Kids Dentistry In Toronto
At North Shores Dental, our first priority is the health of your child's smile. From regular exams to orthodontic treatment, we are committed to bringing out the beauty and confidence of each child’s smile with our comprehensive menu of kids dentistry services. Our general dentists are caring and gentle to ensure children never fear their next visit.
Fear of the dentist can follow a child into adulthood, which is why we take special care with our pediatric dental patients. We encourage you and your child to ask questions about any of our kids dentistry services and are always happy to address any concerns you have as a parent.
Our Toronto dentist offers empathetic oral health education and uses simple explanations to answer your child’s questions and reassure them. If your child is anxious, ask us about sedation dentistry options that could make their appointment more successful.
Your Child's First Visit
As a parent himself, Dr. Reyes understands that you want the best for your child. At North Shores Dental, we focus on providing high quality pediatric dental care. It’s completely normal for a child to be unsure or nervous about their first dental visit, but at our Toronto dental office, they don’t have to be! Our practice is designed to make your child comfortable and excited to visit the dentist.
Regular Dental Checkups
Our dentists advise that children be seen for a checkup every 6 months starting when they cut their first tooth. These visits allow Drs. Reyes, Corrigan, Pham or Pahota 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. Our dentists may suggest additional checkups if your child is more susceptible to cavities, or if your child is showing signs of orthodontic problems.
Dental fluoride treatments are safe and effective in decreasing the amount of cavities in children. Our dentists often recommend fluoride treatments along with dental sealants to protect your child’s teeth. Fluoride acts as a shield for the tooth’s outer enamel and can sometimes even 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 school-aged children are caused by food and bacteria being caught in their rear molars.
At North Shores Dental, we typically apply a protective sealant to your child’s back teeth, premolars and molars. The sealant should last for several years, but we will continue to check it during your child’s regular dental appointments.
Air Abrasion For Small Cavities
Air abrasion is a drill-less technique used by Dr. Reyes and associates to remove tooth decay. Because it doesn't require a loud drill, air abrasion generates no pressure or vibration on your child's tooth, which can make it ideal to treat small cavities. Most of our pediatric dental patients who have small cavities don't even need anesthesia while having this treatment.
Tooth Colored Fillings
Treatment for cavities in children depends on how severe the decay is as well as each child’s age and risk of future cavities. At North Shores Dental, we typically treat cavities with discreet, effective tooth-colored fillings.
Pediatric Dental Crowns
Dental crowns are tooth-shaped coverings cemented to a badly damaged tooth to restore the shape and functionality of the tooth. Drs. Reyes, Corrigan, Pham or Pahota 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 dentists will perform an extraction. An extraction may also be recommended if the tooth is severely fractured or is crowding other healthy teeth.
Your child might need a space maintainer if they lose a tooth early or have a baby tooth extracted. If your child needs a space maintainer, Drs. Reyes, Corrigan, Pham or Pahota will custom make it to fit your child’s mouth. It will keep the space where the baby tooth was lost open in order to allow the permanent tooth to come into place.
Baby teeth are vital to the healthy development of adult teeth and facial structure. If a space maintainer is not used, your child’s other teeth can shift into the open space and more invasive orthodontic treatment might be needed.
Nitrous Oxide For Anxious Patients
If your child is anxious, has special needs, or just needs extra help staying calm and comfortable, our Toronto dentist may recommend nitrous oxide. Also known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is a safe way to help children receive the dental care they need without anxiety or fear.
Once the dental treatment is over, the gas will be completely out of their system after just a few minutes. Nitrous oxide is widely considered to be low risk. At North Shores Dental in Toronto, our goal is to always care for your child’s dental health in the safest way possible.
Not all wisdom teeth need to be extracted – but some do. In many situations, it’s best to pull the wisdom teeth before they jeopardize your child's smile as a whole. If your wisdom tooth’s growth can cause damage to neighboring teeth, or cannot fully erupt, we may consider extraction.
We will take imaging of your child's entire jaw, so we can see the size, location, and developmental stage of the wisdom teeth in consideration. At the earliest, wisdom teeth are removed in the mid-teen years, but 3rd molars often do not finish developing until closer to about 30 years of age.
At North Shores Dental, we offer comprehensive general dentistry services to all family members of all ages.