At Blossom Pediatric Dentistry, we emphasize the importance of being
consistent with your child’s dental checkups. Regular dental exams play a
crucial role in early detection and prevention of dental issues. During these appointments, our experienced pediatric dentist will carefully examine your child’s teeth, gums, and supporting structures looking for any signs of decay, malalignment, or other oral health concerns. Early detection allows us to address potential problems promptly, preventing them from developing into more significant issues in the future.
At Blossom Pediatric Dentistry, we use top of the line low dose radiographic technology to ensure your oral health stays top notch. Radiographs, also known as x-rays, offer us an invaluable glimpse beneath the surface allowing us to detect issues invisible to the naked eye. While they are generally known to help with detection of cavities, they also help us to determine the location of teeth, extra or missing teeth, cysts, cancerous lesions, and more. With precision and safety at the forefront, our radiographs guide personalized treatment plans making your dental experience more thorough.
Fluoride varnish is one of our key preventive tools in dentistry due to its ability to promote the remineralization of enamel. The treatment is quick, painless, and well tolerated by most patients. Fluoride can also be helpful for patients with sensitivity.
A dental sealant is a thin, protective coating expertly applied to the surfaces of the permanent molar teeth in order to seal out harmful bacteria in an attempt to prevent cavities from developing. Sealants are minimally invasive and with proper care they can last for many years. If you believe your child is a candidate for sealants, call us today to set up a consultation.
Silver Diamine Fluoride, also known as SDF, is a revolutionary treatment which combines the antibacterial properties of silver and the tooth strengthening effects of fluoride in order to prevent the progression of cavities. SDF is considered a minimally invasive procedure since the treatment only requires brushing the liquid onto the area of concern. As the SDF interacts with the cavity, the cavity will turn black. This can be a great treatment option for children that are too young or apprehensive for extensive dental treatment in the clinic and are awaiting a sedation appointment. SDF can also be used to help decrease sensitivity in patients. If you believe your child is a candidate for SDF, call us today to set up a consultation.
A dental filling is a procedure primarily performed to restore the form and function of a tooth that has a cavity, defect, or small chip from trauma. Here at Blossom, we offer white (tooth colored) fillings in order to blend the material with the natural color of teeth. Typically this treatment requires numbing (“sleepy juice”), cleaning out the decay from the tooth, and then replacing the decayed portion of the tooth with the filling material. The filling is then smoothed to ensure that patient is able to bite normally. Dental fillings are important because cavities left unchecked or untreated usually continue to spread and cause more damage to the tooth and surrounding teeth. If you believe your child is in need of dental fillings, give our office a call today to set up a consultation.
At Blossom Pediatric Dentistry, we offer dental crowns, also known as “caps” for children. Unlike dental fillings, dental crowns are restorations that completely cover the tooth in order to provide strength, shape, and function to the tooth. Crowns are typically recommended when a child has severe decay that cannot be treated with fillings, a tooth fracture from trauma or grinding, cavities on multiple sides of the tooth and/or near the gumline, and cavities that require nerve therapy. Typically this treatment requires numbing (“sleepy juice”), cleaning out the decay from the tooth, shaping of the tooth, sizing of the crown, and then cementation of the crown. Crowns for front teeth are always white while crowns for back teeth may be white or silver (stainless steel crowns). If you believe your child is in need of dental crowns, give our office a call today to set up a consultation.
A dental pulpotomy is a procedure designed to preserve the vitality of a primary tooth affected by deep cavities or trauma. This procedure is typically recommended when cavities are approaching the nerve or are already into the nerve of the tooth. Symptoms of a tooth requiring a pulpotomy can range from no pain to pain with cold, sweets, and biting. Typically this treatment requires numbing (“sleepy juice”), cleaning out the decay from the tooth, cleaning out the affected portion of the nerve, and then placing medicine inside the tooth. The majority of teeth that are treated with pulpotomies require crowns to help restore the form, function, and strength of the tooth. If you believe your child is in need of nerve therapy, give our office a call today to set up a consultation.
While our main goal as pediatric dentists is to preserve primary teeth, there are some moments when a tooth needs to be removed. Extractions can be indicated if a baby tooth has become infected, a cavity is too large for a crown, a baby tooth is preventing a permanent tooth from erupting, or if a child experiences severe dental trauma. If you believe your child is in need of extractions, give our office a call today to set up a consultation.
In the event that a baby molar is removed prematurely due to trauma or infection, space maintainers play a vital role in preserving space for the incoming permanent teeth. While these appliances are not used to gain space, they do a great job of preventing additional space loss. Most of these appliances can be created at the same time of the extraction while some will require a second appointment for cementation. These appliances can remain for several years while awaiting the eruption of the permanent tooth. If you believe your child is in need of space maintainers, give our office a call today to set up a consultation.
At Blossom Pediatric Dentistry, we will discuss the most conservative treatment options available to you and your child, and we will seek to use non-invasive procedures whenever possible; however, there are times when your child may need to be sedated to care for them safely. Ultimately, their safety and comfort are our utmost concern.
Nitrous oxide, commonly known as “laughing gas” is an odorless gas which induces feelings of relaxation when inhaled. Nitrous is typically indicated in children that are anxious but still somewhat cooperative and/or children with strong gag reflex. During the use of nitrous, your child will remain awake and responsive throughout the procedure. The administration of nitrous involves placing a small mask over the child’s nose. Once the procedure is complete, the nitrous will be turned off and your child will breathe pure oxygen to help remove the nitrous from their system. Because this form of sedation is gentle and mild, nitrous has a quick onset and quick recovery period. When determining who is a candidate for nitrous, Dr. Elle will evaluate the treatment proposed as well as the patient’s medical history, age, and temperament. If nitrous is not an option for your child, Dr. Elle will go over other potential options for treatment.
At Blossom Pediatric Dentistry, we understand that dental emergencies can happen when least expected; therefore, our emergency services are designed to provide swift and effective care for your child’s urgent dental needs. From sudden toothaches to dental trauma, our compassionate team is here to alleviate pain, address concerns, and restore smiles with prompt and expert attention.
If your child is experiencing a dental emergency, don’t hesitate to reach out to our office. Remember your child’s well-being is at the heart of our practice and our emergency dentistry services are here to ensure their health, comfort, and confidence.
At Blossom Pediatric Dentistry, we believe that every child deserves exceptional dental care tailored to their unique needs and we pride ourselves on being an inclusive practice for those with diverse abilities. With a compassionate approach and advanced pediatric dental training, we are committed to understanding each child’s individual requirements and we are dedicated to making dental visits positive and comfortable experiences for all.
We understand that navigating dental care for children with special healthcare needs requires a collaborative effort; thus, our team works closely with parents, caregivers, and any relevant specialists to ensure a comprehensive and coordinated care plan. We also provide education and guidance in order to provide parents with the tools to maintain optimal oral health at home.