Orthopedic / Early Orthodontic
75% of 12 years old kids need orthodontic treatments, By starting early, 80% of the treatment can be completed before the adult teeth are present. Many children with underdeveloped jaws ( narrow jaws, deep overbite and receded lower jaw ) have unhealthy jaw joint (TMJ) which can cause Headaches, Neck Pain, Dizziness, Earache, Ear Ringing and Clicking.
By developing the jaws early in the childhood with functional appliances and making enough room for all permanent teeth we can prevent extraction of the permanent teeth.
On the chewing surface of the back teeth, we have some grooves which are more susceptible to decay and most of the time decay starts from these grooves.
These grooves can be sealed and protected with a temporary resin-based material called flow-able composite. To use the flow-able composite all the grooves on the tooth should be completely intact So, It is recommended to see your dentist as soon as you see a new tooth in your kid's mouth.
Fluoride TreatmentFluoride is the most effective agent available to help prevent tooth decay. It is a mineral that is naturally present in varying amounts in almost all foods and water supplies. The benefits of fluoride have been well known for over 50 years and are supported by many health and professional organizations.
Fluoride works in two ways:
Topical fluoridestrengthens the teeth once they have erupted by seeping into the outer surface of the tooth enamel, making the teeth more resistant to decay. We gain topical fluoride by using fluoride-containing dental products such as toothpaste, mouth rinses, and gels. Dentists and dental hygienists generally recommend that children have a professional application of fluoride twice a year during dental check-ups.
Systemic fluoridestrengthens the teeth that have erupted as well as those that are developing under the gums. We gain systemic fluoride from most foods and our community water supplies. It is also available as a supplement in drop or gel form and can be prescribed by your dentist or physician. Generally, fluoride drops are recommended for infants, and tablets are best suited for children up through the teen years. It is very important to monitor the amounts of fluoride a child ingests. If too much fluoride is consumed while the teeth are developing, a condition called fluorosis (white spots on the teeth) may result.
Note:Although most people receive fluoride from food and water, sometimes it is not enough to help prevent decay. Your dentist or dental hygienist may recommend the use of home and/or professional topical fluoride treatment for the following reasons:
- Deep pits and fissures on the chewing surfaces of teeth.
- Exposed and sensitive root surfaces.
- Fair to poor oral hygiene habits.
- Frequent sugar and carbohydrate intake.
- Inadequate exposure to fluorides.
- Inadequate saliva flow due to medical conditions, medical treatments or medications.
- A recent history of dental decay.
Remember, fluoride alone will not prevent tooth decay! It is important to brush at least twice a day, floss regularly, eat balanced meals, reduce sugary snacks, and visit your dentist on a regular basis.
Stainless steel crowns
Same as adults when a baby tooth is badly damaged it is recommended to restore the tooth with a crown. Since baby teeth have not enough bulk and cosmetic is not a big concern we use stainless still crowns for restoring the badly damaged molars for kids