At Smiles of Aurora, our pediatric dentistry team combines our advanced knowledge of dentistry with child-friendly dental techniques. Every single one of our dental team members is focused on maintaining an environment that is comfortable and stress-free for our youngest patients. Children of all ages are welcome at our Aurora dental office!
We encourage you and your child to ask questions and are always here to address any concerns you have as a parent. In addition to providing children's dental treatment, we also offer empathetic oral health education and use simple explanations to answer your child’s questions.
If your child is anxious about visiting the dentist, ask us about our safe sedation dentistry options that could make their appointment more relaxing!
Our kids dentist understands that you want the best for your child. Smiles of Aurora uses the latest advancements in pediatric dentistry to provide the highest quality care possible. It’s completely normal for a child to be unsure or nervous about their first dental visit, but they don’t have to be! Our dentist office is designed to make your child comfortable and excited to visit the dentist.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentists (AAPD) advises that children be seen for a checkup every 6 months. These visits allow our pediatric dentistry specialists 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. Goetz may suggest additional checkups if your child is more susceptible to cavities or if your child is showing signs of orthodontic problems.
Teeth-Strengthening Mineral Application
Dental teeth-strengthening mineral treatments are safe and effective in decreasing the number of cavities in children. Our dentists often recommend this treatment along with dental sealants to help protect your child’s teeth. This teeth-strengthening mineral 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 Smiles of Aurora, 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.
If your child is anxious, has special needs, or just needs extra help staying calm and comfortable, our kids dentist may recommend laughing gas. Laughing gas is a completely safe way to help children receive the dental care they need - free from fear or anxiety. Once the pediatric dentistry treatment is over, the gas will be completely out of their system after just a few minutes. Laughing gas is widely considered to be low risk.
Baby teeth are not as strong as adult teeth. If your child’s tooth suffers a large cavity, 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 kids dentist might recommend a pulpotomy. Instead of removing the entire tooth, Dr. Goetz will put a medicated filling into the pulp chamber to keep the remaining pulp inside the tooth alive and healthy.
Children's cavity treatment depends on how severe the decay is as well as each child’s age and risk of future cavities. At Smiles of Aurora, we typically treat cavities with discreet, effective tooth-colored fillings.
Dental crowns are tooth-shaped coverings cemented to a badly damaged tooth to restore its shape and functionality. Our pediatric dentistry experts 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.
Unfortunately, sometimes a child’s tooth may be too badly decayed to save. In this case, our pediatric dentistry specialists 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 in many situations, it’s best to pull the wisdom teeth before they jeopardize the smile as a whole. Our pediatric dentistry specialists can determine if your child's wisdom teeth growth is causing damage to neighboring teeth, or cannot fully erupt. In these cases, we may consider extraction.
At the earliest, wisdom teeth are removed in the mid-teen years, but third molars do not finish developing until closer to about 30 years of age. Unlike most general dentistry practices, our Aurora pediatric dental specialists are also able to extract impacted wisdom teeth. This allows your child to receive gentle treatment from the dentist that they know and trust!
Tongue Tie Release Surgery / Frenectomy
Your child’s tongue is an important part of their oral structure. It affects the position of the teeth, periodontal tissue, swallowing, speech development and nutrition. “Tongue Tie” is a condition where the tissue on the underside of the tongue that connects to the floor of their mouth is too short, limiting the tongue’s range of motion. In infants, it can cause problems with breastfeeding, and in young children, it can cause problems with speech.
Treatment for this condition is relatively simple, and early intervention is key!
Questions About Our Kids Dentistry Services?
Is your child due for a preventive checkup? Give Smiles of Aurora a call to schedule their appointment with our kids dentists!