All families are encouraged to review the patient health packet prior to their first visit. Please note the patient’s age determines the type of forms that need to be completed.
First Time Visit – Checklist and Expectations
- Experts recommend that children see a dentist before the age of one – many oral problems can be prevented or more easily treated if detected early
- Refrain from using language such as “hurt” or “painful” before taking your child to the dentist to avoid causing fear
- Maintain a positive attitude and stay relaxed
- Select an appointment time when your child is alert and not too tired
- The first visit to Healthy Smiles is designed for you and your child to feel at ease in our office
- Meeting with the office staff and dental team
- Educational and interactive experience at the Tooth Fairy Learning Center
- Thorough and gentle examination of your child’s teeth, jaws, gums and bite
- Digital X-rays and teeth cleaning (depending on child’s comfort level and cooperation)
- Instructions on proper oral hygiene, nutrition, and habits such as thumb-sucking and teething
- Opportunity to ring the “Cavity-free” bell if your child has no cavities
- Questions you or your child may have
Ouch… I have a toothache
There are many reasons that your child’s teeth or mouth may ache and it is important to take proper action to fix this pain. It is very important to keep up proper maintenance of your child’s teeth to prevent future disease and keep your child’s smile healthy and pain-free!
Below is a description of different types of treatment services that we can provide to assist in removing aches and pain:
Fillings and Crowns
Fillings and crowns are used to restore the function and general structure of a tooth which has been damaged due to the presence of cavities or a cracked tooth. To treat a cavity, the dentist will remove the decayed portion of your child’s tooth and replace the missing areas with a filling or crown to protect and strengthen tooth structure.
Click here for a description of the different types of fillings and crowns that we use
Pulp therapy, also known as a pulpotomy, is a procedure performed on baby/primary teeth in cases where a deeper portion of the tooth, known as the pulp, becomes infected. In this procedure, an opening is made in the tooth, the decayed potions of the pulp are removed, and the open area is treated with medication to promote healing. Because the tooth is more brittle, a crown is placed on the tooth for protection, strength, and stability. A pulpotomy is a very effective and reliable method to save severely damaged baby teeth.
Tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth from its socket in the bone. Before we consider extraction, every effort will be made to try to repair and restore your child’s tooth. Baby/primary teeth have several important functions, one of which involves helping guide permanent teeth into proper positions. However in cases when decay is too deep to save the tooth, misaligned teeth which have no opposing teeth to bite against, extraction is absolutely necessary. Extractions can be surgical or non-surgical – depending on whether or not the tooth has erupted normally or is impacted (crowded in its socket that it cannot erupt normally) or whether the tooth has straight or curved roots.
Space maintainers are appliances made of metal or plastic that are custom fit to your child’s mouth. They are small and unobtrusive in appearance. Most children easily adjust to them after the first few days. Space maintainers hold open the empty space left by a lost tooth. They steady the remaining teeth, preventing movement until the permanent tooth takes its natural position in the jaw. It is more affordable — and easier on your child — to keep teeth in normal positions with a space maintainer than to move them back in place with orthodontic treatment.