Pediatric Dentistry Services
We’re wild about smiles.
From the first day of pre-K through high school graduation, we’re here to help your child have the brightest smile, the strongest teeth and the healthiest oral hygiene possible.
Through fun, personal and positive interaction, we’ll show them how to perform daily hygiene practices, help develop their understanding and excitement for regular “check-ups” and find age-appropriate ways to encourage healthy habits at home.
Beyond routine dental care, it’s possible your child may need additional ”restorative services” at some point for a variety of reasons such as school sports injuries, early tooth decay or impacted wisdom teeth. We offer your child the highest quality oral restoration through advanced techniques, cutting-edge technology and continual maintenance and care with the following services.
The concept of a “filling” is replacing and restoring your tooth structure that is damaged due to decay or fracture with a material.
An extraction is the complete removal of a tooth. Extractions are sometimes necessary if a primary tooth is preventing the normal eruption of a permanent tooth, if the tooth has suffered extensive tooth decay or trauma that cannot be repaired, if the patient has gum disease, or if the tooth is impacted (usually the wisdom teeth). Depending on the complexity of the case, an extraction can be performed surgically or non-surgically. A mild anesthesia is used to ensure your child is as comfortable as possible throughout the procedure.
Your third molars are more commonly called ‘wisdom teeth’.
Your third molars are more commonly called “wisdom teeth.” Usually appearing in the late teens or early twenties, third molars often lack the proper space in the jaw to erupt fully or even at all. This common condition is called impaction. When any tooth lacks the space to come through or simply develops in the wrong place of your jaw and becomes impacted, problems can arise. Primarily, damage to adjacent teeth and crowding occur.
In certain cases, the wisdom tooth that cannot come through becomes inflamed under the gums and in the jawbone, causing a sac to develop around the root of the tooth that then fills with liquid. This can cause a cyst or an abscess if it becomes infected. If either of these situations goes untreated, serious damage to the underlying bone and surrounding teeth and tissues can result.
To potentially stave off this result, an extraction of one, several or all of the wisdom teeth may be advised. If that is the case, we will refer your child to an oral surgeon for the extraction of your wisdom teeth. Ask our staff for more information regarding tooth extractions if you feel your child may need one.
We offer one of the latest technological advances in dentistry.
We offer one of the latest technological advances in dentistry with digital radiography (X-rays). A sensor is placed in the mouth, and a computer generates an image immediately, as opposed to the general 4-6 minute wait time for images taken on dental film. These X-rays can also be enhanced on the computer and enlarged.
Not only are they friendly to the environment, they are much safer than traditional X-rays. Digital radiographs reduce radiation exposure by 90 percent!
With our office being fully computerized, we are able to keep our patients thoroughly informed of their treatment options and progress. We can display the digital images captured by X-ray and photographs and display them on a computer monitor allowing for accurate diagnosis and treatment planning.
Nitrous oxide, more commonly known as ‘laughing gas’
Sedation dentistry refers to the use of sedation during dental treatment. Sedation is most commonly used during extensive procedures, for patients with dental phobia or for patients who find it difficult to sit still. There are different types of sedation, including nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”), oral sedatives and general anesthetic.
Sedation can range from the use of nitrous oxide to calm a patient to general anesthetics used to put patients to sleep. Patients with dental phobia, low pain tolerance, major dental treatment, physical handicaps or strong gag reflexes may require sedation.
Sedation is endorsed by the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and is an effective way to make many patients comfortable during their dental visit. Before using a sedative or anesthetic, it is important to tell your dentist about any medications or medical treatments you are receiving. Before administering any sedative or anesthetic, your dentist will talk to you about the process of sedation and pre-and post-sedation instructions.
Nitrous oxide, more commonly known as “laughing gas,” is often used as a conscious sedative during a dental visit. The gas is administered with a mixture of oxygen and has a calming effect that helps phobic or anxious patients relax during their dental treatment. Because it is a mild sedative, patients are still conscious and can talk to their dentist during their visit. After treatment, the nitrous is turned off and oxygen is administered for 5-10 minutes to help flush any remaining gas. The effects wear off almost immediately. Nitrous oxide rarely has side effects, although some patients may experience minor nausea and constipation. Your doctor will provide you with pre-and post-sedation instructions.
Voted Best of the Best for Pediatric Dentistry
PDOC has been voted Best of the Best for Pediatric Dentistry in Chattanooga and North Georgia.
Receiving this award from the community we love and serve is a privilege we never take for granted. We look forward to bringing big, beautiful smiles to you and your family for many years to come.