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Preventive Dentistry - Aledo, TX

PREVENTION SERVICES

Our top priority at Aledo Pediatric Dentistry is to do everything we can to prevent issues with oral health. Prevention begins with consistent healthy dental habits, a healthy balanced diet and regular visits to the dentist at a very early age. We cater to children of every age, and we love to develop good oral hygiene and well rounded nutrition with our families. Learn about our prevention services in the boxes below.

SEALANTS

A dental sealant is a tooth-colored material that coats the grooves and fissures on the back teeth to help protect those surfaces from dental cavities. Children typically receive sealants around the ages of six and twelve on their adult molars. Aledo Pediatric Dentistry provides sealants that are BPA-free to safely protect your child’s teeth.

FLUORIDE TREATMENT

Having fluoride treatments done twice a year will decrease your child’s risk of dental decay by strengthening their teeth. After your child’s examination and cleaning, Dr. A will recommend what type of fluoride treatment, if any, is right for your child.

LOW RADIATION X-RAYS

We are mindful of minimizing your child’s exposure to radiation. We use digital x-rays which are 90% less radiation than traditional dental x-rays. Dental x-rays will only be taken on an as needed basis. Digital panoramic radiographs are also available to evaluate the growth and development of your child.

FIRST DENTAL VISIT AT 1 YEARS OLD

At Aledo Pediatric Dentistry we want to help our parents set a good oral health foundation at infancy. This visit will be intended to help manage expectations for teething, breastfeeding and bottle feeding, and helping parents to curate a plan to start healthy habits early!

DENTAL EXAMS AND ORAL HYGIENE

Routine dental evaluations are important to assess the dental health of your child, to properly diagnose and create a unique dental plan for your child, and to provide risk management to reduce cavities. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry guidelines recommend that your child should be seen for cleanings and exams every six months.

BEHAVIOR MANAGEMENT SERVICES

Dr. A and her amazing team at Aledo Pediatric Dentistry do their best to make your child feel relaxed and at ease, but sometimes, a child may feel anxious before or during treatment. There are different options she might suggest that are available if it appears cooperation or safety is an issue. Children who benefit from sedation dentistry may have the following:

Restorative Dentistry Services

Over the past few years the incidence of tooth decay has decreased due with the use of fluoride and increases in patients awareness. Teeth are nonetheless still susceptible to decay, infection, and breakage and sometimes need to be restored to get them back to health. We offer patient tailored options for restoring baby teeth and permanent teeth back to their normal shape, appearance and function.

CROWNS

Sometimes cavities on baby teeth are too deep or too big for white fillings, crowns may be recommended for best support, function, and prognosis of the tooth. We offer all white, no metal Zirconium crowns, as well as, stainless steel crowns.

TOOTH COLOR FILLING

Aledo Pediatric Dentistry offers white colored BPA-free fillings (composite restorations) that contain no mercury. These are appropriate for smaller dental cavities and are aesthetic.

SILVER DIAMINE FLUORIDE

Silver Diamine Fluoride is a newer treatment that helps arrest dental caries (cavities) from continuing to progress. This allows us to treat dental decay in younger children who may have a difficult time sitting long enough to complete the treatment. The side effect of this material is that it does cause black discoloration in the decayed portion of the tooth. This is how we know the treatment is effective.

NERVE TREATMENT

When dental decay extends to the nerve of the tooth, pulp treatment is completed to the affected nerve in an attempt to preserve the tooth. The purpose of a pulpotomy (baby root canal) is to maintain tooth vitality and prevent early loss of the baby tooth. Early loss of baby teeth can possibly lead to future problems with the erupting permanent teeth.

EXTRACTIONS & SPACES MAINTAINERS

A tooth that has got infected or injured may need help getting to the tooth fairy earlier than nature intended. An infection should not be left in a child’s baby tooth because it can damage the permanent tooth developing behind it, also the infection can spread and cause other health-related problems and pain. Space maintainers are recommended to hold the space of the missing tooth until the permanent tooth is ready to erupt.