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Morningside Pediatric Dentistry offers dental services for infants, children and adolescents to help them maintain healthy smiles. Establishing proper oral healthcare at a young age helps to build a foundation of healthy habits to last a lifetime.
Our practice provides the following services:
When children are introduced at a young age to thinking positively about their oral health and proper care of their teeth and gums, they learn habits that will help them avoid easy-to-prevent problems over their lifetime.
- Regular checkups every six months assists in removing stain and plaque from teeth and gums.
- Learning the proper way to care for your child’s teeth and gums at home is essential to preventing cavities.
- Children are growing and changing constantly. At each visit, we will provide you with knowledge about what growth and development to expect in the coming months. For example, we might discuss when to get rid of the sippy cup, when to work on quitting the thumb habit, when adult teeth will be coming in or when orthodontics will be necessary for your child.
- Keeping everyone well informed is the best way to keep your child’s mouth healthy.
- Dr. Angie uses the AAPD guidelines on prescribing radiographs
- X-rays can supplement the clinical examination and may be needed to assess health, growth and development. For example, she may request an x-ray to survey the eruption of teeth, check for missing teeth, evaluate a trauma, or monitor for bone diseases and other oral pathologies.
- Cavities can form in between the teeth, and the only way to anticipate or diagnose a cavity forming this way is through bitewing radiographs. To assess the health of periodontal ligament, alveolar bone, and the nerve of a tooth a periapical radiograph may be prescribed. Panoramic Radiographs show the full mouth and jaw.
- Morningside Pediatric Dentistry is committed to minimizing radiation exposure to our young patients. We use digital radiography which provides 90% less exposure than traditional x-ray film. Radiation exposure from a set of bitewing radiographs is less than the amount an individual receives from daily radiation from the sun or from an airline flight.
- Fluoride prevents cavities. In fact, our neighbors at the CDC noted that fluoridated water was one of the greatest public health initiatives of the 20th century. That’s because fluoridated water reduced decay rates by 50%.
- “Too much of a good thing” can be bad. Ingesting too much fluoride can upset the stomach and over time can lead to fluorosis—staining of the teeth.
- Our office evaluates our patients’ fluoride exposure and caries risk to make the right recommendation in fluoride treatment for each patient.
- Evidence has shown that sealants when placed and maintained properly can reduce cavity rates by 80%.
- Sealants are a resin based material that are bonded over the grooves of the teeth. Sealants prevent food and bacteria from getting stuck in the grooves and causing decay.
Sports and hobbies can take their toll on our smiles. Preventing tooth related injuries with a simple mouthguard is a simple and easy investment in protecting your child’s smile.
At Morningside Pediatric Dentistry we seek to provide quality care in a safe and positive environment. We offer materials that can promote healing and restore teeth to their normal function.
Restorative dental treatments can remove the infection and decay that have occurred and restore the tooth’s function and structural integrity to guide the patient back to health. In addition, restorative treatments can repair chipped or fractured teeth and restore the esthetics of a patient’s smile.
Our office restores teeth with tooth colored fillings that are bonded to the teeth. These fillings may even release fluoride to help protect the tooth.
If a large amount of tooth structure is missing from a tooth, a bonded filling will not provide the resilience and strength to function. A stainless steel crown may be an option to fully cover the tooth and restore function. Stainless steel crowns on baby teeth are cemented on and fall off with the baby tooth when it exfoliates.
Sometimes dental infection can travel through the layers of the tooth to the nerve and blood supply, otherwise known as the pulp. Treatments attempt to disinfect and heal the nerve to maintain the vitality of the tooth. When a nerve treatment is done, the tooth is restored with a stainless steel crown to provided structural integrity and protect the nerve.
Please call 911 for medical emergencies. If your child solely sustained a dental injury, please call our office as soon as possible. The outcome of many dental emergencies are response-time dependent.
- Baby tooth pushed out—call our office as soon as possible. Do not replant a baby tooth as this may damage the developing permanent tooth
- Adult/permanent tooth knocked out—call our office as soon as possible. Put the tooth in Tooth Saving Solution if available (Hanks Balanced Salt Solution). If unavailable put the tooth in milk and shake off any excess dirt or debris. If you can put the tooth back in the socket without the risk of the patient swallowing it, do so and hold in place. If the patient cannot keep the tooth in the mouth or is too young, keep in milk. If milk is unavailable, keep the tooth in water. Try not to let the tooth dry out.
- Chipped or Fractured Tooth: Call our office a call as soon as you can.
- Toothache from a cavity-- If there is swelling that affects your child’s breathing or swallowing take him to the Emergency Room immediately. Otherwise, please call our office as soon as possible.
- Toothache without a visible source of infection—call our office.
- Gum or tissue pain—there are many possible reasons for gum pain—ulcers, sores, new teeth eruption. Call our office to schedule an appointment.
If a tooth is lost prematurely, a space maintainer device is used to hold the space so that other teeth do not drift or tilt and possibly block the eruption of permanent teeth.
At an appropriate age and development, appliances may be used to help children extinguish habits such as thumb sucking or tongue thrust. Allow the doctor to evaluate if this may work for your child.
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