Procedures for Kids

Frenectomies

A frenectomy is a short surgical procedure that removes or loosens a band of muscle tissue that is connected to the upper lip or floor of the mouth underneath the tongue. It is usually performed with a laser under local anesthetic and heals within 10-14 days. Thick upper and lower frenums have been associated with problems breastfeeding among newborns, tongue mobility, speech, malocclusion and gingival recession.

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Pit and Fissure Sealants

Sealants play a significant role in the prevention and control of caries in pits and fissures of permanent teeth. To help protect caries-susceptible tooth surfaces, sealants should be placed as soon as possible after the tooth erupts. They are indicated for non-carious permanent molars.

Composite Resin Restorations

Composite restorations (white fillings) are used for primary and permanent teeth after the removal of tooth decay.

Stainless Steel Crowns

Stainless steel crowns are prefabricated crown forms that are adapted to individual teeth.

They are indicated when gross decay, decalcification or developmental defects are present, following pulpotomies or pulpectomies that weaken the teeth and make them prone to fracture. The crown will last the life of the primary tooth, and the patient will not have to undergo repeated restorations on the same tooth.

Pulpotomy (Nerve Treatment)

The pulpotomy is a procedure that requires the removal of part of the nerve tissue that has been infected. The remaining vital tissue is then treated to preserve the function of the tooth.

Space Maintainers

The best space maintenance therapy is the preservation of the primary molars until they are lost naturally. Sometimes, when the teeth are unrestorable, the need for extraction is unavoidable. The purpose of the space maintainers or "spacers" is to preserve the space for the developing permanent tooth.

Common Appliances

Lower Lingual Holding Arch (lower jaw with more than one missing tooth)

Band and Loop (single missing tooth)

Nance Appliance (upper jaw with more than one missing tooth)

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