Pediatric dentists promote the dental health of children as well as serve as educational resources for parents
Visit a pediatric dentist when the first tooth erupts, or no later than 12 months of age, to establish a comprehensive oral health prevention program for your child.
The ideal age for starting pediatric orthodontics is from three to twelve years of age and involve problems of missing teeth, extra teeth, & crowded teeth.
There are a number of reasons that your child’s dentist might recommend a tooth extraction. Some dental patients suffer from tooth decay; others need to remove teeth hindering orthodontic treatment.
A very common type of dental restoration is a filling. These can be used on the primary, milk teeth and the permanent teeth of the children. There are a number of reasons that may deem a filling necessary for your child including tooth decay, tooth damage from trauma, incorrect dental development, root canal procedures or if the tooth has undergone a significant change in colour.
Children may need space maintainers if they lose a tooth early or have a baby (primary) tooth extracted due to dental decay. If either is the case, it is important to know the benefits of using a space maintainer and how it can help support your child’s dental health.
A space maintainer is an appliance that is custom-made by a dentist or orthodontist in acrylic or metal material. It can be either removable or cemented in a child’s mouth. Its purpose is to keep the space open to allow the permanent tooth to erupt and come into place. Baby teeth are important to the development of the teeth, jaw bones and muscles and help to guide permanent teeth into position when the baby teeth are lost. If a space is not maintained, then teeth can shift into the open space and orthodontic treatment may be required. Not every child who loses a baby tooth early or to dental decay requires a space maintainer; however, a professional consultation with your dentist or orthodontist should be conducted to determine if using a space maintainer is needed.