Pediatric Dentistry Services in Lancaster, OH
Getting a good start with early dental care can make a big difference for your child’s oral health in the long run. Even though “baby teeth” are temporary, they play an important role in speech, nutrition and self image, making them a vital part of your child’s early development.
The attitudes your child develops toward dental care during his or her early years can also have a major impact on the way he or she looks at oral health later in life. For these reasons, it is very important to start your child off on the right foot early on. We strongly believe in a combination of preventive visits to the pediatric dentist and positive oral health habits at home.
Providing a fun, comfortable dental environment for kids of all ages!
At Lancaster Pediatric Dentistry, our friendly team will help make sure your child’s smile is healthy and beautiful; a bright expression of his or her personality. Whether your child has just started with their first baby tooth or is already getting in his or her adult teeth, our comprehensive pediatric dentistry services will keep young teeth looking and working great.
Early and frequent visits to the dentist’s office encourages a lasting, positive relationship throughout a child’s life. We hope to set a foundation of trust between the child and dentist by having frequent contact and teaching opportunities. Life-long dental health begins as a baby. Let us teach you and your child how to care for teeth, which will have lasting, life-long effects on the entire body.
Dr. Draney recommends making your baby’s first appointment within the first year. Dental check ups are recommended every six months. If you have any questions about regular dental visits and cleanings, please contact our team.
Dental Sealants are a thin, plastic coating painted on typically the back teeth and sealed with a special UV light. Sealants provide a protective shield which can prevent the growth of decay in the grooves of molars. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that school aged children without sealants have almost three times more cavities than children with sealants.
Fluoride is an important factor in optimal dental health. Fluoride has been scientifically proven to reduce tooth decay by 25% over a lifetime. If you have any questions about the effectiveness of fluoride treatments, feel free to contact us.
Dr. Draney uses a few different methods to repair teeth when cavities occur, these include fillings, crowns and possibly root canals. A filling begins with a numbing treatment which will block the nerves to the tooth. Then, a small drill will remove the decayed portion of the tooth. The tooth is then filled with a composite resin or stainless steel which will prevent further damage to the tooth.
Root canals are effective when other treatments may have been unsuccessful. Dental damage can be painful and a root canal could be the answer to alleviating painful dental issues. Root canals involve removing tissue underneath the tooth that has been damaged by decay. A routine root canal might be necessary to save the natural tooth. A root canal can seem scary, but millions of successful root canal procedures are performed every year in America. If you have any questions or concerns about fillings, crowns or root canals, feel free to call us.
Let us recommend the best brushes to assist your child in removing harmful bacteria on their teeth. Specific brushes are made for small mouths and certain toothpastes are specifically made for younger children, like babies who are just beginning to erupt teeth.
Cavity treatments include:
Fillings are a treatment option when a cavity has grown within the tooth structure. After application of a numbing medicine, Dr. Draney will remove the affected tooth area with a small drill. Then, a filling with be applied to replace the removed portion of the tooth. This helps the tooth maintain its strength and prevents further decay. There are a few different types of fillings, such as stainless steel and resin composite materials. Dr. Draney can help discuss what is best in each particular situation.
Crowns or dental caps are sometimes necessary to prevent further damage to a tooth. A crown can be made of a porcelain material which matches your tooth’s color and shape. Our staff will take impressions of the tooth, which will help in making a crown that will best match the look of your natural tooth.
A root canal is used when the damage to a tooth supersedes the outer, hard layer of the tooth and the softer tissue called pulp needs to be removed. After the affected pulp is removed, it’s filled with a biocompatible material that’s similar to rubber. A temporary filling will be placed on top of this material, and eventually a crown or cap may be used to restore the tooth to full function.
Gingivitis is an early form of periodontal disease caused by the buildup of plaque. Gingivitis can be successfully avoided by regular professional cleanings. Gum disease does not only affect teeth; it has been linked to diabetes, stroke, coronary artery disease and other health issues.
Studies show that custom mouthguards can reduce risk of concussion by absorbing shock when an athlete experiences a head collision. Custom mouthguards will cost more than over-the-counter models; but studies show they’re more effective in protecting the jaw and teeth. Lancaster Pediatric Dentistry is happy to talk with you and your athlete about the specific benefits of a custom mouthguard pertaining to their sport.
A tooth concussion occurs when the supporting structures of the tooth are damaged, but the tooth itself is intact and not at risk of loosening or coming out. Lancaster Pediatric Dentistry can diagnose and evaluate tooth concussions and come up with a future treatment plan if needed.
Visiting the dentist can cause some anxiety, especially in children who are unfamiliar with dental appointments. It is our priority to ensure your child feels safe and comfortable. At times, sedation is a good option when undergoing dental procedures. If you feel your child may have high anxiety at their dental appointment, please call us to discuss sedation options.
We are happy to discuss the best treatment options for a special needs child; their comfort and safety is our priority. We are happy to make accommodations that will best suit the special needs of the individual including allowing extra time. Please contact us with concerns or requirements regarding the special needs of your child.
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