DEFINITION OF PAEDIATRIC DENTISTRY
Pediatric dentists are dedicated to the oral health of children from infancy through the teen years. They have the experience and qualifications to care for a child’s teeth, gums, and mouth throughout the various stages of childhood.
The specialty of Peadiatric Dentistry is the practice, teaching of and research in the comprehensive preventive and therapeutic oral care of children from birth to adolescence.
Common Pediatric Dentistry Procedures
Pediatric Dentistry is the area of dentistry treating children from birth through adolescence. Children are special patients and have different needs than adults. So the field of dentistry developed a specialty of pediatric dentistry surrounding their needs. In general, pediatric dentistry takes care of severely broken down teeth requiring sedation. They also are great if your child is too fearful or disabled to handle treatment without sedation. Family dentists are also trained in pediatric dentistry and can treat children of all ages. A pediatric dentistry specialist is not always needed nor required for your children. Most children do quite well in a family dental practice and actually prefer to be with the rest of the family. The earlier a child starts with dental checkups, the easier it is on them and you. Problems are detected early and treatments can be quick and simple. Most children look forward to dental appointments when they have built a trust and confidence in their dentist. This is true for a family dentist or a pediatric dentist.
Whereas adult patients present with one set of teeth and its various issues. Children present to the dentist with three phases of teeth. These phases are called:
1) Deciduous Dentition (teeth) Phase. In this phase all of the child’s teeth are still baby or deciduous teeth. The child has not yet had any permanent teeth erupt.
2) Mixed Dentition Phase. This is where some of the child’s permanent teeth have erupted and replaced some of the primary teeth. So they have a mixture of primary and permanent teeth. This phase has also been coined the “ugly duckling phase”.
3) Permanent Dentition Phase. This is when all the child’s permanent teeth have erupted. This is the point where pediatric dentistry ends and adult dentistry begins.