A Healthy Smile for a Bright Future.
Our experienced pediatric dentists can help your child achieve and maintain excellent oral health with a variety of treatments. When your family visits Children’s Dentistry, we take the time to ensure that you feel at ease in our office. We go above and beyond to ease any anxieties or fears your child may have so that they can enjoy a positive experience during their visit. Call us today at 801-295-8322 to make your child’s appointment with Dr. Mark Nelson or Dr. Treagan White and to learn more about pediatric dentistry in Centerville, Utah.
At our practice, we truly enjoy caring for all our patients, including young children and teens. We are pleased to provide pediatric dentistry to help you keep your child’s smile in good health. We encourage you to bring your child to our office every six months for a regular dental exam and cleaning. During this visit, our friendly pediatric dentists and team will gently clean your child’s teeth and check for signs of dental problems, such as tooth decay. Each of our team members is caring and gentle, and we are experienced at making children feel comfortable. We understand that it is important to build a positive, trusting relationship between your child and all of their doctors at a young age, and we are dedicated to ensuring that your child feels comfortable and safe at our office. If you have any questions about your child’s dental health or oral development, we welcome you to ask us during the visit or by calling our office.
In addition to bringing your child to our office for regular checkups, it is important to help your child establish good oral hygiene habits at home. Teach your child to brush and floss their teeth every day and help them maintain a balanced, healthy diet. We invite you to call or visit our office today to learn more about pediatric dentistry and how we can care for your family.
Digital Dental X-Rays
Digital X-rays are one of the advanced diagnostic tools we use to provide you with the best possible care. Digital radiography has changed how we take dental X-rays by making the process faster, more comfortable, and more convenient than ever before. Digital X-rays use a digital sensor to take images of your teeth, unlike traditional X-rays that use film. Digital X-rays use significantly less radiation than conventional film X-rays and require no chemicals to develop the images. Our pediatric dentists can then instantly view the high-quality images on monitors right in the treatment room to provide you with efficient, accurate diagnoses and care. Our team is able to use digital radiography to identify and diagnose several types of dental problems, such as:
- Decay in between teeth
- Developmental abnormalities
- Improper tooth root positioning
- Cysts and abscesses
- Fractures in existing fillings
- Infection in the tooth nerves
- Bone loss
When the inner nerves of your child’s tooth are injured, decayed, or infected, our pediatric dentists may recommend pulp therapy to remove the damaged tissue and restore your child’s oral health. Also known as a pulpotomy, this treatment helps prevent extraction and maintain the tooth’s vitality so that your child can enjoy a healthy smile.
A pulpotomy is an endodontic treatment that is most often used on primary (baby) teeth. When decay or injury reaches the dental pulp, which is the tooth’s innermost layer, patients often experience tooth pain and sensitivity. If not treated, the tooth will likely abscess and eventually require extraction. In order to prevent this, our pediatric dentists may recommend a pulpotomy.
During a pulpotomy, we remove the decay and the pulp chamber. The area is sterilized, but unlike a regular root canal treatment, the tooth nerves are not removed or treated. In some cases, not all of the dental pulp is removed, thus maintaining the vitality of the remaining healthy pulp. For these situations, we often use a therapeutic dressing to maintain the healthy pulp. After the decayed pulp is removed and the tooth is cleaned, a dental crown is often required. We most often recommend stainless steel crowns for children.
While pulpotomy is rarely recommended for permanent (adult) teeth, this treatment may be suggested if decay has reached the pulp, but much of the pulp is still healthy. If the roots of the tooth have not finished forming, a partial pulpotomy can give the tooth a chance to finish forming.
Healthy Smiles Start Here!
Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions about your child’s first visit or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Mark Nelson or Dr. Treagan White.