Children's Dentistry

Lakes Region

Common Procedures

Topics on this page

Regular Exams and Cleanings | Bonding | Crowns | Extractions | Space Maintenance | Fillings | Fluoride | Mouthguards & Nightguards | Root Canals | Sealants | Invisalign 

Regular Exams and Cleanings

Regular exams are an important part of maintaining your child’s oral health. During your child’s regular exam, we will:
Check for any problems that may not be seen or felt
Look for cavities or any other signs of tooth decay
Inspect the teeth and gums for gingivitis and signs of periodontal disease
Perform a thorough teeth cleaning

Your child’s exam will take about 45 minutes. Each regular exam includes a detailed teeth cleaning, in which we will clean, polish, and rinse the teeth to remove any tartar and plaque that have built up on the tooth’s surface.

Visiting our office every six months gives you the chance to talk to the doctor about any questions you may have about your child’s oral health. Regular exams are offered by appointment only, so please contact our practice today to schedule your child’s next dental exam and teeth cleaning.

Bonding

Tooth bonding is a cosmetic dental procedure that involves applying a custom-tinted composite resin to your teeth. It can repair a range of common complaints, such as gaps between teeth, cracked teeth, discolored teeth, or irregularly shaped teeth. Dental bonding is fast, painless, and provides natural results. Cosmetic dental bonding can be done entirely in the office and often completed on the same day. 

Crowns

If your child’s cavity is too large to restore with a tooth-colored filling, a crown may be recommended. Crowns help protect the baby teeth, providing structure for the tooth. Crowning a tooth also maintains the space, allowing the eventual permanent tooth to erupt properly. If you are concerned about a silver crown, talk to Dr. Kennell about the possibility of a tooth-colored crown! 

Extractions

Your child may need to have a tooth extracted. Most often, extractions are indicated due to infection or for orthodontic purposes. We will review your child’s needs and discuss treatment options with you.  

Space Maintenance

The baby teeth serve as space holders for the permanent teeth. With the loss of a baby tooth, neighboring teeth start migrating into that vacant space, potentially causing problems as your child grows. This loss may lead to the need for extensive orthodontic treatment at a later age. A space maintainer is placed in that area to hold the space open so that the adult tooth can erupt in a more appropriate position.

Tooth Colored Fillings

Should your child have a cavity, we use a resin tooth-colored filling to restore function and comfort to your child’s tooth. These fillings restore teeth to an attractive, healthy state!

Fluoride

Teeth are composed of many tiny pieces called molecules that attach to each other. These tiny pieces are constantly breaking apart throughout the day and reforming depending on our diet. Fluoride can be thought of as a “glue” for these pieces by keeping the molecules more tightly bound together and less prone to breaking apart. Topical fluoride treatment is effective in protecting children’s teeth and reducing cavities.

Pediatric Mouth Guards

Protect your child’s smile with pediatric mouth guards. These essential pieces of equipment provide crucial protection for children participating in high-contact sports like football, hockey, or boxing. Not only do they defend against dental injuries, but they also help reduce the risk of concussions and head injuries. Wearing a mouth guard gives kids the confidence and security to perform their best and achieve their athletic goals. Invest in your child’s safety and future with a pediatric mouth guard.

Baby Root Canals

Baby root canals are often needed when the cavity approaches the tooth’s nerve. This procedure stops the progress of the cavity and minimizes the chances of an infection or abscess. The procedure is completed by cleaning out the center of the tooth where the nerve lives and placing soothing medicine. The tooth is then protected by placing a crown.

Dental Sealants

Think of a tooth’s top (chewing) surface as mountains with many grooves. When your child eats, food gets caught in those grooves.  Although daily brushing is essential, applying a dental sealant will enhance the ability to keep those hard-to-reach areas clean. A dental sealant flows into the grooves, “sealing” the tooth and reducing the probability of cavities. 

Invisalign

The Invisalign system combines advanced 3-D computer graphics technology with the 100-year-old science of orthodontics. Invisalign aligners are designed to move your teeth in small steps to the desired final position prescribed by our orthodontist. Each aligner is precisely calibrated and manufactured to fit your mouth at each stage of the treatment plan.

Your first step is to visit our office to determine if Invisalign aligners are right for you. After our team send precise treatment instructions, the Invisalign system uses advanced computer technology to translate these instructions into a sequence of finely calibrated aligners — as few as 12 or as many as 48. Each aligner is worn for about two weeks and only taken out to eat, brush and floss. As you replace each aligner with the next, your teeth will begin to move gradually until the final alignment prescribed is attained. You will be smiling like you never have before!