Pediatric Dentistry Specialist

Children have special oral health needs as they grow, and seeing a pediatric dentist is the best way to make sure those needs are met. Dr. Chris Robertson is skilled in pediatric dentistry for kids from toddlers to teens, offering advanced, customized solutions at Chattanooga Dental Studio in Chattanooga, TN.


Pediatric Dentistry Q & A

by Chris Robertson, DDS

What is pediatric dentistry?

Pediatric dentistry is focused on the needs of children and teens whose teeth and jaws are still growing. Children and teens have special oral health needs that need to be adequately addressed to ensure they enjoy the best oral health now and as they get older. A dentist skilled in pediatric dentistry understands the unique needs of younger patients and has the experience and expertise to ensure those needs are met. Plus, pediatric dentists are adept at helping children relax so they don’t develop dental fear or anxiety. Our practice offers an array of services specifically for children, including retainers, space maintainers, dental sealants, sports guards, chrome crowns, fillings and bonding restorations for teeth that are cracked, chipped or broken.

Does my child need to see the dentist even if he or she only has baby teeth?

Absolutely! Although baby teeth eventually fall out, a cavity in a baby tooth can cause considerable pain, affecting the child’s quality of life as well as their school performance and social interactions. Children can also develop gum disease that can take a toll on the adult teeth that are forming under the gums. Plus, baby teeth serve an important role as placeholders, making sure the adult teeth are more likely to be properly positioned when they emerge from the gums, and they support good nutrition, which is especially important during the growth and development years of childhood. Plus, beginning routine dental care and regular office visits at a young age establishes important habits that can help your child enjoy a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.

What are space maintainers?

Space maintainers are custom-made appliances that fit in a child’s mouth and help “hold open” or maintain the space needed for an adult tooth that has not yet emerged. Usually, a baby tooth is lost just as the adult teeth below it moves in to take its place. But sometimes, a baby tooth falls out before the adult tooth is ready to emerge, and other teeth may crowd into the space, increasing the likelihood of crowding and impaction. Space maintainers help avoid these problems.

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