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Toothbuddies

Dentistry for the child and Adolescent 

Advanced Care for Cleft Lip Palate and Craniofacial Anomalies

Dental Health is a right of each and every child!


The parents and the dentist/pediatric dentist have to share the responsibility of delivering good preventive and therapeutic care to children. The dental care is continuous process,which starts in womb (in expectant mothers) and continues lifelong! The entail manage of children starts with the education, counseling and preparation of parents prir to the actual dental treatment. Good communication is a key to successful management of children.

As pediatric dentists  we specialize in treating:
 
Dental Care for Children, Teenagers, and Special Needs Patients
Emergency Services for dental  and facial injuries
Nitrous Oxide and Sedation
In-Office Anesthesia 
Dental  care for birth defects related to head and neck region

    

We specialize in children’s dentistry by creating a relaxed and child-friendly experience. Many children are intimidated by the dentist’s office, but our dentists and dental assistants are suited to handle anxious children. We at TOOTHBUDDIES have the knowledge and the fine touch to keep children comfortable as we help them take care of their teeth.

The emphasis in pediatric practice is laid on early detection and treatment of problems affecting children, interception for irregularities observed during the growth and alignment of teeth and also prevention of dental decay.
    
Preventive Dentistry 


Sealants 

are resins or plastic materials which are usually applied on to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth i.e. molars and premolars. These materials flow into the natural grooves and pits, and seal them, thus protecting these susceptible areas from decay. Professional fluoride applications at regular intervals helps strengthen tooth enamel against cavities.


Treatment of dental decay 

Decay can be caused due to a multitude of reasons such as improper maintenance, tooth position, diet habits etc. Once decayed the tooth can be treated using a suitable filling material to replace the lost portion of the tooth. If the tooth has extensive damage, a root canal treatment and/or a crown may be advised. Sometimes if the tooth is not salvageable an extraction may be advised.

Space Maintenance
These are devices used to maintain the space of a prematurely lost or extracted primary tooth until its permanent tooth is ready for eruption in its place. 


Injuries to teeth​

Injuries or trauma to teeth, mouth and face of infants and children occur frequently and should not be ignored even in the absence of pain or bleeding. Early observation and treatment of such injuries determines the success of treatment rendered to a great extent. 


Special Needs of Special Children 

Special children are very susceptible to dental decay, trauma and gum disease. Prevention of these problems is possible, if the parents and the dentist can work as a team.

Eruption and Shedding Schedule of Baby teeth

Interceptive Orthodontics



Most people are familiar with traditional orthodontic care that straightens teeth using braces or other corrective devices. However, this kind of Orthodontia only addresses the symptoms of improper bite alignment but not the underlying problem. Children, in particular, need to be evaluated early for potential orthodontic issues in order to minimize the need for more extensive correction later. Interceptive orthodontic care can address potential problems in childhood to prevent them from becoming dire problems in adulthood.


What is Interceptive Orthodontics? 


Interceptive orthodontics is meant to prevent the progression of malocclusion, poor facial and jaw development and constricted airways. In the most extreme cases, interceptive measures could include extraction. However, ideally, interceptive orthodontics should help to avoid extraction by utilizing less invasive means, such as guidance of facial growth, eliminating poor oral habits which can affect growth of teeth and jaws, and developing the arches to accomodate a full set of permanent teeth.  In fact, intercepting malocclusion before it gets worse will save the patient money in the long run, as well as improve the aesthetics of the face by fixing a recessed jaw. Interceptive orthodontics can be performed on either baby teeth or adult teeth in children.


Benefits Beyond Aesthetics


As mentioned above, interception of malocclusion can have the added benefit of making a patient  look better by aligning the jaw, fixing a recessed chin, or making room in the mouth. Looks, however, aren't everything, and there are real physical benefits to interceptive orthodontics that reach beyond aesthetics. A recessed jaw, for example, can press into the throat, causing the airway passage to be blocked. This, in turn, can lead to other afflictions such as sleep apnea (the periodic inability  to breathe while asleep). Mouth breathing can also create sleeping disorders, as well as inflammation and nasal polyps.


Creating room in the mouth for teeth to grow in correctly is the ultimate goal of interceptive  orthodontics, which could also improve the shape of the face for someone with a small mouth.
Furthermore, interception may help a child avoid braces later in adolescence, which will both save the parent money and the child the stress of an extensive daily dental regime.


Ending Bad Habits


Habits that affect the growth of teeth and the alignment of the jaw are developed early in life. Thumb sucking, the use of pacifiers and manufactured nipples, thrusting the tongue into the front teeth while swallowing, and breathing out of the mouth can have serious future consequences, dentally-speaking. Part of interceptive orthodontics includes teaching children to end these mouth-altering habits with habit-breaking devices.  While it's not always possible to stop a problem from occurring, taking your child in for an early evaluation and interceptive orthodontic treatment can stop malocclusion dead in its tracks, avoiding invasive, expensive curative treatments in the future.