Every patient and parent will have a thorough examination with Dr. Marcie. She takes the time to get to know every child and forms lasting relationships with your child.
The exam includes visual examination of your child’s teeth and mouth, “counting” and “exploring” your child’s teeth and talking to your child about their teeth and hygiene. If your child has decay or other problems requiring treatment, the dentist will discuss them with you and a treatment appointment will be set for a later date.
Let’s get back to the basics. It’s important for kids to learn to brush their teeth! Sometimes it’s hard to see where plaque and food can easily accumulate. We like to show children by disclosing their teeth after they brush and floss so they can remember the areas they need to spend more time on! Hopefully between dental visits, they will “slow down” and take the time needed to properly care for their mouths after visualizing what plaque really looks like.
Every appointment, your child’s teeth will be polished and scaled to remove the plaque and tartar from the tooth surfaces and under the gum line. They will get to choose a fun toothpaste flavor before sitting back to watch a kid-friendly movie overhead while their teeth are cleaned. We spend time reviewing your child’s dietary intake and daily dental hygiene routines, and encourage healthy eating habits and instruct proper brushing and flossing techniques at each check-up visit.
Dental x-rays will be taken only as needed during their routine cleaning appointments to check for cavities in between their teeth, survey erupting teeth, diagnose bone disease, evaluate the results of an injury, or plan orthodontic treatment. We will always minimize your child’s radiation exposure by providing 100% digital equipment that uses 90% less radiation than traditional dental x-rays and prescribing x-rays on an individual basis which depends on your child’s individual risk factors for oral disease. Your child will also wear a lead body apron with a thyroid collar during the process. If you have any concerns about x-rays for your child, please discuss them with us!
Young Dentistry provides BPA-free sealants that safely and effectively protect the biting surfaces of your child’s teeth, where decay is most likely to form. Posterior teeth, the premolars and molars, have pits and fissures that are difficult to clean. Sealants provide a smooth surface so bacteria will not stay in those hard-to-reach grooves.
The care of sealants is very important to ensure their efficacy. Frequently chewing gum or hard ice will risk pulling off or fracturing sealants. Additionally, nighttime grinding may also prematurely wear down sealants.
We evaluate your child’s sealants at every 6 month recall visit and repair or replace those that are damaged.
Fluoride… the big debate! We look at every child individually and see where they are getting different sources of fluoride. Depending on your personal preference and your child’s risk of getting cavities, we come up with a preventive plan that you are comfortable with. A little bit of fluoride will go a long way, and the safety of our children is our top priority.
Xylitol is a natural sugar alcohol that can help reduce the bacteria in the mouth that cause cavities. In the right amount, xylitol is effective in changing the pH of the saliva and keeping cavities from forming. We will discuss xylitol as an option for your child.
If your child loses a baby tooth early through decay or injury, the child’s other teeth could shift and begin to fill the vacant space. When your child’s permanent teeth erupt, they may be blocked out. The result is crooked or crowded teeth, difficulties with chewing or speaking, and orthodontic treatment.
To prevent space loss important for proper growth and development, Dr. Marcie inserts a space maintainer to hold the space left by the lost tooth until the permanent tooth emerges. Later, as the permanent tooth emerges, the space maintainer is easily removed.
Once your child starts playing competitive sports such a lacrosse, field hockey, basketball, football etc. we strongly recommend that they wear a sports mouth guard to protect their adult teeth from fracturing due to trauma. Over-the-counter sports guards are readily available, but if you need a more comfortable alternative we are happy to help.
If you child has a non-nutritive sucking habit such as thumb, fingers, pacifier, lip or tongue sucking that is causing damage to the oral structure (i.e. abnormal shape of mouth, protruding teeth or bite opening or shifting), we offer many types of custom-made oral appliances to help your child stop these harmful habits if traditional counseling and positive reinforcement strategies are not successful. We never make your child feel bad or embarrassed but instead offer positive encouragement that leaves them feeling empowered and in control; thereby, motivating them to want to stop the harmful habit.
Young Dentistry uses the latest technology in anesthesia for routine dental fillings – the Single Tooth Anesthesia (STA) System, a computer-controlled injection technology that deposits anesthetic precisely to the tooth through the periodontal ligament. Analgesia can now be gained without having to inject into the gums. This means kids will hardly feel a thing!
With a wave of “the wand”, a whimsical looking handpiece that “drips” the anesthetic, the child’s tooth is magically numb! This precise technology anesthetizes only the tooth and not the tongue, lips, cheek or surrounding soft tissues. As a result, children will complain less about being numb around their face and will less likely cause trauma to themselves by unknowingly biting their lip.
We care about the safety of dental materials and do not place mercury containing silver (amalgam) fillings. Instead we place BPA-free white (composite fillings) which are safe and aesthetic. They look so great that no one will know your child had a cavity.
Young Dentistry offers both Stainless Steel Crowns and White Zirconia Ceramic Crowns. In situations where the dental filling is more than 30% it is best to support the tooth with a dental crown. A crown will cover your child’s tooth and restore it to its natural form, function, and strength. In addition to helping to protect teeth, dental crowns preserve the esthetics of your child’s smile. Dr. Marcie will chose a dental crown to fit snugly and function as a healthy tooth, and your child will be able to have the utility he/she once had in their natural teeth.
If a child has pain or sensitivity on a baby tooth, the cavity could be close to the nerve. If the cavity reaches the nerve in a baby tooth, a procedure called a “pulpotomy” is done to restore the tooth back to health.
The purpose of nerve treatment in a baby tooth is to maintain the vitality of the affected tooth so that the tooth will not be lost early. Early loss of posterior (back) primary teeth may cause future problems with the eruption of permanent teeth. Therefore, it is best to avoid early loss of primary molars by properly treating the nerve of infected teeth with a pulpotomy. Dental caries (cavities) and traumatic injury are the main reasons for a tooth to require pulp therapy. The pulpotomy root canal procedure removes the infected pulp tissue within the crown of the tooth. A medication is placed to calm the nerve of the tooth and prevent bacterial growth. The pulpotomy is followed with a final restoration such as a filling, a white zirconia crown or stainless steel crown.
After the pulpotomy (root canal procedure) is complete; your child should feel much better. We expect all pain to subside either immediately or within a few days of the procedure.
A dental extraction is a common procedure performed by pediatric dentists. Dr. Marcie often “wiggles teeth out” due to extensive dental cavities causing pain or infection, dental trauma or for orthodontic reasons. Most extractions are easy and routine and can be performed within the comfort and familiarity of our office.