Fluoride Varnish – We routinely apply Fluoride Varnish on baby teeth to prevent tooth decay because it effectively lowers cavity causing oral bacterial levels and repairs and strengthens teeth. It is safe and can be used on babies from the time that they have their first tooth (around six months of age). It is approved by the FDA and is supported by the American Dental Association as well.
Sealants – Dental sealant is a thin, plastic coating painted on the chewing surfaces of teeth – usually the back teeth — to prevent tooth decay. The sealant bonds into the pits and grooves of the teeth, forming a protective shield over the enamel of each tooth.
Fillings on baby teeth – White composite filling materials are used to fill cavities in baby teeth to protect and restore them until permanent teeth are ready to erupt. We do not use any metal/mercury fillings in our office.
Sedation – Nitrous Oxide, or Laughing gas, is used to relieve anxiety and has calming effect in helping patient feel comfortable during treatment.
Space maintainer – after a baby tooth is prematurely lost due to cavity or trauma, a space maintainer is necessary to keep the space open so the permanent tooth can erupt and come into place. Without it, the space often closes before the permanent tooth has a chance to erupt.
Emergency treatment – When a child chips a front tooth or the tooth comes out because of trauma, it is important to perform treatment on the same day to relieve the pain and if possible, to salvage the tooth. The child will often have lasting pain and lose the tooth if left untreated.