At our office, Dr. Sonal Naik treats kids of all ages in Flower Mound. From preventive to restorative care, we do it all, and we offer kid-friendly, gentle treatment. Contact us today to schedule your child’s visit!
Silver diamine fluoride (SDF) uses a blend of ammonia, silver, water, and fluoride to halt the progression of cavities. If you do not want to have your child’s tooth filled because it will likely fall out soon, or they’re too young to get a filling, SDF is a great option. However, it is typically only used on baby teeth, because SDF stains the tooth black permanently.
Stainless steel crowns are used to treat severely decayed teeth in kids. They cover up and protect the entire structure, stopping further damage to the affected tooth.
Dr. Naik will numb your child’s tooth, trim it to remove decayed material, and reshape it to provide a strong hold for your child’s crown. Then, she will select a pre-fitted crown and bond it into place with dental cement. Minor adjustments will be made, if necessary. Then the procedure is complete.
Stainless steel crowns are inexpensive, durable, and protect the tooth more effectively than dental fillings. We can help restore your child's oral health with a stainless steel crown today!
If your child loses a baby tooth prematurely, a space maintainer might be necessary. As the name suggests, a space maintainer is attached to your child’s healthy teeth, and maintains the proper gap between them, preventing crowding or shifting of the teeth which would make it difficult for the adult tooth to erupt properly.
A frenectomy is the best way to resolve tongue and lip ties (ankyloglossia). In this condition, the bands of tissue attached to the lips or tongue are excessively thick, which can interfere with breastfeeding, eating, and speech. A frenectomy is used to snip these bands of tissue, and restore the proper range of motion to your child’s tongue or lips.
A pulpotomy, also called a “baby root canal,” is used if your child’s tooth has become infected. Dr. Naik will open up the tooth, clean it, apply a medicated dressing to the pulp, and then seal the tooth with a stainless steel crown. This helps heal the infection and aids in the prevention of a potential extraction.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that kids see a dentist by their first birthday. Why? Because early, frequent visits to the dentist let your child become more familiar with the process, ensure your dentist can track their oral health as they grow, and reduce the likelihood that they will develop dental anxiety later in life.
It can be useful to read some children’s books or watch kids videos about dentistry before coming in for your child’s visit, so that they can learn a little bit about the basics, and what to expect.
We recommend a morning appointment, so that your child won’t be cranky or tired. Be positive before going to the dentist. Kids can sense how you feel, so if you’re nervous, they will be nervous. Use positive reinforcement, and make sure your child feels comfortable while waiting for their appointment.