Pediatric dentistry

 What Is Pediatric Dentistry?

Pediatric dentists are dentists for kids who specialize in treating toddlers to teens and sometimes young adults. To become a pediatric dentist, a general dentist is required to complete a two- or three-year post-graduate pediatric residency program.

When it comes to dental care, children can be a handful. On top of that, a child who is experiencing tooth pain can be even more difficult to treat. The supplemental training a pediatric dentist receives includes subjects like child psychology and development, providing the training these specialists need to make dental appointments easier for the child as well as for the parent.

Find a Kids’ Dentist Near You

With 14 locations across San Antonio, Amarillo and Dallas-Fort Worth, chances are there’s a Smile Workshop near you — and a dedicated team of dental professionals that’s just a phone call away.

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Why Do You Need a Pediatric Dentist?

Children’s dentistry is very different from adult dentistry. Just as a pediatric doctor is trained in diseases and preventive care for children’s unique needs, a pediatric dentist understands the challenges and issues surrounding your child’s developing teeth, gums and jaw structure. Board-certified pediatric dentists are specifically trained on pediatric facial anatomy and the unique diseases and issues that tend to occur during childhood, when the teeth and jaws undergo a rapid period of growth.

Plenty of kids develop dental anxiety — a reaction that can follow them for the rest of their lives. At Smile Workshop, our pediatric dentists know how to communicate with children, carefully explaining what they are doing and taking extra steps to make sure they remain comfortable and relaxed throughout their visit. We can also help kids (and parents) understand why it’s so important to care for their teeth and gums, as well as teaching them the habits they need to take good care of their teeth at home.

How Pediatric Dental Checkups Can Improve Your Child’s Health

One of the most important gifts you can give your child is the gift of better health. Having regular pediatric dental checkups lays the foundation for a lifetime of beautiful smiles and healthy teeth and gums. At each checkup and cleaning, our team of skilled dentists and hygienists removes plaque and tartar buildup that can cause a host of problems with both “baby” and “adult” teeth.

Checkups and cleanings also provide your family dentist with an opportunity to evaluate your child for cavities and other potential problems, like overcrowding, alignment or issues with their bite mechanics. And of course, a pediatric dentist can provide you and your child with guidance and information about potential treatment options and at-home care to keep their smiles beautiful and healthy.

Pediatric Dental Services We Provide

Dental Checkups & Cleanings

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that parents schedule an appointment with a pediatric dentist before their child turns a year old or six months after the eruption of the first tooth, whichever comes first. Thereafter, parents need to bring their children in for regular dental checkups every six months.

Fluoride Treatment

During a fluoride treatment, a special fluoride varnish is painted onto the child’s teeth. The high concentration of fluoride in this treatment encourages remineralization, which repairs microscopic cavities and strengthens the teeth.

Sealants

A dental sealant is designed to protect a child’s permanent molars from developing cavities. This treatment is highly effective and involves painting a thin layer of resin onto each tooth. This sealant can protect the child’s tooth from decay for years.

Fillings

A dental filling is used to address an area that was once occupied by a cavity. After removing the decay, the pediatric dentist closes the opening with a tooth-colored composite filling. This filling is applied one layer at a time. After the tooth is filled, to ensure a perfect fit, it is trimmed and sculpted.

Braces

Instead of addressing misaligned teeth once a child is within the 12- to-14-year age range, orthodontists recommend addressing these issues earlier, typically when the child reaches the ages of 7 to 11. This early intervention can prevent the need to extract a child’s permanent teeth later on.

Clear Aligners

Today, children can straighten their teeth using clear, removable aligners. These aligners are switched out every week or two and the new set of aligners fits more snugly than the set that is being replaced. With this tooth-straightening method, children can remove their aligners to eat, drink, brush and floss.

Pulp Therapy

This treatment is used when infection has become lodged in the root of a child’s tooth. Although an extraction can be used to address this problem, saving the tooth is preferred as removal of the tooth could cause misalignment issues later. These misalignment issues may occur because once the permanent teeth begin to emerge, the primary teeth play an important role in guiding them into place.

Extractions

Although we try to avoid extracting teeth, there are times when extraction is the only way to solve a problem. Our pediatric dentists’ additional training and experience working with children gives them an advantage over general dentists. At the Smile Workshop, we understand how difficult receiving dental care can be, especially for a child in pain.

Emergency Dentistry

Whether your child is experiencing tooth pain, has knocked out a primary tooth, lost a dental filling or chipped a permanent tooth, call Smile Workshop to schedule an emergency dental visit. We know that tooth emergencies are never "convenient," so we aim to see you as quickly as possible and get your smile back in action.

Tooth Restoration

We restore our patients' smiles using a variety of effective restorative treatments. Each treatment is performed by an experienced pediatric dentist using kid-friendly materials. In addition, our dentist for kids takes great care in helping your child feel comfortable throughout the procedure. Restorative treatments include tooth-colored fillings, root canals, extractions and crowns designed for children.

Space Maintenance

When a primary tooth is lost prematurely, a space maintainer may be necessary. This dental prosthesis is designed to prevent the other teeth from moving into the area that is now open. In addition, having the spacer allows the secondary teeth to emerge in the areas where they are supposed to.

Mouth Guards

A child wears a dental mouth guard to protect his or her teeth while participating in sports and other physically demanding activities. Mouth guards usually cover the upper teeth. Besides protecting the teeth, a mouth guard also protects some of the soft tissues in the mouth, including the lining of the cheeks, tongue and inner lips.