What is pediatric dentistry?
Pediatric dentistry deals with the health of the mouth of children from birth to adolescence.
The pediatric dentist, also called a pedodontist, is a dentist who has one specific professional preparation , clinical and psychological, which allows him to treat even very young children thanks to an approach that aims to establish a relationship of trust and collaboration.
At our Clinic we can boast thirty years of experience in obtaining the child’s trust and serenity as the first goal
indispensable for the correct application of therapeutic and prevention protocols and for the future relationship of the child with the dentist even when he is an adult.
The specific task of the pedodontist is also to take care of the prevention of caries and therefore to motivate and teach the correct techniques of tooth brushing, to give suggestions about the food diet, to apply all the prevention aids such as ionofluorophoresis and sealants. It is also able to control, correct and prevent developmental anomalies of the teeth and jaw bones, thus preventing and treating malocclusions, correcting bad habits, dental trauma.
Children, pre-adolescents and adolescents need a differentiated behavioral approach according to their age.
Why cure milk teeth
The importance of keeping the deciduous.
Milk teeth, also called deciduous teeth, can decay exactly like permanent teeth. Some milk teeth, such as molars, “permute” or fall out at the beginning of adolescence, around the age of 12-13. When it happens that these teeth decay and break up in childhood, they leave an empty space that can remain so for many years before the arrival of the final tooth. During this “waiting” period the empty space is very often occupied by the teeth already present in the mouth and then when the final tooth that naturally should have replaced the baby tooth finally arrives, it will find the occupied space. This lack of space will therefore cause “crowding” or the teeth will be crooked.
To avoid orthodontic problems
To avoid inflammation, pain and abscesses
To maintain good chewing function
It is important to treat any cavities on milk teeth.
Fundamental tool to prevent the formation of caries in the child.
It is highly recommended to perform the Sealing of the definitive molar teeth as soon as they erupt
(or “pop” in the mouth) at the age of about 6 years . In fact, the first definitive molar teeth erupting at such an early age are at extreme risk of caries due to the rather high sugar diet typical of children and also due to the imperfect care of oral hygiene in childhood. Sealing the furrows of these molars that will have to remain in the mouth all life and which will constitute real milestones for chewing, practically means saving them.
If the Seals are carried out with too much haste and approximation by careless operators, that is not one at a time and not taking care to first carefully decontaminate the surface of the tooth and to keep the surface perfectly dry away from saliva: IN THIS CASE THE SEALINGS MAY BE HARMFUL and even favor the formation of caries by “burying” plaque and bacteria and making it impossible to diagnose an initial caries in time.
For this reason at our Clinic the Sealing of the definitive molars are performed with the utmost care, first carefully cleaning the surface of the tooth and using the best sealant available on the world market: “ULTRASEAL XT PLUS + ®” added with Fluoride inside. We also check and redo the seals for the next 24 months free of charge, thus guaranteeing their follow-up.
Fluorine is another very effective weapon for the prevention of caries.
The Ministry of Health has defined FLUORO as “the milestone in caries prevention”:
It directly strengthens the mineral structure, modifying its biochemical organization: it induces the transformation of hydroxyapatite into fluoroapatite.
It favors the remineralization of spots subject to localized demineralization
It has an antibacterial action, especially on Streptococcus mutans (the bacterium responsible for caries), which makes adhesion more difficult.
At our Clinic we perform cycles of fluorations particularly suitable for patients of childhood but also for those with dentinal hypersensitivity or enamel erosions.
Growth of deciduous teeth
When do milk teeth arise? And when are they replaced by the definitive ones? Some important information
Mothers do not have to worry about the timing of the appearance of the teeth, both for the deciduous and for the permanent ones: the variability is such that it can lead to considerable differences, from child to child, but this is not pathological, it is just a peculiar feature of the development of each person. The case of a delay in the eruption of a single tooth or more than one is different.
In this situation it is normal and right for the mother to become suspicious and have the baby do a check-up.
The formation of teeth already takes place in the fetus, around the third month of pregnancy. To “snack”, however, we must wait for a few months to pass from birth.
Usually the first teeth appear at 6-10 months but the time frame can be longer, between 4 and 17 months, depending on the children.
The completion of the milk dentition, consisting of 8 incisors, 4 canines and 8 molars, can also occur in variable periods, usually between 24 and 30 months.
The fall of the first deciduous teeth usually occurs around the age of 6. First the upper incisors fall out, then the canines, then the molars. Simultaneously with the fall of the incisors, the first permanent molars appear.
The importance of wearing the appliance from an early age.
Interceptive Orthodontics, also called Mio-Functional, consists in the use of mobile devices that allow the correction of the bone bases as long as they are growing and therefore “correctable”.
It acts in the most right and natural way possible, that is, it corrects while it is growing exactly as it happens when we have a plant that grows crooked and by putting a brace we can support it and make it grow straight.
It favors and sometimes avoids the second phase of orthodontics, that is the phase of fixed braces, which should then be addressed in adolescence, after 12 years of age.
It is applied in a period of life in which, absurdly, the patient is much more cooperative than the adolescent and pre-adolescent age.
At our Clinic we also solve very complex cases, which for example would have required extractions or orthognathic surgery in the future, thanks to these interceptive techniques.
Answers to frequently asked questions
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In the meantime, here we answer some of the questions we get asked most often.
It means they may simply be late. Otherwise they may not be present inside the bone and in this case it would be a so-called Agenesis, or they may have remained “included” or blocked inside the bone itself. In both of these latter cases it is necessary to intervene to prevent problems in positioning the other teeth or to stimulate or if necessary hook and bring the impacted teeth into the arch through an orthodontic appliance.
If in doubt, it is always good to visit one of our specialists who, through the analysis of an x-ray, will be able to provide all the answers.Contact us
Around 5 or at most 6 years. But if necessary (pain, discomfort, accidental trauma or simple doubts) even earlier.Go to the contact page
Absolutely yes, they must be kept in perfect health in order to preserve their permanence in the mouth until the moment of their natural replacement by the definitive underlying. In fact, the premature loss of milk teeth causes the closure of the other teeth present in the mouth and the consequent difficulty of the definitive ones to erupt correctly, which causes dental crowding (ie crooked teeth).book an inspection