Pedodontics


Pediatric dentists promote the dental health of children as well as serve as educational resources for parents. It is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) that a dental visit should occur within six months after the presence of the first tooth or by a child's first birthday. The AAPD has said that it is important to establish a comprehensive and accessible ongoing relationship between the dentist and patient – referring to this as the patient's "dental home" This is because early oral examination aids in the detection of the early stages of tooth decay. Early detection is essential to maintain oral health, modify aberrant habits, and treat as needed and as simply as possible. Additionally, parents are given a program of preventative home care (brushing/flossing/fluorides), a carries risk assessment, information on finger, thumb, and pacifier habits, advice on preventing injuries to the mouth and teeth of children, diet counseling, and information on growth and development.
Cavities culprits Tooth decay begins with a group of germs called mutans streptococcus. "The bacteria feed on sugar and produce acid that eats away at the structure of teeth by depleting calcium," The bacteria also create plaque -- a yellowish film that builds up on teeth and contains even more enamel-eroding acid. Once an area without calcium becomes big enough, the surface of the tooth collapses, and that's a cavity.
What will happen when children need a filling?
If children need a filling, it will be decided by peodontics dentist, either during a check-up, or after X-rays have been taken to help confirm the diagnosis.

An early warning sign may be darken of tooth enamel, particularly in the fissures of a tooth. If you see an actual cavity in the tooth, this means that decay has become more advanced.

A filling appointment will usually start with your dentist having a quick inspection to confirm the job to be done. Then dentist may give your child a local anesthetic.

The peodontic dentist and dental nurse will be experienced in giving the anesthetic in the kindest possible way, and will have their own style and technique. They may spread an anesthetic gel on children's gum to numb feeling before the injection.

The peodontic dentist will then remove the decay with a drill or hand instruments. The dental nurse or dentist will suck away the water and debris from the drilling. The dentist will fill the cavity with silver filling (amalgam) or tooth-coloured filling (composite). Other materials are sometimes used. A metal band is sometimes put around the tooth to act as a mould while the filling is placed.
Prior to your appointment:
  • Please inform us of any change to your child’s health and/or medical condition.
  • Tell us about any respiratory condition that makes breathing through the nose difficult for your child.
  • Let us know if your child is taking any medication on the day of the appointment.
Filling and Crowns
When cavities are small, fillings are necessary to help keep the tooth decay from spreading. If the cavity is large or affects several of the tooth surfaces, then a crown may be necessary.

A crown covers the entire tooth like a cap while a filling covers a smaller portion of the tooth.

Fillings and crowns may be white or silver. A white filling is called a composite filling. These fillings are designed to match the color of the tooth.

White fillings may not be strong enough in certain situations and they do cost a little more so in those cases the stainless steel crowns are a best option.
Filling and Crowns
If a tooth falls out due to injury or decay, a space maintainer may be needed to hold the place of the tooth. If a space maintainer is not put in the vacant space the surrounding teeth can crowd and take over that space.

This makes the permanent tooth come in crooked or crowded which can cause difficulties in chewing and talking. A space maintainer can be a band or crown attached to another tooth.

When the permanent tooth starts to grow in, the dentist can remove the space maintainer.
Timing: every day 9 am - 8 pm