Children's Dentistry » Paediatric Dentistry
Paediatric dentistry is a well-defined specialist field of dentistry that focuses on the dental care of children from birth until 16 years of age. A Specialist Paediatric dentist is a fully authorised dentist that undertakes extensive additional training and qualifications, especially to deal with children. Ensuring that children have a positive dental experience is very important. Paediatric dentists do this by explaining the procedures and equipment in a child friendly manner. They are particularly skilled in treating nervous or anxious children. For some children happy gas inhalation sedation can be used to help relieve their anxiety.
What is a Specialist in Paediatric dentistry?
Specialist Paediatric dentists exclusively treat children and young people. They have extensive additional training and qualifications in providing dental care for children. Paediatric dentists have additional expertise in treating children who have experienced dental trauma, dental decay, dental anxiety and dental defects e.g. Molar Incisor Hypomineralisation (MIH). They also have additional skills and training in treating children with more complex medical or behavioural conditions.
Specialist Paediatric dentists need to be on the General Dental Council (GDC) specialist list in order to use that title. Specialists have undertaken additional training, qualifications and met regulatory requirements prior to being given the right by the GDC to use the “specialist” title.
At Conway House Dental Practice we are lucky to have Emma Ray-Chaudhuri as our in house Specialist Paediatric dentist. Emma aims to ensure that your child has a positive experience of attending the dentist and develops lifelong positive dental habits enabling them to maintain healthy teeth for life.
When should I bring my child to a dentist?
The British Society of Paediatric Dentistry recommends that children attend a dentist as soon as the first tooth appears and no later than the age of one.
Visiting Conway House Dental Practice from an early age gives your child the opportunity to become accustomed to attending the dentist. It also allows a parent the chance to discuss how to look after your child’s teeth and put in place good habits for life that will prevent future tooth decay.
Why are baby teeth important?
Primary (baby) teeth are really important for many reasons. Healthy primary teeth allow your child to eat well to maintain their health. Primary teeth also guide the eruption and maintain space for the underlying adult teeth. Having healthy teeth also encourages your child to have a positive self-image. Unfortunately having painful teeth can affect eating, sleeping and has been shown to negatively affect school performance.
Here at Conway House Dental Practice we will work with you to help maintain your child’s healthy teeth for life.
Nitrous Oxide Inhalation Sedation (Happy Gas)
Children can often feel nervous at the thought of having dental treatment. Nitrous oxide inhalation sedation is an effective and safe method to help reduce their anxiety to allow dental treatment to be performed in a child friendly manner.
It is often referred to as “Happy Gas” , “Happy Air” or “Laughing Gas”. It is a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen breathed in through a small nosepiece that allows your child to feel relaxed, happy and often giggly. Your child recovers very quickly from the effects of sedation following a short period of breathing in pure oxygen.
At Conway House Dental Practice we are fortunate to be one of the few dental practices in the area able to offer inhalation sedation for children. We have a highly skilled team of a Specialist in Paediatric dentistry and sedation trained dental nurses.
Dental trauma is common in children in both their primary (baby) teeth and adult teeth and often involves the upper front teeth.
Dental trauma can have long term effects such as pain, infection and damage to the underlying adult tooth. It is therefore important that you contact us at Conway House Dental Practice and bring your child for an assessment as soon as possible. If immediate management is not provided loss of teeth can occur and this can be very difficult to replace in children.
At Conway House Dental Practice we have the expertise of Emma Ray-Chaudhuri, our in house Specialist in Paediatric dentistry who is highly experienced in the management of dental trauma. All dental trauma in accordance with the International Association of Dental Traumatology guidelines.
Primary molar crowns
Primary molar crowns are recommended for use on children’s primary (baby) molars if they have large cavities or enamel defects and fillings would not be sufficient. They are silver coloured and pre-manufactured in a variety of sizes to perfectly fit your child’s tooth.
They are very simple and child friendly to place. They can even be placed using a technique known as the “Hall Technique” which does not require drilling or injections.
They have been repeatedly shown in research to have very high success rates and typically last for the life of the primary tooth. The crown will protect the primary tooth underneath until it naturally falls out.
Fissure sealants have been shown to reduce the risk of dental decay by 50% compared to unsealed teeth. Best of all, they are quick, simple and painless to apply!
Fissure sealants are a protective white resin layer that is applied into the grooves and crevices of the chewing surfaces of the premolars and molars (back teeth). These are often difficult sites to clean and common areas for decay to occur in children. Fissure sealants work by sealing these areas from plaque, bacteria and food particles.
Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF)
Silver Diamine Fluoride is used to help prevent the progression of decay and avoid drilling and placement of fillings in children’s teeth.
Silver Diamine Fluoride is an antibacterial liquid that can be used to treat dental decay and reduce sensitivity in a quick, child friendly and painless manner.
The main components in Silver Diamine Fluoride liquid are Silver and Fluoride which work together to stop the progression of tooth decay. This helps to harden the tooth structure helping to reduce the risk of toothache and infection.
SDF application is a very simple procedure and the liquid is simply brushed onto the decayed area of your child’s tooth in twice yearly applications. This treatment can be very useful for children who are not yet able to tolerate other dental treatment such as fillings or crowns. It can also be useful for children who find it more challenging to undergo dental treatment due to medical conditions.