We know how stressful a visit at the dentist can be for children and their parents. That is why at DENTestetica Kraków, the youngest patients can always count on a special approach and our staff will do their best to make the dentist’s office a friendly place for them.
Child at the dentist
Your child’s first visit to the dentist should be made shortly after the appearance of the first milk teeth, usually between the first and second year of age. This is a great opportunity to make the toddler acquainted with the office and the doctor, and to give parents practical advice and guidance on the proper care of teeth and gums.
As the comfort of patients of all ages is extremely important to us, we have created a special dental treatment room for children in our clinic. We have also implemented procedures that ensure a safe, peaceful and stress-free visit. The friendly atmosphere, the toy corner, colourful fillings, and specially trained personnel are our proven recipe for success.
A new standard of treatment
CAMBRA (Caries Management by Risk Assessment) or assessment of the individual risk of caries development. It’s a tool created by researchers at the University of San Francisco in San Francisco, which has already become a standard treatment for children.
It consists in the doctor and parents completing a special questionnaire, which will firstly assess the risk of caries in a small patient, and also apply appropriate prophylaxis and preventive measures.
Evidently better results
What affects the teeth condition? As it turns out, a lot of factors. Hence, the doctor records whether parents have caries, whether the child takes care at home for teeth, whether he takes medicine, bottle, soother, what water he uses, etc.
After collecting this information, a classic review of the child’s teeth, X-ray, microbiological examination and setting up a treatment plan or follow-up visits follows. Thanks to the data collected from CAMBRA, the accuracy of such a plan will be much higher than in the case of standard dental reviews made for children aged 0-5.
In addition to the treatment plan, parents receive accurate recommendations tailored to the test results and a diagram of individual treatment. This scheme will take into account information from parents about how much time and commitment they will be able to devote to dental care (which part of the procedure will be taken over by the office and what part will be carried out by the parent).
Adaptation visits organized by DENTestetica are meetings intended to familiarize the child with our personnel and with devices and tools that can be found in our clinic. During the visit, children learn the basic principles of oral hygiene and get accustomed to the new place. At the end of the meeting, each little patient receives a reward for courage and as an encouragement for further meetings.
First dental treatment
Although prevention is always better than cure, a doctor’s intervention sometimes becomes a necessity. The modern technological solutions used at our clinic allow us to completely eliminate pain and significantly minimize the scope of procedure performed on a pediatric patient.
Minor cavities are treated with ozone therapy – a method that does not require tooth drilling. In the case of larger cavities and more complicated procedures, special drugs and computer-assisted anesthesia are used.
Fear of pain is the most common cause of stress in little patients. Because traditional methods of anesthesia are rather unfriendly to children, we use the high-efficiency WAND STA® computer-assisted anesthesia system. The tip of the device does not resemble a “menacing” syringe with a needle.
For the youngest patients who are very afraid of the dentist and reluctant to cooperate, there is a possibility of administering inhalation sedation, i.e. a sedation using a small dose of the so-called laughing gas.
Aesthetic aspects are also important in the treatment of children’s teeth. The ability to choose the colour of a filling is an additional attraction, as well as an effective way to distract the child from the procedure itself.
Dental X-ray for kids
The special design of the X-ray apparatus used at DENTestetica Kraków, which emits a significantly reduced dose of radiation, allows taking safe dental X-rays of children and adolescents. Moreover, in order to avoid exposing the youngest patients to radiation, instead of classic X-rays we also perform special diagnostic examinations using the DiagnoPen laser. It is fast, safe for the child and, of course, totally painless.
Treatment of milk teeth
Some people believe that milk teeth should not be treated because they eventually fall out anyway, but this belief is totally false and very harmful to the proper development of the child’s dentition. Good oral hygiene habits should be developed at the earliest possible age, because only proper oral care can protect from tooth decay and other oral diseases.
Untreated dental cavities cause premature tooth loss and may result in occlusion defects and the necessity for complicated orthodontic treatment at a later age. That is why it is so important to respond to the smallest signs of tooth or gum disease.
With the DiagnoPen laser, cavities can be identified and detected already at the early stage of their development, without having to take X-rays of the child’s teeth. Early diagnosed cavities can be treated with ozone and intensive remineralization instead of drilling. If the problem is more extensive and requires a classic approach, we use computer anesthesia and special fillings used in milk teeth only, which release large amounts of fluoride and are available in many attractive colours.
If a damaged milk tooth must be extracted, the gap left after the extraction is filled with the so-called space maintainer for permanent teeth that significantly reduces the risk of occlusal defects.
Treatment of incompletely developed permanent teeth
The first permanent molars usually erupt at around six years of age. They are teeth number six located behind the last milk teeth. The occlusal surface of the new teeth should be protected as soon as possible with special fluoride release preparations (so called sealing). It is possible to use additional protection by applying fluoride varnish.
If there is a need for endodontic treatment of an underdeveloped young tooth, the tooth is filled with a dedicated bioregenerative preparation, which actively boosts the development of the root.
Fluoride varnishing, sealing and silver nitrate treatment of milk and permanent teeth
Teeth varnishing is the application of a transparent fluorinated varnish on the surface of the teeth with a micro brush. Approximately 48 hours after the procedure, the varnish flakes and the fluoride contained in it is integrated into tooth tissues. It strengthens the enamel and reduces its proneness to tooth decay. It is recommended to use varnish on both milk and permanent teeth.
Sealing is a treatment performed on freshly erupted permanent lateral teeth with occlusal surfaces unaffected by tooth decay. It consists in sealing the grooves and fissures using light-cure resins or bioactive cements that release large amounts of fluoride. It is also possible to coat lateral surfaces of healthy teeth.
Cavity treatment with silver nitrate is a treatment intended for milk teeth severely damaged by tooth decay, where the degree of damage makes it impossible to use classical fillings. It consists in impregnating tooth pulp with a bactericidal substance that stops the process of caries development.