Dr. Connell understands that every parent wants the best dental care for their child. At Exceptional Dentistry At Johns Creek, we focus on providing the highest quality pediatric dental care possible to children age 2 and above.
It’s completely normal for a child to be unsure or nervous about their first dental visit, but at Exceptional Dentistry At Johns Creek, they don’t have to be! Our practice is designed to make your child comfortable and excited to visit the dentist.
Pediatric Dental Checkups
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentists (AAPD) advises that children be seen for a checkup every 6 months. These visits allow Dr. Connell to closely monitor new changes in your child’s mouth and ensure that you, as a parent, have the information you need to promote continued oral health in your child. Dr. Connell may suggest additional checkups if your child is more susceptible to cavities, or if your child is showing signs of orthodontic problems.
If your child is anxious, has special needs, or just needs extra help staying calm and comfortable, Dr. Connell may recommend laughing gas. Laughing gas is a completely safe way to help children receive the dental care they need without anxiety or fear.
Once the dental treatment is over, the gas will be completely out of their system after just a few minutes. Laughing gas is widely considered to be low risk. At Exceptional Dentistry At Johns Creek, our goal is to always care for your child’s dental health in the safest way possible.
Dental fluoride treatments are safe and effective in decreasing the amount of cavities in children. Dr. Connell often recommends fluoride treatments along with dental sealants to protect your child’s teeth. Fluoride acts as a shield for the tooth’s outer enamel and can actually reverse early dental decay in some children.
Protective Dental Sealants
Protective dental sealants are thin coats of plastic painted onto your child’s back teeth to protect their deep grooves and depressions from accumulating bacteria and food particles. Studies show that 88% of cavities in American school-aged children are caused by food and bacteria being caught in rear molars.
At Exceptional Dentistry At Johns Creek, we typically apply a protective sealant to your child’s back teeth, premolars and molars. The sealant will last for several years, but we will continue to check it during your child’s regular dental appointments.
Tooth Colored Dental Fillings
Treatment for cavities in children depends on how severe the decay is as well as each child’s age and risk of future cavities. At Exceptional Dentistry At Johns Creek, we typically treat cavities with discreet, effective tooth-colored fillings.
Baby teeth are not as strong as adult teeth. If your child’s tooth suffers a large cavity, the bacteria can damage the pulp inside the tooth, causing pain and inflammation. When the soft tissue inside the pulp chamber becomes infected or inflamed, Dr. Connell might recommend a pulpotomy. Instead of removing the entire tooth, Dr. Connell will put a medicated filling into the pulp chamber to try to keep the remaining pulp inside the tooth alive and healthy.
Pediatric Dental Crowns
Dental crowns are tooth-shaped coverings cemented to a badly damaged tooth to restore the shape and functionality of the tooth. Dr. Connell may recommend a crown for your child’s tooth if it has a large cavity, was broken or chipped due to trauma, or if the tooth hasn’t developed correctly.
Unfortunately, sometimes a child’s tooth may be too badly decayed to save. In this case, Dr. Connell will perform an extraction. An extraction may also be recommended if the tooth is severely fractured or is crowding other healthy teeth.
Frenectomy (Tongue Tie Release)
Your child’s tongue is an important part of their oral structure. It affects the position of the teeth, periodontal tissue, swallowing, speech development and nutrition. “Tongue Tie” is a condition where the tissue on the underside of the tongue that connects to the floor of their mouth is too short, limiting the tongue’s range of motion. In infants, it can cause problems with breastfeeding, and in young children, it can cause problems with speech. Treatment for this condition is relatively simple, and early intervention is key.
Is your child due for a preventive checkup? Give Exceptional Dentistry At Johns Creek a call to schedule their appointment with Dr. Connell at our Suwanee dental office today!