At Jamboree Dentistry, we pride ourselves in having many specialists in our office. Our specialists include pediatric dentists, oral surgeons, and endodontists (root canal specialists). We have created an environment that can handle all your child’s dental needs without having to go to another office.
Pediatric dentistry is the branch of dentistry dealing with child patients, from birth through adolescence. Pediatric dentists have the qualifications and experience to care for a child’s teeth, gums, and mouth throughout the different stages of childhood.
Some of the services provided by pediatric dentists include:
- Infant oral exams, including risk assessment for caries.
- Preventive treatments including cleaning and fluoride treatments, as well as diet and nutrition recommendations.
- Habit counseling (for example, thumb sucking and pacifier use).
- Early assessment and treatment for correcting an improper bite (orthodontics).
- Filling tooth cavities and repairing tooth defects.
- Treatment of gum diseases including ulcers, short frenulum, mucoceles, and pediatric periodontal disease.
- Treatment of dental injuries (for example, fractured, displaced, or knocked-out teeth).
- Diagnosis of oral conditions that may indicate diseases such as asthma, hay fever, diabetes, congenital heart defect, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
Oral Surgeons perform surgery to treat many diseases, injuries, and defects in the head, neck, face, jaws, and the hard and soft tissues of the mouth, jaws, and face. Surgery may be used for a number of reasons including taking a biopsy, repairing bones, and teeth after an accident, wisdom teeth extraction, correcting a cleft palate or lip, removing an infection, and performing major dental work.
Some of the conditions for which a child may need the services of an oral surgeon include:
- A tooth is impacted. This commonly occurs with wisdom teeth.
- A lesion, tumor or other tissue of the mouth or jaw requires biopsy or removal, or if oral cancer is suspected.
- A tooth breaks off at the gum line and it (or its root fragments) must be removed.
- Facial pain exists, including pain suspected from TMJ.
- Obstructive sleep apnea is suspected.
Endodontic treatment is concerned with the pulp of a tooth. The pulp contains the tooth’s nerve and blood vessels. When the pulp is injured or infected, endodontic treatment is often done to try to save the tooth.
Conditions that may require the attention of an endodontist include:
- A child feels pain in a tooth at any time, for no apparent reason.
- A tooth that is very sensitive to temperature variations.
- A broken tooth which has exposed pulp.
Endodontic treatment done on baby teeth is of two kinds:
Vital Pulp Therapy
If this is required, the tooth’s pulp is removed from the crown of the tooth, but not from the root.
Root Canal Treatment
The pulp is removed from both the crown and the root.
Orthodontists deal with the study and treatment of malocclusion, which may be a result of an irregularity such as crooked teeth. A malocclusion refers to a misalignment or incorrect relation between the upper and lower arches of the teeth.
Orthodontists correct the malocclusion to give the patient a correct bite. To correct the alignment, orthodontists use brackets (braces) connected by wires that over time move misaligned teeth into the correct orientation. Aligner trays such as Invisalign may also be used for the same purpose.
After the teeth have been correctly aligned, the orthodontist will typically give the patient an orthodontic device to wear — a retainer — which holds the teeth in their correct positions while new jaw bone forms around them to stabilize their new position. Retainers are typically worn for a year, but possibly for a longer time.