Village Pediatric Dentistry is pleased to provide exceptional services for patients of all ages. When looking for a dentist for teens, you can feel confident that your child will receive the high-quality, compassionate care they deserve in a timely and caring fashion. We know how difficult it can be to get a busy teenager in for regular dental care, especially as they navigate school, extracurricular activities, sports, and other obligations. But by committing to better oral healthcare, your teen can be sure their smile is healthy, beautiful, and ready for an upcoming job interview, first date, or graduation. Let us help guide your teen’s smile into adulthood by contacting us to schedule an appointment today.
A teenager’s smile is important. Although they may not realize it, their teeth and gums require regular cleaning to ensure cavities, gum disease, and bad breath do not develop. With six-month dental checkups and cleanings at our dental office, we can check for signs of decay and monitor for any bite development changes that might require orthodontic treatment. We’ll also thoroughly clean their smile by removing hardened plaque and tartar before giving their teeth a final polish for a healthier, more refreshed smile.
Once your child’s permanent teeth erupt, it can continue to be difficult to clean the hard-to-reach areas of the mouth, specifically their back molars and premolars. To prevent bacteria and food particles from creeping into the pits and grooves of these teeth, our team can easily apply dental sealants. This protective coating will serve as a barrier to keep cavities from forming and safeguard your teen’s smile for years to come. Taking only minutes to apply, the process is completely painless.
As a natural mineral that is safe and effective when administered in appropriate doses, fluoride treatments can be administered during your teen’s regular dental checkup and cleaning appointment. By applying a topical fluoride gel that is highly-concentrated to the surfaces of their teeth, we can not only combat tooth decay before cavities begin to form, but we can also strengthen tooth enamel, creating a more durable and better protected smile. Similar to dental sealants, fluoride treatments are completely painless and require only a few minutes for proper application.
If your teen is complaining about pain in a particular tooth, it may be that a cavity has already developed. To keep the infection from penetrating further into the dentin or pulp layers, a tooth-colored filling can be applied. Using composite resin that is matched to their natural tooth color, your child’s dentist will clear away any decayed areas of the tooth before filling it with the resin and using a curing light to harden it into place. This will create a tight seal that blends in seamlessly with the rest of their smile.
Although it would be nice for all dental problems to occur above the surface, this is simply not the case. And because your teen’s dentist cannot see what lies beneath the gum line, digital x-rays are necessary to provide a closer look. Fortunately, older methods are no longer used in-house. Instead, we rely on digital solutions that offer higher quality images and emit up to 90% less radiation, making them a safer alternative. Not to mention, digital images allow our team to access your teen’s smile images more readily in the future should we need to create a personalized treatment plan.
When a toothache becomes more than just a nagging problem, it may be that your teen is experiencing an infection that has advanced deep within the innermost layer – the pulp. Causing immense pain, our team can remove the infected tissue, clean the interior canals, and remove any unhealthy pulp while leaving healthy structures behind. This will ensure your teen’s tooth is safe from possible extraction, and they can go on to enjoy a fully functional smile without pain or worry.
Dental emergencies are not uncommon among teenagers, especially if they are active in sports. From knocked-out or chipped teeth to broken or fractured smiles that come with a busted lip, the team at Village Pediatric Dentistry is here to provide timely care when they need it most. By calling our office to alert us to the situation, we can recommend an immediate appointment or provide at-home tips to care for a particular injury until it’s possible to see a dentist.
Because tooth decay is a common problem among children and busy teens, it’s no surprise that dental crowns are a popular restorative treatment these days. With so many obligations and responsibilities, your teen may be neglecting their oral hygiene in the morning and/or at night, resulting in increased decay that requires more than a tooth-colored filling to fix. With customized crowns that can restore a tooth’s shape, size, and structure, we can protect their smile for the future and minimize the potential for reinfection or damage along the way.
Tooth extractions are never the go-to solution here at Village Pediatric Dentistry. Naturally, we want all our patients to maintain their regular, healthy teeth for as long as possible. However, should your teenager have a severely decayed tooth that cannot be saved, we will likely recommend a tooth extraction to avoid more serious problems in the future. This safe and effective procedure will be performed with the help of sedation dentistry, allowing your teen to remain completely comfortable and relaxed throughout the procedure.
If you’re looking to keep your teen’s smile intact while engaging in their favorite sport, make sure to ask us about our customized athletic mouthguards. Using impressions of your child’s teeth, we can have a unique oral device created that fits comfortably and is easy to wear. Not only will this reduce their risk for potential dental injuries during the game, but as the parent, you can rest easier knowing their smiles are fully protected while watching from the sidelines.