Kids Dentistry In Portland, TX
As a parent himself, Dr. Ricardo C. Guillen understands that you want the best for your child. At our Portland dental office, we focus on providing the highest quality pediatric dental care possible to children age 10 and above.
It’s completely normal for a child to be unsure or nervous about going to the dentist, but at Ricardo C. Guillen, DDS, they don’t have to be! Our practice is designed to make your child comfortable and excited to visit.
Kids Dental Checkups
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentists (AAPD) advises that children be seen for a checkup every 6 months. These visits allow Dr. Guillen to closely monitor new changes in your child’s mouth and ensure that you, as a parent, have the information you need to promote continued oral health in your child. Dr. Guillen may suggest additional checkups if your child is more susceptible to cavities, or if your child is showing signs of orthodontic problems.
Dental fluoride treatments are safe and effective in decreasing the amount of cavities in children. Dr. Guillen often recommends fluoride treatments along with dental sealants to protect your child’s teeth. Fluoride acts as a shield for the tooth’s outer enamel and can actually reverse early dental decay in some children.
Protective Dental Sealants
Protective dental sealants are thin coats of plastic painted onto your child’s back teeth to protect their deep grooves and depressions from accumulating bacteria and food particles. Studies show that 88% of cavities in American school-aged children are caused by food and bacteria being caught in rear molars.
At Ricardo C. Guillen, DDS, we typically apply a protective sealant to your child’s back teeth, premolars and molars. The sealant will last for several years, but we will continue to check it during your child’s regular dental appointments.
Tooth Colored Dental Fillings
Treatment for cavities in children depends on how severe the decay is as well as each child’s age and risk of future cavities. At Ricardo C. Guillen, DDS, we typically treat cavities with discreet, effective and safe mercury-free, tooth-colored dental fillings.
Baby teeth are not as strong as adult teeth. If your child’s tooth suffers a large cavity, the bacteria can damage the pulp inside the tooth, causing pain and inflammation. When the soft tissue inside the pulp chamber becomes infected or inflamed, Dr. Guillen might recommend a pulpotomy. Instead of removing the entire tooth, Dr. Guillen will put a medicated filling into the pulp chamber to try to keep the remaining pulp inside the tooth alive and healthy.
Dental crowns are tooth-shaped coverings cemented to a badly damaged tooth to restore the shape and functionality of the tooth. Dr. Guillen may recommend a crown for your child’s tooth if it has a large cavity, was broken or chipped due to trauma, or if the tooth hasn’t developed correctly.
Gentle Tooth Extractions
Unfortunately, sometimes a child’s tooth may be too badly decayed to save. In this case, Dr. Guillen will perform an extraction. An extraction may also be recommended if the tooth is severely fractured or is crowding other healthy teeth.
Not all wisdom teeth need to be extracted – but some do. In many situations, it’s best to pull the wisdom teeth before they jeopardize your smile as a whole. If your wisdom tooth’s growth can cause damage to neighboring teeth, or cannot fully erupt, we may consider extraction. At the earliest, wisdom teeth are removed in the mid-teen years, but 3rd molars do not finish developing until closer to about 30 years of age.
Is your child due for a preventive checkup? Give our Portland dental office a call to schedule their appointment with Dr. Guillen today! Se habla Español.
We also offer Six Month Smiles clear braces to help correct teeth alignment and bite issues in teens and adults.