Pediatric Dentistry Services
A healthy smile can create all the difference for a child’s future. Colorado Springs Pediatric Dentistry has created a family-friendly environment where children can develop strong oral hygiene habits and achieve their healthiest smile early in life.
With offices in Colorado Springs and Cañon City, CO, our practice has made a difference in the lives of pediatric patients throughout the region. From routine teeth cleanings to infant exams, sealants, and restorative dentistry services, our team is equipped and specialized to handle all of your child’s dental care needs.
We look forward to meeting you and developing a relationship with your family for years to come!
Preventative Pediatric Dentistry
Good oral health is the cornerstone to a healthy and happy future. Colorado Springs Pediatric Dentistry provides proactive and all-encompassing pediatric dental care for toddlers, children, and adolescents.
- Radiographs (X-rays)
- Second Opinions
Our board-certified pediatric dentists are specialized in administering sedation treatment. We’ll work closely with you and your child to make them as comfortable as possible during their next visit.
How can you prevent your child from getting cavities?
Use an appropriately sized toothbrush to brush plaque from teeth, especially at the gumline. Avoid putting your child to bed with a bottle filled with anything other than water.
Toddlers and older children should brush their teeth at least twice a day. Lead by example and show them how to properly brush their teeth using circular motions. Remind them and show them how to reach the far back molars and how to brush behind individual teeth. You can also demonstrate how to floss.
Talk to your child’s dentist about sealants. Sealants can provide better protection for the back four molars, which are more prone to decay.
Be sure to monitor your child’s intake of sugary snacks and provide them with healthy snacks, like vegetables, low-fat cheese, and low-fat yogurt, that are good for their teeth and bone health.
Does your child need dental X-rays? Are X-rays safe for children?
X-rays are a vital part of a child’s dental diagnostic process because they can help us diagnose certain conditions that we can’t otherwise detect from a cleaning and checkup alone. Pediatric dentists are particularly careful to minimize the exposure of their patients to radiation. With contemporary safeguards, the amount of radiation received in a dental X-ray examination is extremely small.
X-rays can help us detect or determine:
- Erupting teeth
- Bone diseases
- The effects of an injury
We can administer dental X-rays for diagnostic purposes and second opinions. Dental X-rays can also provide a clearer idea of when or if a child will require orthodontic treatment.
Infant & Toddler Exams
A lifetime of healthy, happy smiles begins long before a child learns to walk or talk. We provide early examinations and pediatric dental care for infants and toddlers.
When should your infant or toddler visit the dentist?
Dental problems can begin early in life. According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AADP), a child should visit the dentist by their first birthday or within six months of their first tooth erupting.
When will a baby’s teeth start to come in?
It’s not always easy to determine when a child needs emergency dental care. One of our doctors is on call 24 hours, 7 days per week to give advice over the phone or assist parents in the office as needed.
If your child has fractured their jaw or suffered a severe blow to the head, take them to the nearest hospital emergency room immediately.
What should you do if your child knocks out a tooth?
KNOCKED-OUT PERMANENT TOOTH
If your child has knocked out a permanent tooth, it is essential to call our office immediately. Here’s what you should do between the time of the accident and when your child can be seen by a dentist:
- Contact a dentist IMMEDIATELY!
- Handle the tooth by the crown, not by the root.
- Briefly rinse the tooth with water to remove dirt.
- DO NOT clean the tooth with soap or handle it unnecessarily.
- Inspect the tooth for fractures. If it appears whole, try to reinsert it into the socket.
- If excessive force is needed, do not continue to reinsert the tooth.
- If you cannot reinsert the tooth, transport the tooth in a cup of milk or your child’s saliva.
- Have your child bite on gauze to hold the tooth in place.
Do not hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns.
KNOCKED-OUT PRIMARY (BABY) TOOTH
Baby teeth are not reinserted because of the potential for damage to developing permanent tooth buds. Usually, this type of injury does not need immediate follow-up.
- DO NOT try to reinsert the tooth.
- Apply cold compresses to injured areas to control swelling & bleeding.
Please do not hesitate to contact our office if you have any questions or if your child sustained other injuries.
What should you do if your child chips or fractures a tooth?
CHIPPED/FRACTURED PERMANENT TOOTH
Not all fractured permanent teeth need immediate attention; however, the outcome for a tooth with a complicated fracture can significantly improve with prompt treatment.
- Rinse the mouth with water.
- Apply cold compresses to reduce swelling, if present.
- Locate any broken tooth fragments & place them in a ziploc bag with milk.
- Bring the cup of milk with tooth fragments to your dentist.
- Contact our office as soon as possible.
CHIPPED/FRACTURED PRIMARY (BABY) TOOTH
Small fractures of primary teeth are common, and this is particularly true when children are learning to walk. A chipped or fractured baby tooth typically does not require immediate attention if the fracture only involves the outer shell of the tooth.
If a larger part of the tooth is fractured, you should call our office to make an appointment.
When we work to restore the health and function of your child’s teeth, their comfort is of the utmost importance to us. We offer different sedation options for children undergoing restorative dentistry procedures:
● White Fillings
● Dental Crowns
What is a pulpotomy & does your child need it?
A pulpotomy removes the diseased pulp tissue within the tooth. A dentist then cleans the area, calms the remaining nerve tissue, and places a dental crown to protect the tooth and restore its function and appearance.
How should you take care of your child after tooth extraction?
Healing from a tooth extraction can take children anywhere from a few days or longer, depending on whether they had a baby tooth or permanent tooth removed, or if they have other health conditions.
It is essential to follow the post-op instructions given by your child’s dentist. Here are ways parents can help their child heal and recover faster immediately after tooth extraction:
- Avoid physical activity/exercise for at least 24 hours after the extraction.
- Monitor your child before the anesthesia wears off.
- Make sure your child keeps their fingers & tongue away from the area.
- Do not allow your child to rinse their mouth for several hours.
- Do not allow your child to spit excessively or drink through a straw.
- Do not allow your child to drink carbonated beverages.
- Maintain a soft diet for a couple of days.
Some bleeding can occur. If unusual or sustained bleeding occurs, place cotton gauze or a tea bag firmly over the extraction area and bite down or hold in place for fifteen minutes. Repeat if necessary. Please do not hesitate to call the office if there are any questions.
9480 Briar Village Point #301
Colorado Springs, CO 80920
660 Southpointe Ct #100
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
1335 Phay Avenue Suite #C
Cañon City, CO 81212
Monday - Friday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday & Sunday: Closed