Pediatric Dentistry FAQs (frequently asked questions)
FAQs (frequently asked questions)
Why fix this tooth or teeth if they are baby teeth? To prevent infection from occurring in the permanent teeth it is important to address carries in baby teeth. Children typically lose their last baby tooth at around age 12.
How many baby teeth are there? 20
When will my child lose their first tooth? (Exfoliate schedule). The average age is six years but can be as early as four years or as late as seven. Usually, the earlier baby teeth come in the earlier they will exfoliate. The later the baby teeth come in the later they will exfoliate.
Baby teeth are still in the mouth but the adult teeth are erupting. What should we do? Sometimes, especially on the lower front teeth, the baby teeth are still present while the permanent teeth grow in behind. It is quite normal that this happens. Sometimes the baby teeth just need a little more “wiggling” from the child. Other times the root may still be too long and the doctor may need to extract it.
My dentist is referring our child to you for treatment through general Sedation. Do we have other options? Yes – depending on the amount of treatment that is needed, we may be able to use an oral sedation or we may use nitrous oxide.
My child fell and bumped a tooth and it is turning color. What should I Do? Call our office to schedule an appointment to have the tooth checked. Usually, an x-ray is taken when possible to help diagnose treatment.
Why are sealants necessary? Grooves on the biting surfaces of teeth are deep, especially on permanent molars. Sealants help fill in those grooves so it is less likely to get decay.
What is expected from us (parent/guardian) financially? We ask that the initial visit be paid in full at the time of your appointment and your patient portion be paid at all subsequent visits. It is important for you to know what your insurance benefits cover. You are financially responsible for all charges regardless of insurance. More on this website