1.Seal out Decay
Spaceline Dental Studio provides several treatments for children to avoid any future dental problems. One of them is application of a sealant, a clear or shaded plastic material, on the chewing surfaces of back teeth (premolars and molars), where four out of five cavities in children are found. Basically, this acts as a barrier to food, plaque and acid, thus protecting the decay-prone areas of the teeth.
This process is usually quick, non- invasive and takes only a few minutes. The tooth is thoroughly cleaned, prepared with a special solution and dried. The liquid sealant is then applied and allowed to set hard by shining a blue light onto it.
Sealants are a recommended and time tested deterrent for cavities in young children.
2. Dental Radiographs (X-rays)
Radiographs (X-Rays) are a fundamental part of your child’s dental diagnostic process. They help the dentist identify the real problem. In a nutshell, Radiographs allow dentists to diagnose and treat conditions that cannot be detected during a clinical examination. If dental problems are found and treated early, dental care is more comfortable for your child and more affordable for you.
3. Pulp Therapy (Root Canal Treatment)
The treatment remains similar to that of adult root canal treatments. However, there’s a little difference and are certain important factors that have to be considered. The purpose of pulp therapy in Pediatric Dentistry is to maintain the vitality of the affected tooth to avoid tooth loss. The two common forms of pulp therapy (root canal) in children’s teeth:
1.Pulpotomy – It eradicates the affected pulp tissue within the crown portion of the tooth. Subsequently, an agent is placed to prevent bacterial growth and to calm the remaining nerve tissue. This is followed by a final restoration (usually a stainless steel crown).
2.Pulpectomy- This is needed when the entire pulp is concerned (into the root canal(s) of the tooth). During this treatment, the diseased pulp tissue is completely eradicated from both the crown and root. The canals are cleansed, disinfected and in the case of primary teeth, filled with a resorbable material. Then a final restoration is placed. A permanent tooth would be filled with a non-resorbing material.
The best time for Orthodontic Treatment is as early as 2-3 years of age. This is because, developing malocclusions, or bad bites, can be easily recognized at this tender age. Early detection and treatment of tooth problems can avoid major complications in future.
At Spaceline Dental Studio, ‘prevention is better than cure.’ Hence, we have various safety gears to protect your children from daily wear and tear. When a child begins to participate in recreational activities and organized sports, injuries can occur.
A properly fitted mouth guard, or mouth protector, is an important piece of athletic gear that can help protect your child’s smile, and should be used during any activity that could result in a blow to the face or mouth. Mouth guards help prevent broken teeth and injuries to the lips, tongue, face or jaw. A properly fitted mouth guard will stay in place while your child is wearing it, making it easy for them to talk and breathe.
Guidelines for Dental Emergencies
- Clean the area of the affected tooth thoroughly.
- Rinse the mouth vigorously with warm water or use toothbrush or dental floss to dislodge impacted food or debris.
- If the pain still exists, contact your child’s pediatric dentist.
- DO NOT place aspirin on the gum or on the aching tooth.
- If the face is swollen apply cold compresses and contact your dentist immediately.
2.Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip or Cheek
- Apply ice to bruised areas.
- If there is bleeding apply firm but gentle pressure with a gauze or cloth.
- If bleeding does not stop after 15 minutes or it cannot be controlled by simple pressure, take the child to hospital emergency room.
3.Knocked Out Permanent Tooth
- Find the tooth. Handle the tooth by the crown, not the root portion.
- You may rinse the tooth but DO NOT clean or handle the tooth unnecessarily.
- Inspect the tooth for fractures. If it is sound, try to reinsert it in the socket.
- Have the patient hold the tooth in place by biting on gauze. If you cannot reinsert the tooth, transport the tooth in a cup containing the patient’s saliva or milk.
- If the patient is old enough, the tooth may also be carried in the patient’s mouth.
- See us IMMEDIATELY! Time is a critical factor in saving the tooth.