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Pediatric Dentistry

Pediatric Dentistry; Lara Smile Dental Clinic provides consultation and comprehensive care for all levels of oral/dental needs for infants, children, and adolescents. Service is available for the compromised or normal healthy patient.

Pediatric dentistry is a branch of dentistry that aims to protect and improve the deciduous and permanent teeth of children aged 0-12. It aims to heal the children without fear by turning the treatments into games for children and making them interesting. By following the child’s growth and development, they also follow the development of their teeth accordingly.

A dental specialist in pediatric dentistry is known as a pedodontist (or pediatric dentist) and is trained in all aspects of pediatric dental problems, behavior management and even child psychology. A pediatric dentist is also trained in the care of patients with special needs, including those with significant medical, physical or mental disabilities.

By starting dental care at an early age, it can help your child understand the importance of dental care and more easily accept dental visits.

Our goal is to help all children feel good about visiting the dentist and teach them how to care for their teeth.

Pediatric Dentistry - Lara Smile Dental Clinic

The Importance of Deciduous Teeth

The Primary Teeth, also known as “baby teeth” serve a very important role in child development and oral health. Neglected problems, such as cavities, in these teeth quite often lead to issues shaping the development of their permanent teeth. The Primary Teeth are essential in the development of proper chewing and eating, normal development of the jaw bones and muscles, and providing space and guiding the permanent teeth into the correct positions.

Also, the Primary Teeth influence the progress of speech development. In most children, the front 4 teeth should be replaced by their permanent counterparts around the ages of 6-7 and the cuspids and molars should last into the pre-teen and early teen years, usually 10-13 years old.

Overall our clinical approach is primarily to explain the importance of deciduous teeth to parents and encourage them to take the necessary care to protect the existence of deciduous teeth. However, in case of decay in deciduous teeth or loss for any reason, it becomes essential to fill the cavity with a method called “placeholder” to prevent the alignment abnormality of the other teeth. In this way, the position of the other teeth and the future permanent teeth are maintained.

Dental Treatments Applied to Children

All treatments that children need for dental and oral care are applied by pediatric dentists. For your children to have healthy mouths and teeth, you should take them for a pediatric examination once every 6 months. In these controls, the treatments that your child needs are determined, and treatment is started in a short time.

Early diagnosis of the problem requires easier and shorter treatment. Child prostheses, tooth extractions, placeholders, applications to stop thumb sucking, root canal treatments, treatment of dental traumas, filling applications, preventive and protective applications against tooth decay are among the treatments to protect the oral and dental health of children carried out by pediatric dentistry.

Process After Pedodontic Treatment

After the pedodontic treatment, the cooperation of the family and the dentist is very important in terms of pediatric dental treatment. Oral hygiene must be ensured for the treatment to be effective and to heal in a short time. The family has great responsibilities in ensuring the oral hygiene of the child. It is important to come to the controls at certain periods after pedodontics in terms of maintaining the current situation.