Posts for tag: pediatric dentist

One of the most common questions I get from parents is “If a baby tooth has a cavity, why should I fix it if my child will eventually use it”. The most obvious answer is to help protect the permanent teeth. Infected baby teeth, if left untreated can cause damage to the underlying developing permanent adult teeth. Removing the baby teeth before they are due to erupt can also lead to space maintenance issues. As a result, there is greater likelihood your child will develop crowding of the adult teeth leading to the need for braces. We highly encourage saving the baby teeth if all possible! An ounce of prevention prevents a pound of problems. Talk to Dr.Glasmeier about the options to fix a broken or decayed baby tooth!

Is your child “tongue-tied”?

Tongue tied, also known as “ankyloglossia” is a condition that affects how the tongue is attached to the floor of the mouth. Depending on where the tongue is attached, problems can arise such receding gums or even more severe issues such as speech deficits. Does your child have any speech issues related to them being tongue tied? If so, talk to your dentist about treatment as we perform a quick, relatively painless procedure called a “frenulectomy” that can eliminate this condition! Using a low powered laser, we can nonsurgically modify the attachment of the tongue. Quick, immediate results with little to no postop discomfort. Talk to Dr.Glasmeier about tongue-tied!

How does dental sedation work for children?

Dr.Glasmeier offers oral sedation for children who are fearful and/or have extensive dental needs that require measures to help relax/calm the child. By using oral sedation, the child can put be into a very relaxed, pain free statethat enables the dentist to accomplish the dental treatment successfully with thecooperation of the child. Oral sedation has been shown to be very helpful with children that are very nervous or have difficulty cooperating throughout the dental treatment.The end result is a more relaxed child with a pain free visit and very little recollectionof his/her dental visit(amnesia). Talk to Dr.Glasmeier about how oral sedation can help with your child's dental care!

Question: My child needs extensive dental work done and is quite nervous. What options are available to my child for sedation?

 

Anwer: That can really depend on certain factors such as age, weight, medical history, previous dental experiences, etc. The majority of the time, nitrous oxide(laughing gas) is sufficient to help calm the child down and eliminate anxiety. Nitrous is great because the onset of effect takes ~ 2-3 minutes and laughing gas is completely removed from the body following several minutes of administrating oxygen. If a child is unresponsive to laughing gas and will not cooperate, I would then recommending the patient be referred to a pediatric dentist. Pediatric dentists have more extensive training in sedation techniques for children such as oral sedation or even general anesthesia.

Question: What is an abscess?

 

 

Answer: When you have tooth decay or gum disease, you can get infection deep within the tooth or gum. This infection is an abscessed toot and can be very painful. If it is not treated, the infection can spread and you can lose your tooth or have other health problems.

 

What causes an abscessed tooth?

Damage to the tooth, an untreated cavity, or gum disease can cause an abscessed tooth.If a cavity is not treated, the inside of the tooth (called the pulp) can become infected. Bacteria can spread from the tooth to the tissue around it, creating an abscess.

 

Gum disease causes the gums to pull away from the teeth, leaving pockets. If food builds up in one of these pockets, bacteria can grow, and an abscess can form. Over time an abscess can cause the bone around the tooth to dissolve.

 

What are the symptoms?

You may have:

* Throbbing pain, especially when you chew.

* Red, swollen gums.

* A bad, foul smelling taste in your mouth.

* Swelling in your jaw or face.

* A fever.

* A bump (gumboil) that looks like a pimple on the cheek side or tongue side of the gum near the tooth.

 

Over time as the infection spreads, the bone in your jaw may begin to dissolve. When this happens, you may feel less pain, but the infection will remain. If you lose too much bone, your tooth will become loose and may have to be removed.

 

If you have a severe toothache or notice drainage of pus, call your dentist right away. You may have an abscessed tooth. If it is not treated, the infection could spread and become dangerous.

 

How is it treated?

If you have an abscessed tooth, your dentist will give you antibiotics to kill the bacteria causing the infection. Antibiotics may help for a while. But to get rid of the abscess, your dentist will need to get rid off the source of infection. This is done by making hole in the tooth or gum to drain the infection. Usually this will relieve your pain. If the inside of your tooth is infected, you will need a root canal or to have the tooth removed. A root canal tries to save your tooth by taking out the infected pulp. If you don't want a root canal or if you have one and it doesn't work, the dentist may have to remove your tooth. You and your doctor can decide the best step to take.

 

You may be able to reduce pain and swelling from an abscessed tooth by putting an ice pack wrapped in a towel against your cheek. You can also try over-the-counter pain medicine, including aspirin, acetaminophen (such as Tylenol) or ibuprofen (such as Advil or Motrin). But you still need to see your dentist for treatment.

 

How can you prevent an abscessed tooth?

You can prevent an abscessed tooth by preventing bacterial infections in your mouth. The best way to do that is to take good care of your teeth and gums:

* Brush your teeth 2 times a day, in the morning and at night, with fluoride toothpaste approved by the American Dental Association.

* Use dental floss to clean between your teeth every day.

* See your dentist for regular dental cleanings and checkups.

* Eat a healthy diet, and limit between-meal snacks.

 

Some people have a very dry mouth. This can cause deep dental cavities to form quickly, which can infect the pulp of a tooth and lead to an abscess. You may be able to prevent these problems by taking frequent sips of water, chewing gum, or sucking on sugarless candy. If you have severe dry mouth symptoms, you may need to take medicine to treat the problem. Many medicines can cause a dry mouth, including some medicines used to treat depression and high blood pressure.

 

Contact Dr.Glasmeier today if you have an tooth abscess or infection!