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 the concentration of dental work and oral health in children ages 2-18.  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.

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. Additionally, 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 Dental Services Do You Offer For Children?

Later in life, some adults have had to go back to the dentist to fix issues that could have easily been avoided earlier on in life. Creating intervention plans for your child’s smile is an expertise of ours that will guarantee to save you pain, money, and time in the future—your child will appreciate your efforts forever! Our practice offers an array of services made especially for children. These include:

  • Retainers

  • Dental Sealants

  • Sports Guards

  • Chrome Crowns

  • Fillings and Bonding Restorations (for teeth that are cracked, chipped or broken)

  • Space Maintainers

What Are Space Maintainers?

One of the best preventative services we offer are space maintainers. Space maintainers are custom-made appliances that will hold a space in between your teeth, left by a lost baby tooth, open. This ensures that the space is reserved only for the adult tooth that is about to come in and replace the baby tooth. Why is this important? Sometimes, in the time that it takes for the adult tooth to come in, the other teeth in your child’s smile will shift and push their way into the open space. This will lead to crowding or crooked teeth. Instead of correcting this issue with orthodontics or Invisalign in the future, use space maintainers today!

Contact Your Chattanooga and Ooltewah Cosmetic Dentist!

Your child’s oral health is very important to us. Whether they need space maintainers at a young age, need to come in for an orthodontic consultation to talk about Invisalign, or require dental implants due to an accident -- our team of doctors is here to assist you. Call us today at 423.763.1834!

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