Pediatric Dentists in East Tennessee
Simple & Advanced Dental Services
Pediatric dentists help children of all ages keep their teeth healthy and
clean. They aim to teach patients that brushing teeth and going in for
regular check-ups can make big differences later in life. Children should
have a "dental home" by age 1. A dental home is a place for
your child to get routine preventative care through teeth cleanings.
Dental Exams & What to Expect
Pedodontics deals with the treatment of Children's teeth, and starting
dental care early for your child means that their primary teeth will be
protected. These primary teeth are also called baby teeth and are used
for chewing and eating, guiding permanent teeth into the right position,
and allowing jaw bones and muscles to grow normally. Your child's
teeth may begin to erupt from the gums as early as 4 months. All 20 primary
teeth usually appear by age 3. Permanent teeth begin appearing around age 6.
The dentist does not have to be a scary place for your child. The pediatric
dental specialists at East Tennessee Children's Hospital are trained
to work with children, so they know how to talk to your child about their
teeth and the procedures to be done. Avoid using words like needle or
shot when taking your child to the dentist—a child’s imagination
can run wild when they don’t know what to expect.
Parents can go with their child during the first dental exam. If your child
is old enough, they can choose to go by themselves during later visits.
The staff hopes to build positive, lasting relationships with the patients.
Beyond regular check-ups, pediatric dentists and their staff take radiographs,
or X-rays, or your child's mouth at least once a year. On the X-ray,
they can see cavities, bone diseases, or plan for braces or retainers.
These X-rays take place in the office and are not dangerous to your child.
The dentist can also help if your child is grinding their teeth at night,
sucking their thumb, or has cavities. These problems often have simple
solutions that do not require much intervention from the dentist. The
staff will teach children and parents how to decrease cavities and damage
to teeth. This advice includes simple tips like drinking water instead
of juice and decreasing candy intake.
Early Treatment: Orthodontia
Your dentist may begin talking to you about orthodontia when your child
is as young as 2 years old. Early treatment can be done to strengthen
dental arches and combat damaging habits like thumb sucking. These treatments
can eliminate the need for future orthodontic treatment for your child.
If your child is having issues later in their life, the dentist can guide
you through orthodontia in the teenage years. This process will be done
when all of the permanent teeth are in and the molars are established.
Sometimes, you'll need more urgent care for your child's teeth.
These situations include:
- Severe toothaches
- Knocked-out permanent tooth
- Chipped or fractured permanent tooth
- Severe blow to the head
- Possible broken or fractured jaw
These issues need immediate attention in the emergency room. Pediatric
dentists can help you to save knocked-out or chipped teeth, but you must
get to the emergency room quickly.
Finding a Dentist Near You
If your child needs a pediatric dentist,
find a specialist on the Children's Hospital dental staff and schedule an appointment
today. In addition to routine visits, your child's dentist will perform
any dental surgeries your child may need at East Tennessee Children's Hospital.