Children may experience trauma or dental injury at any age due to sports, falls, games or simple accidents. Tooth crack or loss, locked jaw, mouth wound or almost any other dental emergency can be treated in our office. Dr. Mila Cohen will make sure your child receives fast, safe and effective treatment.
Your Child’s First Visit
It is best you bring your child for the dental checkup when his or her first tooth erupts. First visit to the dentist office should be fun and happy experience for the child in order to develop positive attitude towards dental procedures in the future. During the first visit we will brush your child’s teeth, polish them with fluoride if necessary and check the likelihood of dental problems development.
Preventive dentistry is probably the key to maintaining good oral health. Regular dental cleaning (prophylaxis) and fluoride treatment are used to strengthen your child’s teeth and protect them from cavities. We believe every child is unique, so we create customized prevention plan for every little patient to make sure he or she receives appropriate individual dental treatment.
Diagnostic Pediatric Dentistry
We perform dental diagnostics using the latest pediatric dentist technologies available in the field to detect the smallest cavities. Diagnostics is extremely important in the early stages to be able to prevent different kinds of dental problems. We use only digital x-rays and various kinds of screening to evaluate teeth, gums and jaws of our small patients
Pediatric Restorative Dentistry
If cavities are detected, it is our main task to remove them from the teeth and restore the teeth as much as possible. Generally we use white fillings for treatment of caries, but in more severe cases, pediatric nerve treatment and dental crowns might be applied. Space maintainers may also be used to ensure the correct eruption of permanent teeth and overcrowding prevention.
Some children, especially if very young or with special needs, require sedation in order for dental procedure to be safe and effective. In most cases for such kids we use nitrous oxide (laughing gas) therapy, which is very mild and maintains all the kids’ reflexes. In rare cases we might offer general anesthesia to increase child’s ability to hold still.
To make sure children have good looking smiles, we offer different kinds of esthetic treatment. If the child has a chipped or cracked tooth we will propose dental bonding to restore the natural appearance of that tooth. Fluoride polish and re-calcifying is used to treat the white spot lesions & dental discoloration. For teenagers we might consider tooth whitening treatment to make their smiles brighter.
Child’s skeleton is flexible and growing, which makes it easier to prepare necessary space for the eruption of the permanent teeth. Early orthodontic treatment may prevent or make easier treatment later. Crowding, cross bite, crooked teeth and many other dental issues are successfully treated with the help of interceptive orthodontic care.
First teeth erupt when a baby is usually around 6 months of age. This is also the time when we suggest you take your child for the first dental checkup. Doctor will ensure your baby’s teeth and jaws are developing properly and will provide you with lots of beneficial recommendations on the infant dental care.
Sports Pediatric Dentistry – Mouth Guards
We encourage children to lead healthy lifestyles and participate in various kinds of sports. For such active kids we offer customized mouth guards as means of protection for their teeth and facial structures. They are individually designed and may be fitted even over the braces
All children are different and we try to tailor every child’s needs. Particular attention is paid to the kids with anxiety problems and children with special needs. Generally we discuss with you the best approach to your child and make sure we provide extra comfort and care – this includes our popular “office tour” to show them around and get them acquainted with our team and dental environment.