Pediatric Dental Treatments and Oral Surgeries

Dr. Khemka Dental Clinic

Pediatric dentists (also known as pedodontists) are dentists who specialize in the oral health of children from infancy through adolescence. They have extensive knowledge and training in managing the unique dental needs and behaviors of children, allowing them to deliver age-appropriate and child-friendly dental care. While most dental treatments for children are non-surgical, there are some cases where surgical procedures may be necessary. They provide a wide range of preventive, diagnostic, and treatment services, including:

Examinations and cleanings :

Pedodontists perform regular examinations and cleanings to help prevent tooth decay and gum disease.

Fluoride treatments :

Fluoride is a mineral that helps to strengthen teeth and prevent decay. Pedodontists may apply fluoride varnish to children's teeth or recommend that they use fluoride toothpaste and rinses.

Sealants :

Sealants are a thin coating that can be applied to the chewing surfaces of teeth to protect them from decay.

Fillings :

Pedodontists can repair decayed teeth with fillings made of tooth-colored materials.

Crowns :

Crowns are caps that can be placed over a tooth to restore its shape and function.

Root canal treatment :

Root canal treatment is a procedure that removes the infected pulp of a tooth and fills the canal with a material that prevents decay.

Extractions :

Pedodontists may need to extract teeth that are decayed, damaged, or impacted.

Oral surgery :

Pedodontists may perform some oral surgical procedures, such as placing dental implants or removing wisdom teeth.

Pedodontists are trained to work with children of all ages, including those who are anxious or afraid of dental treatment. They use a variety of techniques to help children feel comfortable and relaxed during treatment, such as:

Using positive reinforcement :

Pedodontists praise children for their cooperation and good behavior.

Using distraction techniques :

Pedodontists may use toys, games, or videos to distract children during treatment.

Using nitrous oxide (laughing gas) :

Nitrous oxide is a safe and effective sedative that can be used to help children relax during treatment.

Using general anesthesia :

General anesthesia is a medication that puts the child to sleep during treatment.

Pedodontists are an important part of the team that provides comprehensive oral health care for children. They work with parents, general dentists, and other healthcare providers to ensure that children have healthy teeth and gums throughout their lives.