Common Dental Procedures and Materials at Our Palmer Pediatric Dental Practice
Because we are specialists in pediatric dentistry, we have carefully selected the various items and materials we use for routine dental procedures with your child's needs and comfort-- and the highest quality dentistry-- in mind. We are proud to use the following well-known and well-respected dental brand names.
Fillings- when cavities need to be filled, we use GC America Fuji Glass Ionomer products extensively. They are great restorative materials because they allow for minimal tooth preparation (the less tooth removed, the stronger it is), chemically bond to the tooth (for extra strength), have great bio-compatibility (acts similarly to natural teeth), and release fluoride directly into the tooth (helping make the tooth stronger and more resistant to future caries or re-treatment). They’re also quick to place and require less technique sensitivity (for wiggly kids). For those parents who wish to minimize their kids’ exposure to fluoride, we use BPA-free ivoclar vivadent resin composites. Both come in various tooth colors and look great.
Sealants- for kids with with deep pits and fissures (which make it hard to effectively brush food out of) on their first adult (six year) or second (12 year) molars, or are at high risk for cavities, a protective coating that fills in those pits and fissure is recommended. We use GC America Fuji Glass Ionomer sealant material extensively for its ability to release fluoride directly into the tooth, helping make it stronger and more resistant to future caries and restoration. For those parents who wish to minimize their kids’ exposure to fluoride, we use BPA- and fluoride-free Voco GrandiO Seal resin sealant material.
Stainless Steel Crowns- for those kids with large cavities or extensive caries requiring restoration, stainless steel crowns (SSC’s) are considered the standard of care for their strength, durability, protection, predictability, and relative affordability. We use Hu-Friedy Pedo Crowns. For older kids, we use 3M ESPE Unitek SSC’s for adult molars. These are cemented with GC America Fuji-CEM 2 material because of its fluoride release directly into the tooth, great bio-compatibility, and superior bond strength. For those parents who wish to minimize their kids’ exposure to fluoride, we use fluoride-free ivoclar vivadent SpeedCEM.
Esthetic Anterior Crowns- for those kids with larger cavities on their front kids (primary) teeth, we use NuSmile ZR Zirconia crowns and NuSmile BioCem Universal Bioactive cement for their strength, bio-compatibility, and beautifully natural look.
Space Maintainers- for those kids who need a tooth extraction, we’ll use Denovo Space Maintenance Bands and Accessories, when indicated, to hold the space open in order that the adult tooth can erupt with as little crowding as possible. This procedure is quick and easy and doesn’t require taking impressions or any lab work. It’s all done chair-side quickly, easily, and conveniently during the same appointment. These are cemented with GC America Fuji-CEM 2 material because of its fluoride release directly into the tooth, great bio-compatibility, and superior bond strength. For those parents who wish to minimize their kid's exposure to fluoride, we use fluoride-free ivoclar vivadent SpeedCEM.
Frenum Reductions- for those infants with frenal attachments that prohibit normal movement of the upper lip or tongue making nursing difficult, or for kids with speech problems caused by them, or for some orthodontic (braces) patients, we use a variety of surgical methods to free the attachment(s). When using laser technology is deemed appropriate, we use a Biolase iLase diode laser for its fast reduction abilities, minimal to no pain, minimal to no bleeding, and quicker healing.
In-Office General Anesthesia- Usually due to pre-cooperative age or behavior, anxiety, fear, special needs, extensive treatment, or parental request, general anesthesia is our preferred sedation option for a non-traumatic dental experience (for both patient and parent) and high quality dental care. We've found that when sedation is necessary for a child's dental treatment many parents prefer the safety, convenience, comfort, predictability, hassle-freeness, and affordability of in-office general anesthesia compared to other options. We are proud to team with the excellent services of Dr. Kenley Michaud, Board Certified Dentist Anesthesiologist. Your child's safety and comfort is his number one job, and our number one priority.