A sealant is a protective coating that is applied to the chewing surfaces (grooves) of the back teeth. This sealant acts as a barrier to food, plaque and acid, thus protecting the decay-prone areas of the teeth
Use of silver diamine fluoride in pediatric dentistry has some value for our very young patients with untreated decay, or patients who cannot tolerate treatment. SDF is a colorless liquid containing both silver and fluoride ions. When placed on areas of a tooth that have decay, it arrests or stops the cavity from growing. Any decayed area that the SDF grabs on to turns black. The tooth will require re-application of the SDF in 1-3 months and it will need to be checked over time to make sure the cavity is still arrested. More often than not, the tooth will require restorative treatment (filling or crown) at a later date. Your dentist will determine the right timing for the application of SDF, and the restoration.
If a baby tooth requires extraction, it may require a space maintenance appliance to hold the space for the growing permanent tooth underneath. This is so the surrounding teeth do not move into the empty space where the baby tooth once was. Your child still may need orthodontic treatment in the future due to natural crowding or jaw misalignment.
When a child begins to participate in recreational activities and organized sports, injuries can occur. A properly fitted mouth guard, or mouth protector, is an important piece of athletic gear that can help protect your child’s smile, and should be used during any activity that could result in a blow to the face or mouth. Mouth guards help prevent broken teeth, and injuries to the lips, tongue, face or jaw. A properly fitted mouth guard will stay in place while your child is wearing it, making it easy for them to talk and breathe. Ask your pediatric dentist about custom and store-bought mouth protectors.
My son LOVES this dentist office, the staff and Dr. Darby are the BEST. I will not take my son to anyone else. They give my son the best care, and they truly love all that comes to them. Dr. Darby treats my son As if he was his son. They are all like family. My son love to go to all the receptionist and staff and give all hugs. The BEST care always! Thank you
Our experience with this office has been amazing! All of the staff, Dr. Easte Warnick, and Dr. Darby are amazing with my daughter. The time, care and effort they put forth to make her comfortable and lessen the burden on us as parents is incredible. Education, billing, what to expect concerns were all addressed without being made to feel rushed. Dr. Easte Warnick went above and beyond from our first visit to the follow up after my daughter's procedure and it was an incredible blessing to know she cared. The follow up office care has been as wonderful as our initial visit. I truly can't thank them all enough with just words. The care is outstanding and the office manager was just as amazing as the doctors! My daughter refers to her work as her special jewelry and works extra hard to keep it sparkling!!
At Anchorage Pediatric Dentistry, we provide comprehensive dental care for infants, children and adolescents. Our passion and the purpose of our practice, is to provide the best possible pediatric dental care through kindness, education, and excellent treatment.