If you feel jittery about visiting the dentist, imagine the terrors your child faces, looking at the illustrated pictures plastered on the walls depicting rotten teeth and jaws with forceps and clips. You can’t really blame them for being scared, can you? Most adults can get more than a little queasy when it’s time to schedule a dental appointment!
For most pediatric dentists, the first daunting task is to instill confidence in a scared child before examining them. Our dentists and nursing staff at the Monarch Dental Clinic are well-versed in handling children, calming them down with soothing chit-chat to help them feel at ease. In addition to complete oral health-care, we provide a safe and friendly environment for children, right from infancy to adolescence.
Our skilled dentists rely on a variety of specialized techniques and procedures which are designed to manage the complex dental problems of children.
Treatments Included in Child Dentistry
Children can’t handle pain like most adults do, so our treatments for dental problems in children are tailored accordingly, designed to protect your little one from unnecessary mental and physical trauma, pain or discomfort during dental procedures.
- Fillings – When cavities destroy small portions of the teeth, the affected areas have to be cleaned thoroughly and filled to reduce any further damage. For children’s teeth, we generally use a composite resin made of glass particles and plastic, which is strong, durable and color-matched to natural teeth. It also bonds with natural tooth enamel and helps to fill in gaps between uneven teeth.
- Root Canal – The best treatment for cavities in a child’s tooth is a root canal procedure. To prevent further gum or tissue damage, the affected area is filled and capped with ceramic or metal implants. During this procedure, our experts will educate the child on the long term problems and effects of tooth decay, as well as preventive measures for good oral hygiene.
- Fluoride Application – Fluoride plays a crucial role in the preventing cavities, especially for children. We encourage regular brushing with fluoride toothpaste. In cases where brushing alone is ineffective at protecting developing teeth, fluoride may need to be applied twice a year to reduce the likelihood of cavities being formed. At our clinic, pediatric dentists can apply fluoride in two ways:
- Topically – Using gels, mouth rinses or a varnish
- Systemic – Providing fluoride through salt tablets mixed with water or drops
- Space Maintainer – When a tooth falls off prematurely, a new tooth will grow to replace it. If a permanent tooth takes an unreasonably long time to form, the surrounding teeth can bend into the gap, causing problems that will require painful orthodontic treatment at a later stage. A space maintainer is used to maintain an empty space for the new tooth. The space maintainer clip ensures sufficient space for a new tooth and supports the surrounding teeth too.
Paediatric dental treatments at the Royal Clinic aren’t time-consuming, usually lasting just a few hours so children can be discharged the same day. Our doctors, nurses and orderly staff are friendly and love children, so they strive to make the entire experience as comfortable and painless as possible!