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Pediatric dentist treatments

Aug 4, 2022

Pediatric dentist treatments

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How Great Smiles Stay Strong

Comprehensive care is at the core of Great Smiles. That’s why we offer a wide variety of dental services for children – so you always know that we have a solution to get your kid back on track for a healthy smile! Take a look at everything we offer for awesome care.

What do pediatric dentists do?

Pediatric dentists offer a wide range of treatments for children’s oral health, from preventive care like cleanings and fluoride to restorative treatments like fillings and crowns. They can also address orthodontic problems, manage gum disease, and care for dental injuries.

Preventive Treatments

Sealants are a super simple way to protect teeth and keep away decay. Sealants are applied to the chewing surfaces of the teeth and generally last about 3 to 5 years. For the best results, stay away from chewing ice or hard candy!

Fluoride is a substance that helps teeth remineralize and resist decay. Regularly drinking fluoridated water, when combined with proper brushing and flossing, can significantly lower your risk for tooth decay. Pediatric dentists can evaluate the level of fluoride in a primary drinking water source and recommend fluoride supplements (usually in tablets or drops), if necessary.

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Restorative Treatments

Silver and tooth-colored fillings repair damaged teeth and spots where cavities have cropped up. When tooth decay does happen, we make sure to clean out the bad stuff and restore the tooth with a filling to keep it looking good and feeling strong.

Sometimes, our young patients will need a pulpotomy (also called a root canal) for major decay or an injury. Don’t worry – we can remove the pulp and preserve the tooth, all while making sure that your child is relaxed and comfortable during the procedure.

Stainless Steel Crown
When fillings just won’t cut it, we can fix major decay or damage with a stainless steel crown. Durable and affordable, stainless steel crowns cap the tooth to protect it and prevent further decay from causing more trouble for your child’s smile.

Additional Treatments

While extractions are a last resort, they can be necessary for orthodontic and dental care reasons, like helping tooth alignment. If we have to take out a primary tooth, we’ll use a space maintainer to make sure everything stays in the right place!

Space Maintainers
If a tooth is removed early, a space maintainer makes sure that there’s plenty of room for the permanent tooth to join the party. Without a space maintainer, teeth on either side can interfere with the new tooth – which is no fun for anyone!

Enamel Microabrasions
Enamel microabrasions help teeth look their best around the clock. During this procedure, a compound is applied to the teeth to get rid of stubborn stains and discoloration. It’s easier to show off your smile when you get rid of spots that just don’t match!

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FAQ : Our expert answers

Why choose a pediatric dentist?

Regular dentists are great, but for kids, a special kind of dentist is even better! At Great Smiles, our Pediatric dentists have extra training to handle things that are different about children’s teeth. They know how to care for growing mouths and how to fight problems like cavities that kids can get.

What is the youngest age to go to the dentist?

The best time for your child’s first dentist visit is around their first birthday, or within 6 months of their first tooth erupting. That is why we recommend doing a quick check-up (usually 30-45 minutes) at Great Smiles as this will help our pediatric dentist to look at your child’s teeth, gums, and jaw to make sure everything is growing well.

What is the difference between a dentist and a pediatric dentist?

Pediatric dentists are like regular dentists, but for kids! They have extra training to care for children’s teeth as they grow and develop. This includes things like:

  • Taking care of baby teeth
  • Knowing the right order teeth should come in
  • Understanding how to make kids feel comfortable at the dentist
  • Treating children with special needs

Affording the Best Care

Finances should never stand in the way of getting your child or teen the best dental care in town. We want to make sure that you’re relaxed, not worried, when you visit us. Work with our team to find the best way to fit great dental care into your budget, with awesome payment options, maximized insurance benefits, and affordable solutions at every step.

Patient Reviews

"Great Smiles has been so easy to work with. Anyone who has a child or teen needing some help getting their teeth in order Great Smiles is a great place. They have really helped guide us in this adventure!" 

- Triple J Farm NC

"My kids love going to Great Smiles!  The whole staff is so friendly, loving, and patient with children. They fit us in when my daughter had an emergency cavity that our family dentist couldn’t address, and we had such a great experience that we moved our kids over to their practice for all of their dental care. Highly recommend!” 

- Sally

I’m an adult patient and have never had braces before! Great Smiles is excellent! High end technology, great kind staff and super super efficient. If you have put off getting braces…don’t. This place is very good at what they do! " 

- Tom C.

"Every aspect of my journey with them was exceptional! Truly. I was impressed with the practice at my first visit - their professionalism, knowledge, kindness…. But I leave their care even more amazed that they consistently delivered the highest level of service I have ever experienced in any medical practice. As a doctor, myself, that means a lot. Every visit I left their office feeling nurtured and grateful I had chosen Great Smiles to handle my orthodontic needs. The results of my treatment also far exceeded my expectations!” 

- Dr. Laura F.

"I started to have several issues with my teeth in my 50s and did not want traditional braces but with Invisalign I could get the results looking for without the hassle of braces. My experience at Great Smiles has been seamless, extremely helpful staff and Orthodontist exceeded my expectations and I am not even at the end of my journey. I would highly recommend this practice!" 

- Donna H. 

“The staff were cheerful and professional during every interaction. My daughter not only felt comfortable going, but EXCITED to go. We have made the decision to start coming here permanently. They genuinely care about the kiddos they see and you can tell. 

- Crystal

“Great Smiles is an amazing pediatric dentist practice. My three kids have grown up under the care of their doctors. It is so helpful to have multiple kids' appointments at one visit. We've enjoyed the consistency of having the same staff involved in their care over the years (cleanings, etc.). They are so caring. I highly recommend this practice.”

- Lisa

"It’s been five months, my teeth ARE STRAIGHT! And the care is amazing. Very thorough, courteous, and took their time answering a ton of questions. Highly recommend." 

- Rebecca R.

"My daughter needed braces and they were so accommodating. Super thankful for an orthodontist that is local and their staff is always so nice. They make it a priority to take their time to listen to any concerns. Just a wonderful experience all around. Definitely recommend to anyone who is looking to take their child for braces!" 

- Crystal J.

“Everyone at Great Smiles is great. They are always accommodating. The doctors are awesome and provides great detail when speaking with you. They were able to relieve my daughter’s anxiety as she had a chip in her tooth. She had the biggest smile when she walked out to see me. Thank you for the care you take with your patients.”

- Carol

“The best place to bring your kids!!! My 6 year old had a meltdown because only big sis had an appointment one day. So the hygienist brought my 6-year-old tableside so she could watch her sister's teeth getting cleaned. Everyone is sooo patient and kind. They really do care about your child's overall experience at the dentist. My kids have grown up in this practice and have absolutely no fear of the dentist or anything that happens at the dental office. Their manner is amazing. All the hygienists are super sweet, gentle and kind.

- Amy