When our teeth are not brushed or flossed regularly, or if we consume excessive sugary foods, bacteria can establish themselves on our teeth and erode the protective outer layer. This can lead to the development of a cavity. At Mighty Smiles, we provide treatment for minor cavities and other tooth damage through the use of dental fillings. This restorative procedure is commonly performed by our team and effectively restores a tooth's original health and shape.
Dental fillings are primarily utilized to repair teeth with minimal damage or decay, such as cavities. They can also be used to fix teeth with small chips or fractures. Each dental filling serves to restore the overall health and natural shape of the tooth. Regardless of age, patients can receive a dental filling in a single convenient visit to our practice. Dental fillings are an excellent option for children and teenagers who have experienced tooth damage. We encourage you to contact or visit us today for further information. We are eager to assist your family in maintaining beautiful and healthy smiles.
Dental sealants are an important tool in protecting the teeth of children. These thin, plastic coatings are applied to the grooves on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (molars and premolars), where most cavities develop. One of the biggest benefits of dental sealants is their ability to prevent cavities. When a child eats sugary foods and drinks, bacteria in their mouth produce acids that can eat away at the enamel on their teeth. Over time, this can cause cavities. However, dental sealants create a barrier between the bacteria and the enamel, effectively preventing cavities from forming. In addition to preventing cavities, dental sealants can also save time and money. The process of applying sealants is quick and painless, and it only needs to be done once. This means that children won't have to undergo multiple trips to the dentist for cavity treatment. Furthermore, the cost of applying dental sealants is significantly less than the cost of filling cavities.
Another benefit of dental sealants is that they are long-lasting. When properly applied and maintained, dental sealants can last for several years. This means that children will be protected from cavities for a longer period of time. It's important to note that dental sealants are not a replacement for good oral hygiene. Children should still brush and floss their teeth regularly, and visit the dentist for regular checkups. However, when used in conjunction with good oral hygiene habits, dental sealants can be an effective way to protect children's teeth from cavities. Overall, dental sealants offer a number of benefits for children's oral health. They can prevent cavities, save time and money, and last for several years. If you're a parent, consider talking to your dentist about whether dental sealants are right for your child.
Dental technology continues to advance in terms of both functionality and safety, and in our commitment to delivering exceptional dental care to your child, we utilize digital X-rays as a cutting-edge diagnostic tool. Digital X-rays capture images of your child's teeth using a digital sensor, eliminating the need for traditional X-ray films. By eliminating film usage, there are no chemicals involved in the image development process, resulting in significantly reduced radiation exposure for your child. Digital X-rays produce high-quality images that can be promptly viewed by our dentists and yourself, enabling us to provide efficient care and accurate diagnoses for your family.
With digital radiography, we can detect various dental issues, including:
Cavities located between teeth
Improper positioning of tooth roots
Damage in existing dental fillings
Our dentist can utilize digital dental X-rays to plan treatments that are most suitable for your child.
When your child comes to Mighty Smiles Dentistry for their checkup, our team will assess their cavity risk and may offer a fluoride treatment to enhance the strength of their teeth and protect against cavities.
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that can be found in water and certain foods. While your family may already be receiving fluoride through drinking water and using fluoride toothpaste, our team may recommend applying topical fluoride directly to your child's teeth to provide additional protection.
Fluoride works by fortifying the tooth enamel, the tough outer layer of the teeth. In children, tooth enamel can be particularly susceptible to decay, making fluoride treatment an excellent preventive measure. Applying fluoride at our office is a quick and enjoyable process. We offer a variety of tasty flavors for your kids to choose from, and the treatment is seamlessly incorporated into their regular cleaning appointment.
We will always choose the most conservative treatment options available to your child, and we seek to use non-invasive procedures whenever possible. However, there are times when your child may need to be sedated to care for them properly. Ultimately, their safety and comfort are our utmost concern.
Laughing gas is the common term for Nitrous Oxide, a safe and mild method used during dental procedures. Your child will be awake and responsive throughout the procedure, in a more relaxed state. Because this type of dentistry is short-lived with a gentle effect, it is often used for children. Nitrous oxide puts patients at ease to remain relaxed during dental procedures allowing the anxious child a more pleasant dental experience! We customize each case individually and will discuss sedation only if necessary.
While our dedicated team at Mighty Smiles strives to provide comfortable and familiar dental care to every patient, there are instances where we may recommend sedation dentistry. This approach is particularly beneficial for individuals with pre-existing conditions or those in need of complex dental procedures.
Sedation dentistry involves the use of general anesthesia to ensure patients can receive necessary treatments without complications. Our dentists closely collaborate with outpatient staff and specialists to guarantee the utmost comfort for patients and take all necessary precautions.
There are several advantages to opting for sedation dentistry, including:
Completion of all required treatments in a single visit
Treatment provided in a controlled environment, ensuring safety and effectiveness
Complete comfort for the patient, as they are asleep throughout the entire procedure
Children who face significant challenges in receiving dental care in a typical office setting, as well as individuals with special needs, are excellent candidates for sedation dentistry. Recommendations for treatments and the use of sedation dentistry are based on thorough examinations and the patient's experiences and behavior during their time at our office. Sedation dentistry is only recommended when necessary, and parents are presented with all available options beforehand.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding hospital dentistry, please don't hesitate to contact our office. We prioritize providing comprehensive information and ensuring that both our patients and their parents are fully informed and prepared before proceeding with any treatment.
Space maintainers are used to hold the place of a baby tooth that has fallen out of a child's mouth early due to decay or injury. A space maintainer is made of stainless steel and/or plastic. It is removable. The space maintainer will be removed once the permanent tooth starts to grow in. If a space maintainer is not put in the space where the baby tooth was lost, the surrounding teeth can take over that space. This can makes the permanent tooth come in crooked which can lead to difficulties in chewing.
At Mighty Smiles Dentistry, our team is skilled in restoring the appearance, strength, and functionality of your child's teeth using dental crowns. We offer stainless steel crowns for back teeth and porcelain crowns for front teeth, catering to your child's specific oral health requirements. Feel free to call us to schedule an appointment with one of our dentists and learn more about the benefits of stainless steel and porcelain dental crowns.
By utilizing dental crowns, we can help preserve your child's primary teeth until they naturally fall out, facilitating the growth and eruption of permanent teeth. We may recommend a crown if your child has extensive tooth decay or has undergone a pulpotomy (baby root canal).
Some advantages of dental crowns include:
To acquire further information about stainless steel and porcelain dental crowns and to arrange a consultation with our dentists, please contact our office today.
At Mighty Smiles, we are committed to providing compassionate and specialized healthcare services for children and adults with a wide range of special needs. Our dedicated team of healthcare professionals understands that each individual is unique, and we are here to offer comprehensive care and support. We proudly offer a variety of services tailored to meet the specific needs of individuals with conditions such as but not limited to:
Autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, intellectual disabilities, and developmental delays.
Some of the services we provide:
- Comprehensive Dental Care:
- Individualized Treatment Plans:
- Patient Education:
- Communication Support:
- Coordination with Specialists:
- Compassionate and Patient-Centered Care:
At Mighty Smiles , our goal is to empower our patients. families, and caregivers with the knowledge and resources they need to achieve and maintain a healthy smile. If you are the caregiver for an adult or child with special needs, we invite you to speak with us about options for their personalized dental care. Please reach out at 702-850-8148 to schedule today!
Specialists in these fields are designated “registrable” (in the United States, “board eligible”) and warrant exclusive titles such as orthodontist, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, endodontist, pediatric dentist, periodontist, or prosthodontist upon satisfying certain local accreditation requirements (U.S., “Board Certified”).