your child.
General anesthesia is an available option for those with special needs, as well as young children who have extensive decay and are unable to cooperate in the dental chair. Our options include in office IV sedation, a local surgery center, or at Dixie Regional Medical Center. All of these options are done by anesthesia professionals, so our pediatric dentists can fully focus on the dentistry.
Children with special needs of all kinds are welcome in the office. Both doctors received extensive training during their pediatric residency with special needs patients.
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368 East Riverside Dr.
St. George, Utah 84790