SPECIALTIES

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.