Depending on the age of your child, you may be able to hold them in your lap for their appointment. To begin the appointment, one of our dental hygienists will thoroughly clean your little one’s mouth. Then, Dr. Blalock will provide them with a comprehensive oral exam. We may recommend x-rays if we think they are necessary, and you approve.
After your child’s appointment, Dr. Blalock will discuss their oral health, any issues he may have found, and follow-up treatment that your child may need. At this time, he can also answer your questions about caring for your child’s teeth as they grow.
Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF) is a non-invasive filling alternative. It uses a special blend of water, ammonia, silver, and fluoride that kills tooth decay-causing bacteria, and halts the progression of minor cavities. It’s typically only used in baby teeth that will fall out naturally, since the SDF compound permanently causes a dark gray/black stain on the treatment area.
Stainless steel crowns are the best way to restore moderate tooth decay for kids. Dr. Blalock will simply clean the tooth area, choose a crown that fits, and cement it into place to cover up their decayed baby tooth. The process is fast, minimally-invasive, and affordable.
If your child loses a baby tooth early, a space maintainer will be placed in the area where their tooth used to be. This treatment ensures their permanent teeth erupt properly, and their baby teeth do not shift or move due to premature tooth loss.
A frenectomy is used to treat tongue and lip ties (tethered oral tissues, or TOTs). In this condition, the “frenulum” that connects the tongue or lips to the mouth is overdeveloped, restricting proper tongue or lip movement. This can interfere with feeding, speech, and more. In a frenectomy, this frenulum is snipped to remove the restriction, and restore proper tongue or lip movement.
A pulpotomy is also called a “baby root canal,” and is used to treat infected baby teeth. Dr. Blalock will clean away decayed material, open up the tooth, and remove infected pulp from the inside. Then, he will clean the interior of the tooth and apply a special healing dressing that will help restore the tooth, and the tooth will be covered up using a filling or a crown.
That the American Academy of Pediatric Dentists recommends kids see a dentist at the age of 1, or whenever their first tooth erupts? It’s never too early to see the dentist.
Dr. Blalock can learn more about your child’s unique dental needs and development, which leads to a higher overall level of patient care.
By seeing your dentist routinely, any issues with your child’s smile (such as cavities) can be identified and treated right away, which helps you save both time and money in the long run.