Is your kid’s dentist something you’ve considered before? Chances are, when you became a parent you set out to find a pediatrician. But just as kids need their own doctor, they need their own dentist, too.
Pediatric dentists do more to address your child’s dental and developmental needs. Good habit formation and a lifelong enthusiasm for tooth care come from early experiences in a fun, worry-free environment. We can help.
Why Pediatric Dentistry? Following dental school, pediatric dentists undertake two more years of specialty training specifically to address the unique needs of infants, children, and adolescents, including kids with special health needs. A pediatric dentist is better equipped to manage your growing child.
We offer comprehensive dental care for children from birth to age 18, which includes all aspects of preventive and restorative dentistry.
We address kids’ dental and developmental needs to deliver the best care in the most comfortable and positive manner possible. It’s that simple. We know what works for children at every age and stage and we work closely with parents to develop a plan we all agree on. Together, we can help encourage a lifelong enthusiasm for oral care in your child, right from the start.
We take pride in our ability to successfully provide dental treatment for patients who are experiencing fear or anxiety, or simply find it difficult to sit still. You will be amazed by what we can accomplish through an atmosphere of patience and trust. For those patients who have more extensive needs, or do not quite have the ability to endure certain procedures, we are highly trained to provide a wide variety of sedation options including nitrous oxide, oral sedation, deep sedation and general anesthesia – all within the comfort of our office.
As your child grows, we monitor all aspects of dental and orthodontic health, including tooth spacing, bite development, and more. This is important because in some cases, early intervention can help patients avoid more invasive treatment later. Our specialists collaborate seamlessly, offering the convenience of orthodontic consultations in the course of regular visits, which makes it easy for busy parents. We build confidence through the long-term plan we create specifically for your child.
If your child has a dental concern that requires treatment, we’ll propose a plan and take the time to clearly explain every step. We’ll make sure you know treatment costs and help you navigate benefits, too.
Emergency care: If your child experiences a dental emergency, we are here for you. After hours, please call our office and you will be directed to a number for the on call doctor.
Digital x-rays: The technology used in our office provides a far safer option for dental diagnostics. With digital radiography, significantly less radiation is required to produce oral imagery.
Natural colored fillings and restorations: We use long lasting, tooth-colored materials in lieu of highly visible metal alloys.
Sedation: This is a comforting option we offer to children undergoing dental procedures, which may include oral sedation, nitrous oxide or in-office anesthesia. Our doctors will help you understand if these options will benefit your child.
Orthodontics: You’ll have peace of mind knowing your child’s dental and orthodontic needs are closely monitored.
Sealants: These thin protective coatings are applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth where most tooth decay occurs in children and teens.
Habit Management: Most children outgrow thumb, finger, and pacifier habits on their own but when these habits continue for long periods of time, they can affect the normal development of the teeth and jaw. We help parents by offering suggestions and encouragement, and if necessary, may recommend a mouth appliance to aid in blocking the sucking habit.
Cleaning: Regular check-ups and cleanings are important for keeping your child’s mouth healthy and detecting possible problems. Our friendly hygienists make this a fun and educational visit for your child.
Preventive dentistry: Our ultimate goal is to prevent tooth decay by teaching positive oral health habits from an early age.
Bonding: The addition of tooth colored filling material on teeth that are considered small (peg laterals) or on teeth that have experienced trauma, to regain proper esthetics and function.
Extraction: The removal of a tooth due to decay and infection, trauma, or orthodontic crowding.
Fluoride: A widely accepted and very important treatment to discourage the formation of new cavities, help remineralize existing cavities, and treat areas of sensitivity.
Labial Frenectomy: The frenum serves no beneficial function but can cause problems related to speech, eating, and tooth position. A frenectomy is the removal of the thick fibrous tissue between the Maxillary (upper) front teeth to resolve these issues.
Pulpotomy: A procedure that is performed when the nerve tissue of a tooth is exposed due to trauma, a cavity, or a structural defect. The top portion of the nerve tissue is removed and treated with an antibacterial medicament to seal and preserve the remaining healthy nerve tissue.
Spacemaintainer: An appliance that is temporarily placed to discourage the movement or drift of teeth into spaces normally occupied by lost or extracted teeth.
SSC: A stainless steel crown is used to restore a tooth that has severely decayed, fractured, or has a genetic defect affecting the structure of the tooth that does not allow for a filling to be placed.
You can be a good dental health parent by modeling positive attitudes and routines at home from the start. Bring your child to see us between six and 12 months of age — “first visit by first birthday” is a good rule of thumb.
To plan your visit, just call for an appointment at the SMILES location that works for you. Based on the age of your child, we’ll be sure to recommend appointment times that will ensure they have the best possible experience.
Our staff creates a pleasant, welcoming feeling for kids and families at every visit. Our fun-infused spaces are filled with imaginative touches that delight the senses and offer calming distractions for kids. SMILES is the place to be.
Give our office a call to schedule your next appointment!
Dripping Springs: 512.894.3779
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“We are so happy and grateful to have found such excellent dental and ortho care for our 4 children who have grown up with only wonderful experiences at the dentist.”Smiles Parent