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Conditions We Treat

Very rarely, babies are born with teeth, known as “natal teeth.” Neonatal teeth emerge within the first month of a baby’s life. For those young patients, visits to the dentist start early.

At the Division of Pediatric Dentistry, we treat everyone from tiny babies to teens that tower over their parents. Usually, patients begin to see a general dentist when all their adult teeth are in, but we will continue to see older patients if they are anxious or are otherwise not ready to move on from our pediatric clinic. In some cases, we treat patients up to age 21.

Some of the conditions we treat are listed below.

 

Dental Anxiety

One of the first things parents often want to know is how we deal with an apprehensive or fearful child. 

Just like everything else at CHAM, our dental clinic is child-centered and kid-friendly. We treat children with a generous dose of patience and gentleness, and we have a variety of tried-and-true methods for helping them undergo treatment with minimum trauma. We strive to make dental treatment as comfortable as possible for both patients and their parents.

If your child has trouble sitting still, is afraid of the dentist or has other issues that make dental visits stressful, we can help. Our pediatric dentists are skilled at providing oral sedation to make dental work as comfortable as possible for patients. If general anesthesia is appropriate, our team includes anesthesiologists who can safely provide that to children who need it.

 

Craniofacial Abnormalities

We’re proud of our interdisciplinary work with CHAM’s craniofacial center, where we provide dental care for patients undergoing surgeries and other treatments. We also have plastic surgeons, otolaryngologists (ear, nose and throat) and speech pathologists on our team to help treat patients with facial disorders.

Dental Caries

Dental caries, also known as cavities, can develop quickly in children, and are detrimental to their overall health and well-being. Our team treats caries, from simple fillings to root canals and oral surgery. Sealants and other preventive measures are available to help keep kids from developing caries.

We also work closely with the pediatric cardiology department, treating patients who need to clear dental caries prior to cardiac surgery.