Will I need to pay for my child’s visit if I have insurance?
Everybody’s insurance plan varies from person to person. Our team will be more than happy to complete a complimentary benefits check to find out your family’s financial responsibility for each appointment.
What if my child does not have any dental insurance?
Our practice offers several financial plans to help make maintaining your child’s health easy and affordable. Please call or stop by to speak to one of our wonderful team members to learn more about Illumisure and Care Credit.
When should I bring my child for their first dental health visit?
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry advises that parents bring their child for their first professional cleaning and exam by the child’s 1st birthday or 6 months after their first tooth has erupted. This appointment allows the doctor to ensure your child is healthy and to note or resolve any suspicious areas in your child’s mouth. This appointment is also the perfect opportunity to learn age appropriate oral hygiene habits that you and your little one should be doing together.
Why should I bring my child to a pediatric dentist instead of my family dentist office?
Pediatric dentists complete two additional years of specialized training to properly evaluate, diagnose, and treat children. Pediatric dentists focus on prevention and promoting growth and development. Children require extra care in establishing and maintaining their oral health for optimal results. Our goal is to create healthy smiles for a healthy body.
Why should my child have dental X-Rays taken?
Once the baby teeth in back are touching one another, annual Bitewings X-rays are recommended to detect any infection or cavity that cannot be seen by naked eye. If your child is at a high risk of dental problems, we may suggest having X-rays taken at an earlier age. Panoramic X-rays help us evaluate the growth and development of your child, check for extra or missing teeth, and rule out any unwanted growths or lesions.
Why do I need to be concerned about Baby teeth? They aren’t permanent.
Baby teeth are essential to the growth and development of your child. They are responsible for so many things, such as,
- enabling your little one to chew properly
- speech development
- maintaining the space and guiding in permanent teeth
- permitting the growth and development of the upper and lower jaw.
Loss of baby teeth due to decay or unresolved trauma can lead to serious complications for your child’s health that go beyond just the mouth.
Are you equipped to treat my child with special needs?
Absolutely! Our team of doctors welcome all children, and are able and willing to make any accommodations necessary to make your child’s appointment a success. We are specially trained and prepared to support, educate, and treat families with all types of needs to ensure a healthy life. It is important for children with special needs to maintain regular dental health visits every 3-6 months as they are more prone to tooth decay and gum disease.
What are sealants and why are they necessary?
Sealants are a great way to protect teeth that are typically prone to decay. Back teeth have deep grooves and narrow crevices that are too small for even our diligent brushers to keep clean. A sealant is a clear resin material which covers the those crevices and fills in the deep grooves. The sealant prevents bacteria from becoming trapped within the deep grooves and crevices, ultimately preventing cavities from developing in those hard to reach pits.
What are the benefits of Laser dentistry?
Dr. Lynda Dean-Duru offers advanced dentistry through laser technology to provide your children with minimally invasive treatment. With the proficient WaterLase® dental laser, we can perform comfortable and pain-free procedures without their lips, cheeks, and tongue being numb for hours! We use the WaterLase® for a variety of procedures, including but not limited to, fillings, soft-tissue procedures, and revision of lip and tongue-ties (frenectomies).
What is IV Sedation and is my child a candidate?
IV Sedation is the perfect solution to providing safe and quality dental care for children that require treatment due to trauma or decay. Children who are younger, have high anxiety, special needs, or extensive treatment plans are strong candidates for IV Sedation. IV sedation allows a child to be treated while they are in a twilight sleep state, breathing on their own. They are under the close supervision at all times of our trusted and highly experienced anesthesiologist, board certified pediatric dentist and specially trained dental assistants.