Dr. Capellan understands that you want the best for your child. At Boca Smile Center, we focus on providing the highest quality pediatric dentistry services possible. It’s completely normal for a child to be unsure or nervous about their first visit with a new dentist, but at Boca Smile Center, they don’t have to be! Our practice and kids dentistry services are designed to make your child comfortable and excited to visit the dentist. We're happy to see pediatric dental patients from ages 12 and up!
Kids Dental Checkups
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentists (AAPD) advises that children be seen for a checkup every 6 months. These visits allow Dr. Capellan 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. Dr. Capellan 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. Dr. Capellan often recommends 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 actually 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 American school-aged children are caused by food and bacteria being caught in rear molars.
At Boca Smile Center, we typically apply a protective sealant to your child’s back teeth, premolars and molars. The sealant will last for several years, but we will continue to check it during your child’s regular dental appointments.
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 Boca Smile Center, we typically treat cavities with discreet, effective tooth-colored fillings.
Baby teeth are not as strong as adult teeth. If your child’s tooth suffers a large cavity, the bacteria can damage the pulp inside the tooth, causing pain and inflammation. When the soft tissue inside the pulp chamber becomes infected or inflamed, Dr. Capellan might recommend a pulpotomy. Instead of removing the entire tooth, Dr. Capellan will put a medicated filling into the pulp chamber to try to keep the remaining pulp inside the tooth alive and healthy.
Pediatric Dental Crowns
Dental crowns are tooth-shaped coverings cemented to a badly damaged tooth to restore the shape and functionality of the tooth. Dr. Capellan 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, Dr. Capellan will perform an extraction. An extraction may also be recommended if the tooth is severely fractured or is crowding other healthy teeth.
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Boca Smile Center offers comprehensive general dentistry services to the whole family.