Treatment visits are generally 30-45 minutes in length. Our restorative treatment generally utilizes local anesthetic and Nitrous Oxide. If sedation is required, we utilize an oral sedative with the appropriate monitoring. If it is determined that treatment cannot be done in the office due to behavioral or health issues, we do provide outpatient general anesthesia through Spectrum Health facilities in Grand Rapids.
We do takes x-rays as needed. We utilize a lead apron with thyroid collar. We utilize the fastest speed film available to keep exposure to a minimum. X-rays provide valuable information regarding decay, dental development, and pathology.
Why X-rays on Baby Teeth?
If your child is determined to be at high risk for decay, x-rays will be in a more frequent basis. The enamel is much thinner then permanent teeth, and decay will spread more rapidly. We do a caries (cavity) risk assessment at your child’s first visit.
“A sealant is a plastic coating that is applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (molars). This sealant material acts as a barrier, protecting the chewing area of the molar teeth. Placing a sealant requires no drilling and, therefore, should allow the tooth to remain sound unless decay occurs on another side of the tooth.” -Michigan Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
Amalgam Filling Material
Amalgam fillings known as silver fillings have been in use for 150 years. It is a mixture of metals, composed of silver, tin, copper, and mercury. It is strong, long lasting, inexpensive and less likely to break composed to composite fillings. Though, many have claimed that ingesting the mercury may be harmful, the FDA, CDC, and WHO say there is no evidence of harm from amalgam fillings.
Resin (white) Filling Material
Composite or resin fillings are the color of the tooth. They are chemically bond to the tooth and it also permits preservation of as much of the tooth as possible.
Glass Ionomer fillings are less tooth colored than resins and look more natural. They contain fluoride which may help prevent further decay.
All according to the ADA- American Dental Association