Preventive Dental for Children

The Houston dentist for kids at Smile Sonrisa Dental emphasize preventive dental care because we would much rather see your child for a routine, stress-free visit than for a series of lengthy procedures. However, all treatments can be made easier with the help of oral conscious sedation, which relaxes your child and prevents him or her from remembering anything about the procedure. Our Houston dentist professionals offer a wide array of preventive and restorative procedures to help your children maintain good dental health, making safety and comfort paramount every step of the way.

Dental Exams and Cleanings

Twice-yearly dental exams and cleanings are essential for optimal oral health. The purpose of the exams is to stay on top of newly developing problems. Early detection of cavities, gum disease, or tooth eruption issues allows us to take conservative measures to treat or even reverse these conditions. Professional teeth cleanings help remove plaque and tartar from the teeth to prevent periodontal disease.

Professional Fluoride Treatments

Every dental exam and cleaning appointment includes fluoride application to the teeth. Fluoride is a mineral that strengthens weak spots in the enamel, preventing acid erosion and decay. This mineral is found in toothpastes and other oral care products as well as in many city water supplies, but our treatments contain a stronger concentration of fluoride for increased protection. Professional fluoride applications not only help prevent cavities but can also reverse decay in its earliest stages.

Dental Sealants

While fluoride treatments chemically protect vulnerable tooth enamel in children, dental sealants are physical barriers against the substances that lead to tooth decay. Sealants start off in liquid form, and we brush them on the chewing surfaces of the permanent molars. The material settles into the small pits and grooves of these teeth and then hardens into a thin plastic coating that seals out harmful germs and food particles.

Interceptive Orthodontics

Our Houston orthodontics services go far beyond just braces for straightening teeth. Early orthodontic treatments are also available to help preserve spaces or create room for crowded teeth to erupt properly. Orthodontic treatments can also help influence proper jaw growth for facial symmetry. Traditional braces may still be needed later, but interceptive orthodontic care often helps shorten the treatment time.

Restorative Treatments

Our Houston dentists offer the following treatments to restore oral functioning and enhance your child’s appearance if dental problems should occur:

  • Fillings: We use tooth-colored fillings made from composite resin for the most natural appearance.
  • White crowns and stainless steel crowns: Crowns cover the entire tooth and are used to restore teeth with extensive decay. We use aesthetically pleasing white crowns for front teeth and stainless steel crowns for molars.
  • Pulpotomies: Deep decay can affect the soft center of the tooth called the pulp. A tooth-saving pulpotomy involves removing decay from the pulp chamber, placing filling material in the space left behind, and affixing a crown to the tooth.
  • Extractions: We can easily remove decayed baby teeth or those that need to come out to make room for permanent teeth to erupt.
  • Pediatric bridges: If your child loses a baby tooth too early because of decay or trauma, we can create a dental bridge to ensure a complete smile.

Houston Family Dentist for All Your Oral Health Needs

Every Houston dentist for kids at Smile Sonrisa Dental provides gentle preventive dental care and comfortable, minimally invasive restorative care to ensure that your child has a healthy and attractive smile. Call our family and pediatric dental office today to set up appointments for your loved ones.