Our goal is to provide the best, pediatric and orthodontic dental care in an atmosphere that encourages your child to feel relaxed and comfortable. We are certified as specialists in pediatric dentistry and orthodontics by the State of Michigan and have over 30 years of experience in treating children. As experts in dental development we are uniquely qualified to assess your child's changing dental needs and protect your child's dental future.
We are trained to deal with all children and teens and it shows! We also provide dental care to special needs patients including those who are physically and mentally challenged or who have behavior problems and cleft palate. We are current in the latest findings and most up-to-date procedures in pediatric dentistry and orthodontics for young people.
Your child's first dental appointment will include such things as a complete dental exam, appropriate x-rays when indicated, thorough dental cleaning, preventive fluoride treatment, nutritional counseling and oral hygiene techniques. If your child is three years old or younger and exhibits decay, fracturing or discoloration on the upper anterior teeth, this may be an indication of nursing bottle caries. We would need to see your child immediately.
Our pediatric dentists are skilled in all aspects of dental care for children. Each has received two additional years of advanced training involving the many phases of pediatric dentistry. Our pediatric dentists are specialists who are dedicated to your child's oral health and are best qualified to meet their needs.
Our services include:
Age One Dental Visit
According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, a child's first checkup should occur by age 1. At this important visit we will check the baby teeth for early cavities, show you how to care for a young child's mouth properly, go over your child's developmental milestones, and discuss the importance of good oral hygiene.
Fillings are used to seal a small hole (cavity) in your tooth that is caused by decay. This simple, painless procedure prevents decay bacteria from spreading further into your tooth, and possibly infecting the root canal. Both metal fillings and tooth-colored fillings are available.
Dental sealants are invisible plastic resin coatings that smooth out the chewing surfaces of the back teeth — the place where your child is most likely to get tooth decay. A sealed tooth is far less likely to develop a cavity, which could require expensive dental treatment and cause your child pain.
Treating Specially Challenged Children
Proper dental care is just as important for children with special needs as it is for any child. Yet it's sometimes more difficult for kids with special needs to get optimal care. We can help, with appropriate procedures and extra personal attention in the office.
Cosmetic bonding uses tooth-colored materials to replace missing tooth structure or hide minor defects like chips, discoloration, or irregular spacing. It's a great option for children and teens, who often need to wait for their teeth to mature before choosing a more permanent restoration.
Crowns are coverings placed over damaged teeth to strengthen them, and allow them to look and function normally again. Metal crowns are sometimes recommended as a temporary solution for damaged baby teeth, until the permanent teeth come in.
Fluoridated water has been called one of the most significant health achievements of the 20th century — but not every child gets enough fluoride. That's one reason why a topical fluoride supplement, applied here in the dental office, may be recommended for your child.
It's easier to treat many orthodontic problems during childhood because the body is still developing rapidly. Whether you need standard braces, clear aligners, or appliances like palatal expanders, it's possible to make big changes in a short period of time.
If your child loses a baby tooth prematurely, a “space maintainer” may be needed to hold the space open until the permanent tooth comes in to fill it. This appliance will help your child's bite develop properly — and hopefully avoid the need for braces later on.
Besides being painful, a child's sports-related dental injury can mean time lost from school and work, plus substantial cost. A properly fitted, comfortable mouthguard, worn at practice and games, can greatly reduce the likelihood of serious dental injury.
Sedation dentistry can be of great benefit to children and teenagers who would otherwise be anxious and fearful during dental treatment. With local anesthetics and sedative medications, it's possible for your child to have a dental experience that's free of anxiety and pain.
Emergency Dental Treatment
If you have a life-threatening or severe injury, call 911 or go directly to the nearest hospital emergency room. We can treat a variety of traumatic dental injuries, including teeth that have been chipped, moved, or knocked out entirely. Please call our office for assistance.