Newtown Dentistry for Kids goes out of its way to ensure your child’s dental experiences are fun, stress-free, and top-quality. In our super kid-friendly environment, we provide a range of dental services for kids of all ages—from infants and toddlers to preteens and teenagers. We are specially trained in pediatric medicine and in the latest diagnostic and treatment technologies so we can achieve the highest level of dental care for our young patients.
Routine Children’s Dental Services
From the sight of their first tooth through their teenage years, your child’s teeth require specific age-appropriate routine dental care. We recommend regular checkups and cleanings every six months. We utilize a number of cavity detection and prevention methods and technologies as well as other professional dental services for kids at these regular checkups.
Special Innovations and Dental Services For Kids
Some of the innovations and services we regularly make use of include:
Silver diamine fluoride is a safe, FDA-approved antibiotic liquid used by dentists to control active dental caries—or cavities—and prevent further decay. The treatment is so easy, low-risk, and painless that we offer it as a part of your child’s routine checkup. This noninvasive application prevents the growth of cavities 70-90% of the time.
Dental sealants are thin coatings painted on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (molars) to block out germs and food. Once applied, sealants protect against 80% of cavities for two years and continue to protect against 50% of cavities for up to four years. School-age children (ages 6-11) without sealants have almost three times more first molar cavities than those with sealants.
There are a number of reasons a tooth extraction may be recommended for your child: infection under the tooth (known as an abscess), a cavity too large to fill or crown, overcrowding teeth, or orthodontic applications. While adult extractions are done by an oral surgeon, our pediatric dentists perform the extractions in-house at a special appointment.
In an effort to ensure your child has a relaxing, stress-free dental experience, we offer nitrous oxide—or laughing gas. To administer laughing gas, we gently place over their nose a breathing mask that supplies oxygen mixed with laughing gas. Within a few minutes, your child will start to feel relaxed. Dental laughing gas is safe, quick to act, and quick to wear off.
If your child experiences dental anxiety, Hall crowns are a good method of managing various primary molars. Preformed metal crowns, also known as stainless steel crowns, cover the molars and do not require local anesthesia, tissue removal, or tooth preparation of any kind. When following up after 15 months, 97% of placed Hall crowns were found to be successful.
The CariScreen Caries Susceptibility Test is a simple, one-minute, chair-side, pain-free, swab bacterial test for assessing your child’s risk for caries. Our dentist will swab a small amount of plaque from your child’s teeth and combine it with a special reagent (embedded in the swab). The CariScreen Meter provides a score between 0 and 9,999 for the risk of caries—anything under 1,500 is in the positive range.
With state-of-the-art technologies and treatments, our in-house orthodontists will help your child receive the most appropriate orthodontic care. We use braces, 3M aligners, Invisalign, and other orthodontic treatments to meet your child’s individual needs. All orthodontic consultations are free!
To achieve the most precise dental care for your child in a low-risk, low-stress environment, we make use of the newest advanced dental imaging and laser technologies, including:
At Newtown Dentistry for Kids, we utilize digital technologies for faster and safer X-rays.
Digital X-rays reduce radiation up to 90% and are faster than traditional imaging procedures. We connect our low-radiation X-rays to a computer for more precise analyses of tooth decay. And we ensure that our patients wear protective leaded aprons to minimize X-ray exposure.
As a part of our efforts to provide minimally invasive dental care for kids, we use a Soprolife camera to detect decay—even in its earliest stages—which can be missed by your dentist’s eye or even X-rays. It also distinguishes between healthy and infected tissue. The camera uses fluorescence technology—not ultraviolet or ionizing rays.
To achieve a precise level of dental care for your child, we use a state-of-the-art 3D Panorex digital X-ray imaging system. The camera is noninvasive and safe. It works by rotating a small burst of light around your child’s head to capture very detailed images of their teeth.
To help correct tongue-ties, our dentists perform a tongue-tie release utilizing a LightScapel CO2 laser. Parents love the LightScapel CO2 laser because it makes the in-house surgery quick, sedation-free, and pain-free. There’s no bleeding, and it comes with a rapid recovery time.
Whether it’s your baby’s first visit or your teenager needs braces, learn all about the children’s dental services we provide. Call us anytime at (215) 774-5193 or make an appointment here.