Dental Care for Every Kid
Preventive Pediatric Dental Services
Preventive care is the key to lifelong dental health. In our Peoria, AZ, office, we love to teach our patients and their parents proper hygiene techniques that keep each child’s developmental level — physical, intellectual, and emotional — in mind. When we see your child for their routine cleaning and exam, our dentists will explain their findings and recommendations. Our staff is always happy to answer your questions!
Ask us about a FREE dental exam for children 16 months old and younger!
Digital x-rays allow your dentist to visualize areas that we cannot see during a general examination. They allow us to monitor tooth and jaw growth and even decay. By utilizing digital technology, your child is exposed to 90% less radiation than traditional x-rays. The images are visible immediately on our computers. We can easily show you our findings and save the images for later comparison, print them, or send them to a specialist.
As we all know, fluoride treatment helps prevent tooth decay. While we all have contact with it through foods and water, this treatment is a more concentrated form. It’s completely safe and recommended for children.
Molars are difficult to completely clean with brushing and flossing. The chewing surfaces have grooves and depressions that can retain debris that causes cavities. Dental sealants are applied to these surfaces to protect the enamel and block plaque. Sealants may protect your child’s teeth from decay for up to 10 years!
Remember the days of silver fillings? Today, we use tooth-colored fillings that are much less noticeable. Your child will smile with confidence, and even the most amazing laughs won’t reveal any tell-tale fillings.
Removal of a tooth may be advised if the tooth is:
- Affected by gum disease
- Significantly decayed or damaged
- Stuck (impacted)
- Affected by trauma
- Delayed (primary tooth must be removed for the permanent tooth to erupt)
- Requested to be removed for orthodontic treatment
Dr. Whelan and Dr. Petruzzi will do whatever they can to ensure the comfort of your child during the extraction. Please read the post-extraction instructions carefully.
If a tooth is severely damaged or has decay that is too advanced for filling material, we may place a crown. A crown, or cap, will cover the tooth to restore its function. We will discuss the need for a crown and the available options based on tooth placement.
To stay at the forefront of technology to make your child’s experience the best it can be, we use the Biolase® Waterlase system. This procedure is safe, effective, and more comfortable for children.
The Waterlase laser can perform many dental procedures without shots or anesthetics. Pain from a drill comes from heat, vibration, and pressure. These sensations are not present with the laser, rendering most procedures nearly pain-free. It reduces bleeding, post-op pain, swelling, and can decrease or eliminate the need for any pain medications.
Dr. Whelan also uses the laser for tongue and lip frenectomy procedures to correct ankyloglossia and assist with breastfeeding.
We do our best to ensure that your child’s primary teeth are preserved until they fall out naturally. If your child requires extensive treatment or special care, Dr. Whelan works with a Board Certified Dental Anesthesiologist to provide general anesthesia in an outpatient hospital setting. We will discuss this fully if it is necessary for your child.
We offer three types of sedation dentistry:
1. Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, may be used to reduce anxiety and enable a nervous child to relax enough to receive treatment.
2. Oral sedation, usually in the form of liquid medicine, can be administered prior to dental treatment to provide more relaxation. The child will feel sleepy but be able to respond to questions.
3. General anesthesia may be used for children who need extensive dental services and cannot tolerate sitting still for multiple appointments. It also may be used for children with intellectual, behavioral, or physical disabilities that make it difficult for them to receive treatment. Our Board Certified Dental Anesthesiologist administers this sedation and monitors the child throughout treatment. The child will receive the necessary treatment and have no memory of it afterward.
Special Needs Dental Care
Our dentists completed two additional years of schooling to become pediatric dentists. Dr. Whelan took this opportunity to receive special training on the proper way to provide care to patients with special needs. Contact us if you have questions about special needs dental care.
Emergency Dental Care
When an emergency arises, call our office right away. If the event occurs outside of our regular office hours, we can usually see the patient within 24-48 hours without any lasting damage. The exception would be severe trauma or loss of a permanent tooth.
Why did the Storm Trooper whiten his teeth?
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Did You Know?
Elephant tusks are the longest teeth in the world!