If you’re looking for a pediatric dentist in American Fork, Utah, Murdock & Searle cannot be beat. We’ve been offering high-quality pediatric dentistry services for years, and kids love visits Dr. Murdock and Dr. Searle offered in our warm, inviting environment. Whether your child enters our office for an exam or to receive a dental procedure, they have nothing to fear from the time they walk in the door.
As follows are some of the pediatric dental services we offer:
- Exams and preventative cleanings
- Fluoride treatments
- Fillings and crowns
- Gingivitis treatment
Dental problems specific to children and teenagers
Young children and teenagers have specific dental needs, as they are prone to certain dental issues. For this reason, it is essential to take your kids to a dentist who is experienced in treating children and young adults.
Here are just a few of the dental problems we commonly treat in kids:
- Baby teeth that start to come out in fragments, requiring extraction to ensure safe removal.
- Infected tooth pulp in a baby tooth, in which we perform a pulpotomy to remove the infected pulp without removing the affected tooth (so as to prevent spacing issues).
- Gingivitis in teenagers, caused by changing hormone levels.
- Wisdom tooth removal, which often becomes necessary in young adulthood to prevent tooth impaction and other issues.
- Small chips in front teeth, which we repair with dental bonding.
- Frequent cavities on chewing surfaces of molars, which we help prevent with fluoride treatments and dental sealants.
Preventative pediatric dentistry
The American Dental Association recommends taking your infant in for their first dental visit by age one or as soon as their first tooth comes in. This initial visit helpsus identify any risk factors (such as feeding fruit juice in a bottle) that could lead to early tooth decay, while also advising parents on the proper dental routine they should adopt with their young child. With early dental visits, we can also identify children who may need advanced intervention from an orthodontist or prosthodontist.
Emergency pediatric dentistry
In some cases, your child may require an emergency dentist visit. For example, one of their teeth might get chipped or knocked out during sports or rough play. In such cases, we recommend you call us immediately. Taking immediate action will help save the tooth and prevent infection.
If your child’s baby tooth is fractured, chipped, or knocked out, in addition to calling us immediately, we recommend rinsingthe child’s mouth with water and applying cold compresses to reduce swelling.
For more advice on kids’ dental emergencies, The American Academy of Pediatric
Dentistry offers this handy guide to prepare parents for the most commontypes of childhood tooth injuries.
If it’s been at least six months since your child’s last visit to a dentist’s office, schedule a visit with us today.