Our Dental Services for Kids
Friendly, competent and gentle treatment for your child
Children have certain dental needs that are different to an adult, and as a pediatric office we are trained and experienced in handling these. The main issue that parents run into is getting their child to go to the dentist. That’s why we set up our office to be a fun-filled environment full of toys, video games, movies, cartoons, music and even funny mirrors!
We love kids! Our friendly & understanding approach
That’s only half our approach, however, as just as important is how Dr. Rex and our staff treat children. Your child will get genuine friendly, understanding and compassionate treatment. Each of our staff loves kids and Dr. Rex even has four young children himself!
Comfortable, no-fear zone
Kids feel comfortable in our office and we make sure they are relaxed at all times. We have a great rapport with kids and are attuned to their needs. We use topical anesthesia to numb the gum before injection, but most kids don’t notice the shot anyway, as they are watching cartoons or otherwise busy being entertained. Because we are so good at what we do, we have a high compliance rate, getting children the dental treatment they need with no or minimal need for sedation or general anesthesia (or expensive hospital visits). And our kids leave happy and wanting to come back again!
Gentle, comprehensive treatment for all your child’s dental needs
Children do have different dental needs than an adult. They have baby teeth that are going to be replaced by adult teeth and their jaw is still growing. They can be more sensitive to pain or at least more wary of it. Our treatment is specialized for their specific needs.
Read below about our dental treatment specific for children.
We provide both silver (amalgam) and tooth-colored composite fillings. Silver fillings are made from a combination of silver, tin, copper and mercury. They cost less than composite fillings and are also a little quicker to place. Our tooth-colored fillings are made from high quality resin that is bonded to the tooth, these fillings can look more aesthetic. Dr. Rex will consult with you on what type of filling will work best for your child.
Crowns (or Caps)
Children with large cavities that have damaged a tooth usually need a crown. Sometimes parents will want to cap a chipped or stained baby tooth for aesthetic reasons. For baby teeth, Dr. Rex uses affordable, durable prefabricated crowns. He usually uses hardy stainless steel crowns for the back teeth and stainless steel with porcelain veneers for the front teeth.
Children with an adult tooth will get a regular adult crown.
Baby Root Canals (Pulpotomies)
A baby root canal, or pulpotomy, is basically the first step in a full adult root canal. In a pulpotomy the doctor is only removing the pulp tissue in the crown of the tooth, above the root canals.
Dr. Rex performs a pulpotomy when there is a deep cavity that reaches into the nerve (pulp) of the tooth. The pulpal tissue becomes inflamed, and can cause toothache. If the infection continues without treatment the tooth will probably abscess, in which the case the baby tooth will need to be extracted.
An alternative is to remove the baby tooth and wait until the permanent tooth comes in, but Dr. Rex will often recommend a pulpotomy in order to preserve the tooth for chewing and aesthetic purposes and to maintain the space between teeth and so avoid future orthodontic problems.
Dr. Rex removes the infected pulp of the tooth in the crown. He then places a medicated filling in the nerve space, which eliminates any bacteria and calms the remaining nerve. Finally, he puts a cap on the tooth to restore normal chewing function and to hold the space until the permanent tooth comes in.
Dr. Rex performs a pulpotomy in one short visit. And of course, he makes sure your child is comfortable and pain-free at all times.
We make extractions an efficient and comfortable procedure. Your child won’t even know their tooth is being pulled. They will be well-anesthetized and are usually watching cartoons or movies.
To make an appointment, call (541) 318-5688 or click here to request an appointment online.