Pediatric Dentistry

Ensuring that children receive top-notch dental care is crucial, just like it is for adults. Our primary focus is on supporting our young patients in attaining optimal oral health and providing pediatric dental services to the community.

Pediatric Dentistry

Welcome to Amazing Smiles, where we prioritize the dental health of your little ones through our specialized pediatric dentistry services. Pediatric dentistry focuses on providing comprehensive oral care to children, starting from infancy through adolescence. It’s essential to instill good oral hygiene habits in children early on to prevent dental issues later in life. Our dedicated team not only offers routine check-ups and cleanings but also educates children and parents on proper brushing, flossing, and nutrition. Additionally, we provide services such as fluoride treatments, dental sealants, and early orthodontic evaluations to ensure your child’s smile stays healthy and beautiful for years to come. Trust Amazing Smiles to make your child’s dental experience comfortable, enjoyable, and educational.

smiling baby with a toothbrush
  • What does pediatric dentistry include?

    Pediatric dentistry encompasses a wide range of services tailored specifically to meet the dental needs of infants, children, and adolescents. These services typically include:

    1. Preventive Care: Regular dental check-ups and cleanings to monitor dental development, identify any issues early, and provide fluoride treatments and dental sealants for cavity prevention.
    2. Education: Educating children and parents about proper oral hygiene practices, including brushing, flossing, and nutrition, to establish lifelong habits that promote dental health.
    3. Early Intervention: Early identification and management of dental issues such as tooth decay, gum disease, and malocclusions (misaligned teeth or jaws) to prevent complications and promote proper oral development.
    4. Restorative Treatments: Providing treatments such as fillings, crowns, and root canals to repair damaged or decayed teeth and restore oral health and function.
    5. Orthodontic Evaluations: Assessing the need for orthodontic treatment and providing early interventions or referrals to orthodontists for comprehensive orthodontic care if necessary.
    6. Emergency Care: Offering prompt and compassionate care for dental emergencies such as toothaches, broken teeth, and injuries to the mouth or jaw.

    Overall, pediatric dentistry focuses on creating a positive and comfortable dental experience for children while addressing their unique dental needs and promoting optimal oral health from a young age.

  • What are the common issues of dental health in children?

    Many of a kid’s dental problems are the same ones affecting adults, but as children’s teeth are still developing, untreated dental conditions can cause poor and misaligned tooth development, leading to a more serious problem as a child grows up.

    Common issues of dental health in children include:

    1. Tooth Decay: Also known as cavities, tooth decay is one of the most prevalent childhood dental problems. It occurs when bacteria in the mouth produce acids that erode the tooth enamel, leading to decay and eventual cavities if left untreated.
    2. Gum Disease: Gingivitis and periodontitis are forms of gum disease that can affect children. Poor oral hygiene, plaque buildup, and certain medical conditions can contribute to gum inflammation and infection.
    3. Malocclusion: Malocclusion refers to misalignment or improper positioning of the teeth or jaws, leading to bite problems such as overbite, underbite, or crossbite. Malocclusion can impact proper chewing, speech development, and overall oral health if not addressed.
    4. Tooth Eruption Issues: Delayed or abnormal tooth eruption can occur in children, leading to crowding, impacted teeth, or other complications that may require orthodontic intervention.
    5. Dental Trauma: Accidents or injuries to the mouth, such as falls or sports-related injuries, can result in chipped, cracked, or knocked-out teeth requiring immediate dental attention.
    6. Thumb Sucking and Pacifier Habits: Prolonged thumb sucking or pacifier use beyond infancy can affect dental development, leading to misalignment of teeth or changes in the shape of the jaw.
    7. Dental Anxiety: Fear or anxiety about visiting the dentist is common among children and can result in avoidance of dental care, which may exacerbate existing dental issues.

    Regular dental check-ups, preventive care, and early intervention are crucial in addressing these common dental health issues in children and promoting optimal oral health and development.

  • What is a space maintainer?

    A space maintainer is a dental appliance used to preserve the space left by a prematurely lost primary tooth until the permanent tooth erupts. They help prevent misalignment and potential orthodontic issues by holding the space open. Space maintainers can be fixed or removable and are crucial in maintaining optimal oral health. Regular dental check-ups are essential to monitor their effectiveness and ensure proper dental development.

More Questions?

If you have more questions about pediatric dentistry and the procedures used by Amazing Smiles, please contact our office and we will be happy to discuss further.

Amazing Smiles

16532 Oak Park Ave. Ste 200.
Tinley Park, IL 60477
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Hours

Monday: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Friday: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm (the 3rd Saturday of the month)

Phone

(708) 444-7645