PEDIATRIC CLEANINGS, FLUORIDE TREATMENTS & EXTRACTIONS IN GREAT FALLS & HAVRE, MT
lifetime of oral health begins with habits developed in childhood. Our pediatric dentistry practices in Great Falls and Havre, MT, are fun, educational places where infants, children, and young adults learn and develop great oral health habits.
We know that going to the dentist can be nerve-wracking for children. That’s why Great Falls Pediatric Dentistry and Havre Pediatric Dentistry orient our services to be as compassionate and gentle as possible. Our dentists are committed to building a relationship of trust with every patient. We want them to love coming to us and to look forward to coming back! Whether your child needs fluoride treatment, sealants, or a routine check-up, they will leave their next appointment with a big, bright smile.
Our services include, but aren’t limited to:
It is essential for children to develop oral hygiene habits at a young age. When your child comes in for a checkup and cleaning, we will teach them proper oral care habits, such as how to brush and floss their teeth properly. Learning these techniques can prevent cavities, decay, periodontitis and other issues. We also use fluoride treatments and sealants to help ensure your child’s teeth will be as healthy as can be.
Fluoride is an naturally found in almost all food and water, and it has properties that are beneficial to teeth and help prevent tooth decay.
To determine the best fluoride treatment for your child, we must analyze your child’s age, what they drink and their risk for tooth decay. We often must also look at what kind of water they are drinking, as fluoride levels differ depending on whether your child is drinking bottled, tap, etc.
A sealant is a clear, shaded plastic material that is placed on the grooves of the back teeth, which are the most susceptible to cavities. Sealants block out food, plaque and acid, which helps to protect the teeth.
X-rays are essential to diagnosing dental conditions. They can detect erupting teeth, diagnose bone diseases, examine the results of an injury, or help plan orthodontic treatment. X-rays allow dentists to diagnose and treat health conditions that can’t be found during a clinical examination. When those conditions are found early, the treatment is usually easier and more affordable.
Usually, most pediatric dentists request x-rays about once a year. Approximately every three years it is a good idea to obtain a special set of radiographs, either a panoramic and bitewings or periapicals and bitewings. However, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends x-rays and exams every six months for children with a high risk of tooth decay.
Our dentists are very careful to minimize our patients’ exposure to radiation. With contemporary safeguards such as lead body aprons and shields in place, the amount of radiation received in a dental x-ray exam is extremely small. Today’s equipment such as high-speed film and proper shielding filters out unnecessary x-rays and restricts the x-ray beam to the area of interest. Therefore, the risk is negligible. In fact, dental x-rays represent a far smaller risk than an undetected and untreated dental problem.
Modern fillings are tooth-colored rather than silver, so you can’t see them. They create a natural-looking smile that your child will love.
We only use mercury-free fillings at Great Falls Pediatric Dentistry. Not only are mercury-free fillings safer, but they look better and provide better structure for the tooth.
Having a tooth pulled can be very scary for a child, but our doctors are committed to making it as stress-free and comfortable of a process as possible. It is best to extract a tooth when it is:
- Decayed or damaged
- Requested by an orthodontist
- Stuck in the mouth
- A baby tooth that will not come out
- Impacted from trauma
It is best to catch orthodontic problems as early as possible, while a child’s mouth and jaw bones are still able to be molded. Our dentists can advise you treatment if your child needs orthodontic care, and if needed we can refer you to a specialist. Pediatric orthodontics not only helps correctly align the teeth, mouth, and jaws, but it also helps promote proper chewing and prevent gum disease, tooth decay and bone damage.
In cases where a patient is very young, extremely anxious or requires an extensive amount of work, we can offer conscious sedation, or nitrous oxide, in our office, to help ease feelings of stress and increase cooperation. We can also offer general anesthesia at the Helena Surgical Center. In this case, the child would be treated in a hospital-like setting with the utmost care to make them as comfortable and relaxed as possible so that they can receive their treatment successfully.
Find the missing tooth. Handle it by the crown, not the root. You can rinse the tooth but DO NOT clean or handle the tooth unnecessarily. Inspect the tooth for fractures. If it is not fractured, try to reinsert it into the socket. Have the child hold the tooth in place by biting on gauze. If you cannot reinsert the tooth, transport the tooth in a cup containing the patient’s saliva or milk. The tooth may also be carried in the patient’s mouth. The patient must see us IMMEDIATELY! Time is a critical factor in saving the tooth.