Caring for your child’s teeth and teaching them healthy oral habits can prove to be quite a challenge. However, our pediatric specialists here at Oahu Pediatric Dentistry can make things much easier for you, and pave a healthier path for your child’s teeth as he or she matures as well. Our primary focus lies in preventive dentistry to keep your child’s teeth disease-free at all times, but depending upon the status of your child’s teeth, we also offer restorative and sedation treatments.
The branch of pediatric dentistry is centered around dental care for children, right from the period when they develop their first teeth until adolescence. Not only do children require special attention due to their lack of training and habits, but this stage of their growth is also crucial as their teeth and jawbone are rapidly developing and they need to be taught habits and techniques for maintaining their oral hygiene that follow them into adulthood.
Dental emergencies can be terrifying for parents of younger children as they are unable to clearly communicate what they feel is wrong or what might be hurting them. Dealing with such situations efficiently in a professional manner and calming down both the child and the parent is something that our experts have plenty of experience in.
Restorative dentistry may not seem to be essential for young children as they are yet to develop their permanent teeth. However, there could be some issues that need to be fixed in the child’s gums or jawbone to facilitate proper growth of their permanent teeth. This is where restorative treatments for children come in.
Extractions And Pulpotomies
Children with an excessive love for sweets are quite likely to develop cavities, and extracting these diseased teeth and replacing them with temporary teeth may sound unnecessary. However, diseased teeth may affect the child’s gums, and therefore, removing them before the decay spreads too deep is necessary.
The growth process of permanent teeth in children needs to be carefully monitored to ensure that their teeth do not grow in a crooked manner. Sometimes, teeth may also grow too far apart from each other. These issues can cause long-term discomfort for the child, so our professional team of orthodontists effectively rearranges the teeth to help them grow in a more orderly fashion.
When a child prematurely loses their teeth, the space left behind by it is often not occupied until a new tooth sprouts. This can be harmful as other teeth may grow into the unoccupied space, leaving less space behind for the actual tooth that is yet to grow. Space maintainers are used to ensure adequate space is left for the new tooth for when it develops.
Parents are often worried about sedation when a procedure is to be performed on their child. We have several techniques to help your child feel at ease during the procedure, especially if they have anxiety issues.
Your child’s healthcare becomes our responsibility as soon as you bring them to our facility. If you would like to learn more about pediatric services that Oahu Pediatric Dentistry offers or would like to book an appointment for your child, give us a call at (808) 201-9956 today.