Solutions for Advanced Oral Health Care Needs.
Southwest Kids Dentistry can assist your family with advanced treatments to restore or maintain optimal oral health. Before any treatment is rendered, an examination must be performed and you must be made aware of your child's options, the risks and benefits to any procedure, and any concerns addressed based on your child's unique circumstances.
Advanced care services can include, but are not limited to the following:
Advanced Behavior Guidance
Oral conscious sedation, or moderate sedation, is an option for some children undergoing dental treatment who may not be expected to cope otherwise. This option can only be considered after a complete examination and is not appropriate for all children or all situations. Patients who receive dental treatment under sedation will still be awake but may be more likely to accept dental care. This type of treatment requires special preparation prior to the visit. Please talk to your dentist regarding your child's needs to determine if this option is appropriate for your situation.
General anesthesia is a controlled state of unconsciousness that is accompanied by a loss of protective reflexes. This option is the most advanced option for behavior guidance and should only be considered after a complete examination is preformed and is not appropriate for all children or all situations. Patients who receive dental treatment under general anesthesia will remain asleep for the duration of their visit while all dental needs are addressed as appropriate. Some dental patients may require the use of general anesthesia to receive quality dental care in a safe, humane manner, and avoid psychological trauma. This type of treatment requires special preparation prior to the visit. Please talk to your dentist regarding your child's needs to determine if this option is appropriate for your situation.
Baby teeth have an amazing ability to heal from dental decay if caught before the onset of pain or swelling and infection. Dental decay that reaches an otherwise healthy tooth nerve may be a candidate for pulpotomy treatment. This treatment uses a special medicine applied to the top area of the tooth nerve, which allows the roots of the baby tooth to heal and maintain proper blood supply until the tooth falls out naturally. The benefit of this treatment is that it preserves the space for the adult tooth and avoids the need for an extraction (tooth removal). Teeth treated with a pulpotomy will need a crown (cap) placed over it to provide for strength and avoid tooth fracture.
Some baby teeth that experience extensive dental decay may also have accompanied pain or infection that indicates the nerve of the tooth is no longer healthy. If adequate tooth structure remains for a crown (cap), then the tooth may be a candidate for a pulpectomy treatment. This treatment requires removal of the infected tooth nerve, application of a cleanser and special medicine to permit the tooth to remain in the mouth until it falls out naturally. The benefit of this treatment is that it preserves the space for the adult tooth and avoids the need for extraction (tooth removal). Teeth treated with a pulpectomy will need a crown (cap) placed over it to provide for strength and avoid tooth fracture.
Root Canal Treatment
Adult teeth with advanced dental decay or those with large fractures from dental trauma may show signs of pain, infection, or both. If the decay or trauma has affected the tooth nerve, there are a variety of root canal treatment options that may be appropriate depending on the maturity of the tooth. If your child is in need of root canal treatment, your dentist will discuss with you the options most appropriate for your child's situation. The benefit of this treatment is that it permits the patient to keep the tooth and avoid an extraction (tooth removal). Teeth treated with root canal treatments often require a crown (cap) placed over it to provide for strength and protection against further damage.
Management of Dental Trauma
Children are constantly growing, playing, and learning to interact with their environment. As a result of sports, play, or accidents, sometimes damage can be sustained to the teeth or supporting structures. Management of dental trauma is typically an urgent or emergent situation to improve the outcome in the long term. If your child sustains a dental injury, please contact your dentist as soon as possible. If you suspect your child sustained a head injury or other bodily injuries in addition to the dental trauma, please seek appropriate medical care and/or emergency services.
Not all possible treatments or therapies are listed here. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your child's care, please talk to your dental team. In the instance that care is outside of the scope of a pediatric dentist, appropriate referrals will be made to ensure that your child has access to the care they deserve.