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Pediatric and preventive dentistry

Dentistry related to the youngest entails:

 

  • Teaching the youngest to maintain their oral hygiene correctly ever since they grow their first teeth
  • Fissure sealing
  • Treatment of both milk and permanent teeth

 

At our clinic, we cannot emphasise enough the importance of preventive care both in adults and our youngest patients. Children should at an early age accept the teeth brushing routine and at first acquire the habit of teeth brushing through play and entertainment. Correct oral hygiene is what you can teach your children with our help. Prevent lateral tooth decay by seeing us regularly. The simplest and the most efficient way to prevent tooth decay is fissure sealing immediately after permanent teeth have grown.  Namely, fissures and pits on lateral teeth are the most common place where plaque and food accumulate. Since children at their youngest age have not yet mastered the correct tooth brushing technique, food and plaque can be stored in pits and fissures on chewing surfaces. By way of fissure sealing we practically create a surface free of fissures and pits; or rather we fill them in with sealants and thus reduce the risk of tooth decay development.

 

The importance of preserving milk teeth is great, since they safeguard the space for permanent teeth. Prematurely extracted milk teeth disrupt normal function of chewing and hinder spatially the growth of permanent teeth.

 

Therefore we treat milk teeth the same way we do the permanent ones. This means removal of tooth decay and composite filling placement.

 

If the tooth decay has advanced, and children have an extremely voluminous pulp and nerves, it needs to be treated endodontically – with pulpotomy, which should not be denied to our youngest ones.

Pulpotomy entails the removal of the crown part of the pulp only, usually in only two visits to the dentist.  On the first visit to the dentist when all the decay is removed and we can see the chamber of the pulp becomes visible, we place a preparation that remains in the tooth for ten days. The most common one we use is toxavit. Afterwards, on the second visit, the crown part of the pulp or nerve is removed and we place a paste that mummifies the root part of the nerve. After we have protected the pulp in this manner, we place a definitive filling and our milk tooth after this treatment can safeguard the place for a permanent tooth until the time has come for them to be physiologically replaced.

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