Of course you hope when your child visits us he’ll only need routine cleaning and examinations. Sometimes, though, other procedures will be recommended. Here are some of the procedures Dr. Kucera might recommend for your child.
If your child needs more than routine cleaning and/or examinations, Dr. K will thoroughly explain the procedure necessary, and give you options if they are available. We want your child’s visit to be a good experience, and for you to make informed decisions about his dental care.
Local Anesthetics: A local anesthetic may be administered to numb the tissue around a tooth requiring treatment. This will control pain or discomfort during a procedure.
X-Rays: Although we only perform x-ray imaging when there is a clear benefit to your child, at times it is necessary to make a diagnosis and plan of treatment. X-ray is very safe for your child, and emits far less radiation than you child would receive sitting in an airplane traveling across the country.
Fillings: Dr. K may recommend either an amalgam (metal) filling or a composite (resin based) filling, based on the location and size of the area to be filled. In general, amalgam fillings last longer than composite.
Fluoride: Topical fluoride may be recommended for your child, as it has been proven to significantly decrease the incidence of cavities. Our ‘Parents’ page has more information about Fluoride and its benefits.
Sealants: Sealants act as a barrier protecting the teeth. They are particularly useful at filling in pits and grooves in teeth. They typically last an average of three years.
Space Maintainers: These may be needed when a baby tooth is lost before it is normally ready to fall out. The space maintainer will hold the space open so the permanent tooth can come in properly. This helps to increase the chance that your child’s permanent teeth come in straight.
Anterior Appliance: This is an appliance that may be used to replace missing front teeth. It will help your child maintain a beautiful smile, but is not necessary to hold the space for permanent front teeth.
Mouth Guard: If your child engages in any sports activity, Dr. K may recommend a mouth guard to protect his teeth from injury.
Sedation: In order to make your child comfortable and reduce any stress associated with treatment, Dr. K may recommend sedation. There are several types of sedation, all of which will be thoroughly explained to you. You may read more about Sedation under Services.
Crowns: Occasionally, a crown is necessary. Stainless steel is preferred for children, because it is stronger and more durable than large composite or amalgam fillings. You may wish to ask about having a white material applied to the stainless steel to make the crown more aesthetically pleasing.
Pulpotomy (Nerve Treatment): When decay has reached the nerve, this procedure is necessary. It will prevent tooth infection or will cure an already infected tooth. It is less invasive and faster than permanent tooth root canal treatment and has a success rate of over 90%.
Extractions: Reasons for a tooth extraction may be to make room for permanent teeth and possibly avoid the need for orthodontics in the future, as well as injuries to teeth that are not repairable. Severe decay may be a reason to opt for an extraction if you would prefer not to authorize fillings, crowns, or root canals. Dr. K will discuss this procedure with you to be sure you are comfortable with your decision.
If your child needs any of these procedures, Dr. K will take the time to make certain you understand what will be done and are comfortable with the treatment plan. Your child is precious – we want his experience to be positive and his teeth to last a lifetime.
When you bring your child to our office, there are a number of procedures that may be recommended for him – we’ve included some of the procedures Dr. Kucera might recommend for your child so you can be prepared ahead of time.