When a child reaches age two, we recommend that they begin regular exams and dental cleanings.
At this first visit, your child will be examined by Dr. Dubs.
If the child is willing, we will clean his/her teeth and take diagnostic x-rays.
A topical fluoride will be applied to your child's teeth, we will go over brushing and flossing and they will receive a new toothbrush.
At the conclusion, Dr. Dubs will review the dental examination with the parent or guardian.
Sealants are a plastic based protective coating that is painted in the grooves of the teeth. This is used to protect the molars against decay.
These are usually made of metal and are designed to hold space when teeth are lost. They keep the other teeth from shifting into that space and out of alignment. This helps avoid complex orthodontics in some cases.
Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas) and mild liquid sedatives are used at our office, as needed, to help ease apprehension for many of our patients.
Both amalgam restorations (silver) as well as resin restorations (tooth-colored) are available depending on the situation.
We will do extractions if needed due to decay, tooth eruption, and orthodontic purposes. We will extract both primary and permanent teeth.
When a large cavity is present in a primary tooth, a filling may not suffice. A stainless steel crown is used. The crown is very strong and can withhold biting force. When a front tooth needs this type of treatment, a tooth-colored finish is applied.
We have a fully licensed anesthesiologist that comes to the office to make patients more comfortable. We also use a local outpatient surgery center as an option to families with a very young child or a child with special needs.