What are the different services which are provided to help you with your child’s oral help and hygiene?
What are the advantages of fluoride application?
- In children under 6 years of age, fluoride becomes incorporated into the development of permanent teeth.
- It makes difficult for acids to decay the teeth.
- It helps to speed-upremineralization as well as disrupts acid production in already erupted teeth of both children and adults.
- It also reverses early decay.
Fillings of Milk Teeth
What is meant by filling of teeth?
Milk teeth with cavities or dental decay can be filled with tooth-colored materials, eliminating pain, restoring function and improving appearance.
Why is filling of teeth important for kids?
It is a common tendency to ignore the decay in milk teeth thinking that they are ultimately going to get replaced by their permanent successors. However, decay in milk teeth, if unattended can cause damage to permanent successors that are forming underneath. It also can cause pain and may be the reason your child refuses to eat food. Decay spreads faster in milk teeth due to their unique internal structure, as compared to permanent teeth.
Root canal treatment of milk teeth
What are the indications for root canal treatment in pediatric patients?
- Sharp shooting pain with swelling in the mouth
- Milk teeth with substantial dental decay
What are the two primary types of root canal treatments that are undertaken in pediatric patients?
- Pulpotomy or partial root canal
- Pulpectomy or complete root canal
Unlike what parents tend to feel, kids tolerate root canal treatments with ease. The latest technology at our disposal helps us complete your child’s treatment in a speedy and efficient manner.
Caps for milk teeth (Peado crowns)
Kids’ caps are made up of stainless steel or zirconia and fit on the teeth in a single appointment.
When caps are indicated on milk teeth?
- Teeth treated with root canal treatment
- Teeth has cavities on multiple surfaces, making it prone to fracture.
Caps on kids’ teeth fall off just as the milk tooth would have fallen off, if it were intact, when the time is right.
Baby Bottle syndrome (rampant caries)
What is baby bottle syndrome?
Putting the baby to sleep with the milk bottle in mouth results in severe tooth decay at a very early age. This is called baby bottle syndrome. Your natural instinct to care for your baby can sometimes backfire in an unfortunate manner. It is a very distressing situation for both the child and the parents, since it causes pain, discomfort during eating and a poor smile.
What is the treatment for this condition?
Treatment of this condition is absolutely vital in order to protect the permanent teeth and to maintain the baby’s nutrition. Treating this condition involves root canal treatment in several teeth, followed by fillings and caps. Based on the co-operation level of your child, our pedodontist may choose to do the treatment under conscious sedation. However, most of the cases can be managed under simple local anaesthetia. The end result of the treatment is a child with healthy teeth, and, a happy parent!
What is meant by space maintenance?
Space maintenance is an easy to perform procedure which involves anchoring an appliance to the neighboring teeth so that they don’t tilt. This maintains the space for the permanent teeth.
Milk teeth serve a very important function: that of space maintenance. Premature removal of milk teeth due to decay may cause the neighboring teeth to tilt into the space created by extraction. This disrupts the overall harmony of the dental arches and can cause the permanent teeth to erupt in unusual locations. The end result is a malaligned, crooked set of permanent teeth which may need to be straightened with wires and braces later, which is a time consuming and expensive procedure.
Habit breaking appliances
Why are habit breaking appliances required?
Does your child still put his/her thumb in the mouth? What may seem like a harmless activity can cause marked shifting in the position of teeth. Long standing indulgence in these habits can cause flaring of teeth and a prominent upper jaw, which is difficult to treat once the child grows up.
When are habit breaking appliances indicated?
Finger sucking and tongue thrusting habits that persist beyond the age of 4 years should alert you to seek a consultation with our pedodontist. In cases of habits that are hard to dissociate from, our pedodontist may recommend a habit breaking appliance to your kid which essentially serves as a reminder to the kid to abstain from the habit.