At Bensalem Pediatric Dentistry, we are committed to providing your child with the best dental care possible. Our dental office in Bensalem, PA specializes in children’s dentistry, and focuses on creating a welcoming, comfortable environment for children and families. Our dentists and staff understand the importance of helping young patients develop positive associations with oral health and dental care. We work to make our services fun, so our patients have great oral health habits for life.
As a pediatric dental office, children are our specialty. Our dentists are ADA board certified pediatric dentists. Every member of our team is trained to help young patients feel comfortable and relaxed before, during, and after treatment.
Services we offer include, but are not limited to:
We know how important it is for children to establish good dental care habits from a young age, so our staff is focused on the oral hygiene of every patient. This involves keeping the mouth clean to help prevent the development of cavities, gingivitis, periodontitis, and other dental disorders. This also helps fight against bad breath.
In addition to dental cleanings, our office utilizes both fluoride treatments and dental sealants to help prevent cavities. Our staff also works with parents to educate them on how to properly care for their child’s teeth as they grow. Healthy smiles begin with caring for your child’s oral health from infancy.
X-rays are one of the most valuable diagnostic tools a dentist has for identifying problems in the jaw and teeth. Not all issues can be detected by a visual examination alone. For children, x-rays are used to monitor tooth development and growth, as well as check for any decay. This helps us keep their mouth and teeth healthy all along the way.
The staff at Bensalem Pediatric Dentistry is proud to provide this technology to our patients. Unlike traditional x-rays which use a dark room, digital x-rays are sent electronically to a computer where it can be easily stored, viewed, sent or printed. This also produces higher quality images, 90% less radiation, and can be more comfortable for the patient than traditional films.
Over the past few years, tooth colored or composite fillings have replaced silver restorations, resulting in a completely natural looking smile. A composite filling is a lot less noticeable than other types of fillings, which allows your child to smile with confidence.
We are committed to using mercury-free fillings in order to provide our patients with the best methods currently available. This also enables us to deliver a better structural and aesthetic result.
For children with special needs, completing dental work in a hospital-like setting, under general anesthesia, may be necessary or advisable to ensure they receive the care and treatment they need. Sleep dentistry may also be a successful treatment route for patients who are physically or mentally handicapped, children or young adults with serious dental phobias, and sick children with high risk of developing complications.
The dentists at Bensalem Pediatric Dentistry provide sleep dentistry at a wonderful facility in Malvern, PA. This facility is beautifully equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and has a very caring, competent, and compassionate staff. In addition, they have the tools and technology to ensure your child receives the dental care they need in a safe environment.
Dental sealants are recommended to help preserve your child’s teeth and prevent decay on their permanent molars. Made out of clear, plastic resin, dental sealants are an important preventive measure. After the resin is applied to the surface of the tooth, it acts as a barrier and protects the tooth from bacteria and food. Without sealants, food and bacteria can build up in deep crevices and cause tooth decay.
Fluoride is naturally present in almost all foods and water supplies. It is a great agent used to help prevent tooth decay. The benefits of using fluoride have been known for over 50 years and are supported by many professional and health organizations.
A number of factors are considered when recommending a fluoride treatment. These include a patient’s risk for dental decay, their age, and the specific liquids they drink. To ensure your child is receiving the right amount of fluoride, and analysis of water may need to be considered. The amount of fluoride present varies in well, bottled, and filtered water.
When removing a tooth is the best option for restoring the health of a patient’s mouth, and extraction will be performed. Our dentists may recommend an extraction when a tooth is:
- Significantly damaged or decayed
- Complications from trauma
- Orthodontic request
- Infected by periodontal (gum) disease
- Delayed exfoliation
- Impacted (stuck) in the mouth
Our staff and dentists will do everything in their power to ensure your child is comfortable during their treatment. It is important for your child to follow the instructions for post-extraction care. Visit our dental health glossary for after-extraction care instructions.
Also known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is typically recommended for operative appointments. The gas is administered through a flavored mouthpiece, and allows the child to remain responsive and conscious throughout the procedure. This can help eliminate worry and nervousness associated with dental procedures.
This type of sedation is considered safe by both medical and dental professionals. It is completely non-addictive and one of the safest sedatives in dentistry. Nitrous oxide is quickly eliminated from the body through normal breathing./p>
Catching orthodontic problems early on is important. Our dentists will advise you of any developing orthodontic problems your child may be facing. If necessary, we will refer you to an orthodontic specialist.
Orthodontic treatments are generally shorter for children and pre-teens, since the bone around their teeth and jaw bones can still be molded by dental braces as they grow. Pediatric orthodontics will help correct the alignment of the teeth, jaws, and lips. It can also help prevent physical health issues, including chewing difficulties, bone destruction, tooth decay, and gum disease.
Emergency Dental Services
If your child faces a dental emergency during or after hours, please give us a call immediately. During the day we have staff willing and ready to answer all questions, concerns and to get your child seen as soon as possible. After hours we have a dentist taking your calls 24 hours, seven days a week for all 365 days a year.
Below are a few tips on dealing with urgent dental situations and ways to try to prevent urgent dental situations:
If your child has a bitten lip, cheek, or tongue, clean the bite gently with water and use a cold compress (a cold, wet towel or washcloth pressed firmly against the area) to reduce or avoid swelling. Give us a call to help us determine how serious the bite is.
If your child has something caught between their teeth, first try to remove the object by using dental floss. Never use a metal, plastic, or sharp tool to remove a stuck object. If you are unable to remove the item with dental floss, give us a call.
When a tooth or teeth have been knocked out, it is important to keep and preserve each tooth and bring your child to our office as soon as possible.
A tooth must be kept moist in order to be preserved. If it is dirty, gently rinse it with warm water, and leave its tissue fragments in place. Once the tooth is clean, if at all possible, carefully try to insert the tooth back into the socket. If you are unable to do this, preserve the tooth in a Tooth Preservation Kit (coaches at sporting events sometimes have these available) or, place the tooth in the mouth next to the cheek, in milk or water with a bit of salt. After preserving the tooth, bring your child to our dental office as soon as possible. Within 15-20 minutes is ideal. Good preservation of the tooth will keep it viable for up to an hour or more. If you have access to a Tooth Preservation Kit, it will be viable to 24 hours.
Your school’s athletic program should also be using mouth protectors. Mouthguards can be custom fit at your dentist’s office or may be store bought. Encouraging your child’s school to have these tooth preservation kits available at all sporting events is important.
If your child has a very loose tooth, it should be removed to avoid being swallowed or inhaled.
If your child has a cracked or broken tooth, the first step is to locate any tooth fragments. Bring these with you to our office. After making sure there are no tooth fragments between the cheek and jaw, have your child rinse their mouth with warm water. We may be able to bond the fragment to the tooth if you get your child to our office as soon as possible.
Toothaches can range from minor irritations to true dental emergencies. First make sure any food that may be impacted is removed by gentle brushing or flossing, then have your child rinse with warm water. Mild pain can be treated with aspirin until you can get your child to our office. Bring them in as soon as possible.
Get your child to a hospital emergency room as soon as possible. A cold compress (Ice wrapped in a cloth) will help keep down the swelling.
In addition to teaching children about cavity protection, another area where children need guidance and routine protection is injury to a tooth or teeth. Knowing how to handle a dental emergency when a child’s tooth or teeth have been knocked out, cracked, or broken could play an important role in ultimately saving the tooth or teeth. You can help your child avoid dental emergencies with a few extra safety tips:
- Don’t let your child chew on ice, popcorn kernels, hard, chewy, sticky candy, or other hard foods.
- Child-proof your house to avoid falls.
- Always have your child wear a mouthguard when playing contact sports. Ask us about creating a custom-fitted mouthguard for your child.
- Always use car seats for young children and require seatbelts for older children.
- Prevent toothaches with regular brushing and flossing two times a day, and visits to our office
For any questions about our pediatric dental services, or to schedule an appointment, please call Bensalem Pediatric Dentistry today at 215-752-4514. We are happy to answer any questions you may have and look forward to caring for your child.