Comprehensive Care That Works
Dr. Jessica provides comprehensive dental care, including preventive care and restorative treatments, to children from the time their first tooth erupts through college. Comprehensive care is about about caring for the whole mouth, not just the teeth. If Dr. Jessica does find an issue with your child’s dental health, she’ll explain the situation to you and discuss available treatment options.
Dr. Jessica provides preventive care for her patients to help head off dental issues before they arise. Preventive care both ensures your child has a healthy mouth and teeth and can help lower the costs of dental care over the course of a lifetime because she will spot small issues with your child’s teeth before they become major concerns. As the mouth is a breeding ground for bacteria that can affect the rest of the body, good dental health also leads to better overall health for your child too, The goal of preventive care is to keep teeth and gums as healthy as possible.
Preventive health at Capital Kids Dentistry includes:
- Infant oral healthcare and toddler screening to evaulate overall oral health, examine tooth development and eruption pattern and discuss diet and feeding habits.
- Educating children and parents about proper brushing habits and flossing habits (to get the gunk out of the tight spaces between teeth).
- Discussing the role nutrition plays in dental health. Dr. Jessica will help you learn to make smart eating choices!
- Dental cleanings and exams twice a year.
- Applying professional topical fluoride at least twice a year. Fluroide reduces the prevalence of dental cavities, or caries, it’s efficacy has been proven in many randomized controlled studies.
- X-Rays to check for cavities, proper growth and development, and potential abnormalities that may require further treatment.
- Orthodontic screenings and referrals.
- Applying sealants to help prevent cavities from starting in the grooves of permanent, and sometimes primary teeth.
Dr. Jessica provides restorative services to treat problems in a minimally invasive manner that ensures the greatest possible comfort for your child.
- Fillings: When teeth have small cavities on one or more surfaces they can be restored/treated with a tooth colored, composite filling material.
- Crowns: If the cavity is farily large, on multiple surfaces, or if the tooth requires root canal treatment, it will most likely need to be restored/treated with a stainelss steel (silver) crown. Stainless Steel Crowns are also used as temporary restorations on permanent molars that are either severely broken down or that have had root canal treatment.
- Extractions: If a tooth is decayed beyond the point to which it cannot be restored and/or if the tooth is so infected then it must be extracted.
- Space Maintainers: If a primary (baby) tooth (typically a molar) is lost prematurely a space maintainer may be needed to hold the space open for the permanent tooth. The maintainer will help prevent the surrounding teeth from tipping/moving into the space.
This is an important tool used by Dr. Jessica and her team to help make patients feel more comfortable in the dental office during exams and treatment. This includes:
- Modeling from other patients
- Positive reinforcement
- Distraction–music, tv
- Helpful tools–mouth pillows, rubber raincoats
- Guessing Games
- Behavior Modification Techniques