Infants First Visit
Here at Smiles R Us, we follow the guidelines as outlined by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry which states that the first dental visit should be by the first birthday. During the infant exam we discuss diet, oral habits, and demonstrate strategies that can be used at home for proper oral hygiene in the developing primary dentition. This visit is a great educational opportunity for new parents!
Child’s First Cleaning
Toddlers from ages 1-3 years old begin to become more aware of the environments that they encounter. We slowly introduce younger children to everything associated with routine dental check-ups to curate an experience best suited for your child.
In certain clinical situations, x-rays are taken to properly diagnose to provide dental treatment. Here at Smiles R US, we utilize state of the art digital x-rays and make it an enjoyable experience for your child.
We have a true passion for providing dental care for patients with special healthcare needs. Time and patience is given in order to form life-long relationships to help ease the stresses of being in the dental environment.
Larger cavities may require full coverage crowns in order to support the tooth until it is ready to fall out naturally. There are many different types of crowns that are now available and we offer the best option for each unique clinical situation.
Permanent molars generally erupt from 6 to 7 years old and some kids have trouble with keeping them clean. Protective sealants are placed deep in the grooves of permanent teeth to aid in cavity prevention as kids continue to develop the dexterity for proper brushing.
Tooth Colored Fillings
Smaller cavities require a minimal removal of tooth structure and are a great option to maintain esthetics.
There are times when tooth extractions are indicated, which leaves a space in between the remaining teeth. If that space is not properly reserved with a space maintainer appliance, the child can experience space loss where developing teeth may not have enough room to erupt. In certain clinical situations, the decision may be made to place a space maintainer. This procedure involves bands and wires that are placed until the permanent tooth properly erupts into place.
Baby Root Canals
This procedure can be indicated when a cavity approximates the nerve or pulp of a tooth. A pulpotomy is another term that you might hear for baby root canal, which involves the partial removal of inflamed pulpal tissue that may cause pain in children if not treated. Medication is then placed inside of the tooth to preserve the healthy nerve tissue remaining and protected with a full coverage crown until the tooth is ready to fall out naturally.