Kids Dentistry in Bremerton and Bainbridge Island, WA
At Current Dental, kids dentistry is about more than bright, healthy smiles. Dr. Verharen and Dr. Waldo want to make sure each visit your child makes to our dental office is a calm, rewarding and fun experience.
We encourage you and your child to ask questions and are always happy to address any concerns you have as a parent. If your child is anxious, ask us about our sedation dentistry options that could make their appointment more relaxing.
Children’s Dental Rewards Plan
Regular checkups can help keep your child’s teeth clean and cavity free. At Current Dental we offer a rewards plan for only $25 per month! This plan covers:
- 100% of preventive dental care (including checkups, x-rays & cleanings)
- A 20% discount on all dental treatments, whether medically necessary or elective
Your Child’s First Visit
Dr. Waldo and Dr. Verharen understand that you want the best for your child. At Current Dental, we focus on providing the highest quality kids dentistry services possible. It’s completely normal for a child to be unsure or nervous about their first dental visit, but at Current Dental they don’t have to be! Our practice is designed to make your child comfortable and excited to visit the dentist.
Kids Dental Checkups
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentists (AAPD) advises that children be seen for a checkup every 6 months. These visits allow our dental team 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. We may suggest additional checkups if your child is more susceptible to cavities, or if your child is showing signs of orthodontic problems.
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, our Bremerton dental team might recommend a pulpotomy. Instead of removing the entire tooth, our doctors will put a medicated filling into the pulp chamber to try to keep the remaining pulp inside the tooth alive and healthy.
Tooth Colored 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 Current Dental, we typically treat cavities with discreet, effective tooth-colored fillings.
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 Current Dental, 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.
Kids Dental Crowns
Dental crowns are tooth-shaped coverings cemented to a badly damaged tooth to restore the shape and functionality of the tooth. Our Bainbridge Island dental team 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, our Current Dental team will perform an extraction. An extraction may also be recommended if the tooth is severely fractured or is crowding other healthy teeth.
Your child might need a space maintainer if they lose a tooth early or have a baby tooth extracted. If your child needs a space maintainer, Dr. Verharen and Dr. Keegan will custom make it to fit your child’s mouth. It will keep the space where the baby tooth was lost open in order to allow the permanent tooth to come into place.
Baby teeth are vital to the healthy development of adult teeth and facial structure. If a space maintainer is not used, your child’s other teeth can shift into the open space and more invasive orthodontic treatment might be needed.
Dental Fluoride Treatment
Dental fluoride treatments are safe and effective in decreasing the amount of cavities in children. Our Current Dental team 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.
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 child’s wisdom tooth growth can cause damage to neighboring teeth, or cannot fully erupt, we may consider extraction.
We will take a panoramic radiograph of your child’s entire jaw, so we can see the size, location, and developmental stage of the wisdom teeth in consideration. 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? Contact Current Dental today to schedule his or her appointment with Dr. Verharen or Dr. Waldo today!
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