Having healthy baby (primary) teeth is essential to the overall health of your child. The presence of baby teeth in a child's mouth, from the first one entering the mouth to the last one falling out, can be up to 11 to 13 years. Baby teeth not only help children speak clearly and chew naturally, they also help in forming a path for permanent teeth to follow as they erupt.
Dr. Tim and our team's goals for our little patients are to have a long-lasting healthy mouth and to be well-adjusted toward dental experiences. These two goals are what our team tirelessly tries to achieve as they reinforce each other.
This concept falls in line with Our Mission to our patients.
Routine cleaning is provided by our team members to remove any plaque or tartar (calculus) build up that may exist. Professional fluoride treatment is offered if it is of interest to the family. A thorough discussion of home care techniques, including diet habits and age-appropriate brushing methods, will be done. A comprehensive clinical examination will be performed by Dr. Tim to ensure your child's oral health is at its optimum and any recommendations for improvement will be discussed.
For most families, it is recommended that your child see a pediatric dentist for a check-up once every 6 months to prevent cavities and other dental problems from developing or worsening.
Types of preventive dental procedures provided: dental prophylaxis and polishing, dental scaling, fluoride varnish, sealants, silver diamine fluoride.
The Canadian Dental Association and American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends children to see a pediatric dentist when their first tooth appears, or no later than their 1st birthday.
At your child's first check-up, our goal is to help your family be familiar with the dental setting and develop a trusting relationship with Dr. Tim and our team. Good diet habits and brushing techniques will be discussed as well as a comprehensive exam by Dr. Tim.
Restoring the mouth and teeth back to health includes the use of various dental materials and techniques which are determined based on age and cooperation of your child, and the extent of the depth/size of the cavity. Dr. Tim will thoroughly discuss with you restorative techniques that will be best suited for your child.
Types of dental restorative techniques provided: composite (white) fillings, stainless steel crowns (caps), Zirconia (ceramic, tooth-color) crowns (caps), extractions, space maintainers, habit-eliminating appliances, lip and tongue tie release procedures.
Our dental practice offers 3 types of sedation options: nitrous oxide (in office), oral sedation (in office) and general anesthesia (at an accredited surgical facility).
The above options are only selectively offered to patients after examination of the patient in order to maximize clinical success.
Dr. Tim feels that both "pain control" and "pain perception" are some of the most important factors to control in order to create a well-adjusted patient. By using a combination of appropriately administered medicines with children behavior guidance techniques, we are able to lessen the chance of creating dental fear over time.