Finding "children's dentist Puyallup" on the Internet should bring you to Kid's Choice Dental in four locations in King and Pierce counties. Taking care of your child's teeth is vital so they can have healthy and happy smiles as they reach adulthood. It's also important because treating minor problems early prevents them from becoming major issues later on.

But what does it mean to be a pediatric dentist and why are pediatric dentists the best choice to provide care for your child's teeth?

What Is A Children's Dentist?

A children's dentist is a pediatric dentist. A pediatric dentist specializes in treating children, including diagnosis, prevention, and correction. At Kid's Choice Dental, our pediatric dentists have years of experience treating children. There's nothing we are more passionate about than seeing a child go home with a healthy smile. A healthy smile gives children confidence.

Pediatric Dentist vs General Dentist

While pediatric dentists and general dentists both attend and graduate from dental school, pediatric dentistry is specifically geared toward children. Pediatric dentists have a deeper understanding of child psychology and development. In addition, pediatric dentists offer an environment that appeals to children and keeps them calm.

Part of this environment includes educating them about their teeth and dental care in a language they understand as well as employing the use of finger puppets and toys to hold their attention and make their visit a positive experience.

When Should I Bring My Child To The Pediatric Dentist?

Your child's first tooth should erupt around 6 months after birth. Once you see the first tooth, it's the perfect time to make an appointment with Kid's Choice Dental so our pediatric dentists can check the tooth to make sure it is healthy and developing correctly. After that, regular appointments every six months are just fine.

Our Services

Kid's Choice Dental offers a variety of services to provide the best care possible to our patients.

Preventative dentistry includes teeth cleanings, which should occur every six months to remove plaque from harder to clean areas of the teeth. Our pediatric dentists will also conduct a thorough exam of your child's teeth and may order digital x-rays or other types of images of your child's teeth if necessary. Exams and cleanings are the best way to prevent dental problems or spot them early.

At some point, all kids will develop a cavity. This is usually where fear of the dentist occurs, but the good news is that Kid's Choice Dental offers an alternative way to treat cavities without drilling and filling. If your child has a small cavity and is a good candidate for the treatment, we can use a special anti-microbial liquid that stops tooth decay and prevents new decay. All we have to do is brush it on, so there's no pain, no shots, and no drilling.

Every child deserves a happy and healthy smile. And sometimes that requires restorative dentistry to provide baby crowns, baby root canals, and tooth color restoration. Our team is highly qualified to treat a variety of problems. We will make your child as comfortable as possible every step of the way until their smile is fully restored.

If you have a special needs child, Kid's Choice Dental is fully prepared to welcome them with open arms and provide them with the dental care they need. We can accomodate just about any special needs a child may have, including lowering the lighting for light-sensitive children, reducing noise, or even providing a gentle touch to calm them. All we need is advance notice to prepare.

We provide dental care to special needs children, including those with autism, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, ADHD/ADD, Down Syndrome, ODD, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, vision and/or hearing impaired, sensitivity to light and sound, and bi-polar disorder.

There are some cases in which patients are difficult to keep still and calm during procedures. It's possible that we may need to sedate your child to safely continue treatment. Nitrous oxide is perfectly safe for children. We will never sedate your child without your consent. You can also ask about and request alternative sedation methods.

When it comes to children, there's always the possibility that they will have a dental emergency whether it's a knocked-out or broken tooth, an infection, painful toothache, or some other kind of problem that needs immediate treatment. Kid's Choice Dental stands ready to provide emergency service.

Our Technology

Kid's Choice Dental uses state-of-the-art technology to provide the best treatment possible to our patients. We use low radiation digital x-rays and 3D impressions to give your child additional comfort during their appointment. Going to the dentist should be a positive experience.

Children's Dentist Puyallup Cost

The cost of treatment varies patient to patient depending on what kind of treatment they need. For example, a simple cleaning will cost less than a baby root canal or crown procedure. Kid's Choice Dental will work with you to make treatment as affordable as possible. Dental insurance also usually covers many of the procedures we offer and we will gladly file insurance claims on your behalf.

Don't let cost prevent your child from getting the dental care they need. Treating problems early prevents them from becoming major and more expensive problems later on.

Contact Kid's Choice Dental Today!

Kid's Choice Dental is dedicated to providing the best care to children possible. With offices in Tacoma, Puyallup, Southcenter, and Federal Way in King and Pierce counties, parents can choose the location that is most convenient for them. The important thing is that your child is getting the dental care they need so they can have a healthy and happy smile that will last a lifetime.

Going to the dentist should not be a scary experience. Our goal is to make dentistry fun and to help children develop excellent oral hygiene habits. To make an appointment or to learn more, call us at 253-848-7000 today!

Pregnancy is stressful on the body, and that includes oral health. You may not necessarily think about oral health and pregnancy as having a connection, but both have an effect on each other that expecting mothers need to pay attention to in order to keep themselves and their babies safe. Kid's Choice Dental in King County wants to help.

How Can Pregnancy Affect My Oral Health?

Pregnancy affects the entire body, including oral health. Rapidly changing hormones, food cravings, and other changes over the next nine months can have a significant impact on your teeth. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), pregnancy increases a woman's risk of developing cavities and pregnant women are up to 75 percent more likely to develop periodontal disease, also known as gum disease. Both of these problems threaten the health of the expecting mother and the baby.

Gum Disease And Pregnancy

Gum disease is a serious condition that needs immediate treatment, especially if you are pregnant. You may notice your gums are red and swollen. The gums may even be bleeding. Hormones only aggravate the problem further. And it doesn't just impact your health, but the health of your baby as well. Gum disease can result in loose teeth that can fall out. It can also cause bone loss in your jaw. The worst problem is a potential infection that can result in all sorts of health problems, including heart health.

Gum disease is also associated with poor pregnancy outcomes, including miscarriage or stillbirth, and low birth weights. If you have gum disease, seek treatment right away.

Cavities And Pregnancy

A cavity may seem like no big deal, but it can be a major problem for pregnant women that can impact their children later on. Pregnant women have a higher risk of cavities. In fact, 25 percent of pregnant women have an untreated cavity. The risk is higher because pregnant women often crave food, including sugary foods that cause the growth of harmful bacteria that can be passed from mother to child after birth.

Children are more susceptible to cavities themselves if their mothers have untreated cavities, resulting in other health risks and financial costs.

Don't ignore your cavity, even if you're not pregnant. Seek treatment to prevent tooth decay, tooth loss, and potential infection.

What If I Need Braces During Pregnancy?

It's not uncommon for pregnant women to get braces treatment during their pregnancy. The best time to get braces during pregnancy is after the first trimester so expecting mothers have time to adjust to their pregnancy before they need to adjust to braces. Morning sickness is also more prevalent during the first trimester, which means stomach acid could damage the braces in addition to your teeth.

You should avoid waiting until nearer the time you give birth or just after to get braces as adjustment will be more difficult with a new baby. Please be aware that there are dietary restrictions with braces so your pregnancy diet will have to adjust. Ask your orthodontist if Invisalign may be a better option for you since clear removable aligners feature little to no change to your lifestyle.

Will Medications Interfere With My Pregnancy?

Medications, including numbing medications, are safe for you and your baby. Your orthodontist should not have to prescribe medications either. But anti-biotics and over-the-counter pain medications may be necessary to alleviate pain, decrease inflammation, and fight infection. These are safe as well under your doctor's supervision.

Do I Need To Tell My Orthodontist That I'm Pregnant?

It's important to let your dentist or orthodontist know that you are pregnant for several reasons. Pregnant women are more at risk of dental problems such as previously mentioned gum disease and cavities. Therefore, your orthodontist or dentist may want you to schedule additional check-ups to assess your oral health during the pregnancy. Your dentist also needs to know that you are pregnant because of x-rays. While x-rays are generally safe for pregnant women and their babies, you or your dentist may elect to use an alternative imaging method.

Does Pregnancy Affect My Teeth In Other Ways?

Pregnancy hormones can cause your teeth to be looser, but this is not something to worry about unless you have accompanying signs of gum disease. Just be careful about what you eat. You may also notice swelling and inflammation that is not related to gum disease. It's even possible you will develop a kind of swelling between your teeth known as a pregnancy tumor, which is only temporary and is not a threat to you or your baby.

Does Morning Sickness Increase My Oral Health Risks?

Yes, morning sickness does increase risks to your oral health. Stomach acid on the teeth can damage tooth enamel over time, making them vulnerable to bacteria that cause cavities. Untreated cavities can result in tooth loss and infection, which can spread to your baby if it is serious enough.

How Can I Maintain Good Oral Health During Pregnancy?

The risks to your oral health during pregnancy mean you should take extra care of your teeth and gums during this time. Brush and rinse more often, especially after a bout of morning sickness. This will remove any stomach acid from your teeth before it has time to damage your tooth enamel too much. This should include flossing between your teeth as well since those parts of your teeth are more difficult to clean with brushing and rinsing alone.

Try to eat a healthy diet by limiting sugary foods and drinks as much as you reasonably can. We understand that pregnancy cravings may make this difficult. Just be sure to clean your teeth after eating and snacking. Other than that, schedule regular dental appointments and teeth cleanings.

Contact Kid's Choice Dental Today!

Pregnancy is supposed to be a joyous time for an expecting mother. It's hard enough to go through all these changes over nine months without adding dental problems to the equation. Kid's Choice Dental is here for expecting mothers and would love to be there for your children when their first teeth erupt. We proudly serve Pierce and King counties in Washington state. To make an appointment or to learn more, call our office at 253-848-7000 today!

Taking care of a new child is hard enough without having to worry about what to avoid when your child is teething. But Kid's Choice Dental wants parents to realize that they will get through this phase of their child's life, and all the frustration and waiting will be worth it.

What is teething?

At around six months of age, a baby's first teeth should begin erupting. This process is known as teething. During this time, babies will experience much discomfort, while parents will typically feel powerless and frustrated because they may not understand what's going on or how to soothe their baby. Teething can begin sooner or later than six months, but the feelings a parent has while watching their child go through this change are the same.

What are the signs of teething?

If you notice the following changes in the behavior of your baby, it's possible they are teething.

Crying does not necessarily mean your baby is teething, but it's the most common sign that something is wrong. Babies can't verbalize their pain through words, so they cry. Teething puts pressure on the baby's gums in the weeks leading up to the first tooth eruption, which means crying is usually worse than normal.

In an attempt to counter the pain and pressure, your baby will begin biting and chewing objects. This particular behavior is important for parents to watch carefully so your baby does not stick something in their mouth that they shouldn't.

Another sign of teething is excessive drooling, which can also cause a rash of the neck, chin, and mouth if parents neglect to regularly wipe it up. Failure to do so will also make teething a more uncomfortable experience.

If your baby is refusing to eat, they are either not hungry or their teething pain is making eating difficult. This can be a particularly alarming change if your baby eats regularly, but it's completely normal.

Unfortunately, teething is a reason why new parents don't get much sleep. The pressure and discomfort from teething don't just occur during the day and stop at bedtime, it lasts through the nights as well.

Pulling on their ears and rubbing their cheeks are also major signs of teething, but they can also signal possible infection, so parents should monitor this behavior and take their baby to the doctor if the behavior lasts more than a few days.

How long does teething last?

Teething is a process that doesn't just take a day or two to play out. Your child will have a full set of baby teeth around the age of two or three. That means teething will last that long, but the end result is your child's full smile.

What can I do to relieve my baby's teething pain?

Naturally, parents want to do whatever they can to relieve their child's pain, even take it on themselves if they could. But that's not possible. What is possible is that parents have several options available to try in an effort to make their baby as comfortable as possible during this time.

A cool teething ring gives your baby an object to bite on that has a cooling effect that will reduce pain and swelling. A cool spoon also works.

Massaging your baby's gums with a clean finger can also reduce discomfort, and lets your baby know that you are there for them.

A cold washcloth can take the place of a teething ring in a pinch.

Sometimes, even adults need white noise to fall asleep. If it can work for you, why not your baby? It may not work every time or at all, but it's worth a try.

Excessive drool can make teething worse by causing a rash. Wiping it away will prevent this.

Always check with your doctor or dentist before giving your baby pain medication. That being said, there are over-the-counter pain medications specifically for infants.

What to avoid when your child is teething?

Using effective remedies won't provide much relief unless you avoid certain foods and products as well.

Foods to Avoid

Remedies to Avoid

Parents understandably want to do anything they can to soothe their baby's pain, but that doesn't mean trying just anything. Keeping your baby safe and healthy is your first priority. Using risky products out of desperation will only hurt your child while teething itself is normal and does not pose a health or safety risk in general. We promise that you and your baby will get through this difficult time. Teething will end.

When should I take my child to the dentist?

You would usually take your child to their first dental appointment after the eruption of the first tooth. However,  if you believe your baby is experiencing worse teething symptoms than normal or you suspect an infection, see your dentist earlier.

Contact Kid's Choice Dental Today

Kid's Choice Dental proudly serves King County, Pierce County, and surrounding areas in Washington. Providing dental care to children is our specialty and we are ready to help you learn what to avoid when your child is teething. We use state-of-the-art technology and the most modern techniques to provide the best care possible. To make an appointment, contact our office by calling 253-848-7000 or visit our website today!

There is nothing more precious than a smiling child. That's why parents should do everything they can to ensure their child's teeth are healthy. You may notice that your child's baby teeth are coming in crooked. Before you panic, it's important to remember that baby teeth are placeholders for permanent teeth.

In fact, crooked baby teeth are normal under most circumstances. However, it's important to monitor your child's baby teeth because crookedness can be a sign of some serious dental problems. The good news is that parents can prevent their child's baby teeth from coming in crooked.

Types of Crookedness

As the baby teeth begin to appear, they can grow in at a V-shape, especially the bottom teeth. This is not something to really worry about as it should correct itself as development continues.

Your child's teeth may not have enough space to grow straight. It's not a concern with baby teeth but could be a sign of crowding in permanent teeth as they begin to erupt.

If your child's baby teeth are coming in crooked at an angle or slant, your child is really no different than other children because this is normal.

Why your child's baby teeth are coming in crooked?

Again, crooked baby teeth are generally normal, but there are several reasons why teeth can come in crooked beyond normal development.

Baby teeth usually have small gaps between them, but teeth that are too small to fill the space have more room to move into more crooked positions.

Your child may have inherited genetic traits resulting in smaller teeth or a misaligned jaw that could be causing crookedness.

Sucking on the thumb or a pacifier over a long period of time puts constant pressure on the gums, which can cause baby teeth to grow outwards.

Your child's tongue could be pressing against their teeth, which will move them over time. This can particularly result in an overbite.

Poor nutrition can result in weaker teeth that are easier to shift into a crooked position.

Failure to practice proper daily oral hygiene can result in the development of gum disease that can cause teeth to loosen and shift.

Will crooked baby teeth straighten out?

Crooked baby teeth are generally normal and will likely straighten out on their own. Your child's teeth and jaw are still developing, and teeth need time to move into the correct position. Be patient, but if you have concerns feel free to talk to your family dentist. Regular visits to your dentist can not only quell your fears but can also detect real problems early.

Will crooked baby teeth result in crooked permanent teeth?

Your child should have a set of 20 baby teeth by the time they reach the age of 3. It's perfectly understandable to have concerns about those baby teeth being crooked even though it is not unusual. Naturally, you may worry about crooked baby teeth having an effect on the development of your child's permanent teeth.

How your child's adult teeth will come in is unpredictable although there is a general timetable for which baby teeth should fall out and when. However, it is possible for baby teeth to have an impact on permanent teeth.

For instance, early baby tooth loss can result in crooked adult teeth because other teeth shift into the open space, therefore crowding the area a permanent tooth is supposed to come in.

A stubborn baby tooth that doesn't fall out may cause a permanent tooth to come in at an angle.

However, crooked baby teeth should not interfere with the eruption of permanent teeth, though parents really should not expect those adult teeth to be perfectly straight either. Your child's permanent teeth will erupt and grow in time. And if there are crookedness issues to deal with, there are several options available such as braces or Invisalign® to fix them.

How can I prevent my child's baby teeth from getting crooked?

If genetics is the reason why your child's baby teeth are coming in crooked, there isn't very much you can do about it beyond keeping a close eye on development. However, there are ways to prevent other causes of crooked teeth.

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Your child's smile will change a lot over the years from the eruption of the first tooth at around six months to the last permanent tooth by the time they reach adulthood. Keeping your child's smile healthy is a daily battle but is well worth the effort. If you are worried about your child's teeth, it means you care. That's a great first step.

But parents are not alone. Seeking the advice and care of a qualified pediatric dental or orthodontic professional gives parents the help they need to make sure their child has and maintains a healthy smile for a lifetime.

Kid's Choice Dental specializes in pediatric dentistry and orthodontics. We serve locations in King County and Pierce County in Washington. Our staff is dedicated to caring for children's smiles, and we have experience caring for special needs children as well.

If you are looking for a dentist for your child, please call us at 253-848-7000 or visit our website to schedule an appointment today! It's never too early to start caring for your child's smile.

From the eruption of your child's first tooth, they will need dental services.  Children with special needs especially must see the dentist in order to prevent serious problems. While taking your special needs child to the dentist may be a frustrating task, there is a pediatric dentist for special needs children right here at Kid's Choice Dental in several locations in King County and Pierce County.

What is special needs dentistry?

A pediatric dentist for special needs children has special training to treat patients who require additional care, patience, and compassion as part of their treatment. While most patients can handle going to the dentist, some patients may have severe anxiety or cognitive and physical issues that demand special requirements for dental care.

Special needs children often suffer more dental problems than the general population, putting them at higher risk of cavities, tooth decay, broken teeth, and gum disease. Practicing routine oral health care at home is more challenging and visits to the dentist's office are more traumatic. After all, it's a strange location with new sounds, sights, and smells, as well as unfamiliar people.

Here at Kid's Choice Dental, we are sensitive to the needs of your child and can provide care for a wide range of special needs children including those with:

Oral Health Issues Special Needs Children Face

We take all of these issues seriously and we have the training and the experience to make your special needs child as comfortable as possible so they can receive the best treatment possible during your visit.

How does Kid's Choice accommodate special needs children?

Techniques and Technology We Use For Special Needs Children

Not only do we create a warm and welcoming environment for special needs children, but we also work to educate and support parents as they do their best to provide dental care at home. We can teach you strategies to care for your special needs child's teeth in order to reduce the difficulty and/or frustration.

Part of our effort to provide the best oral health care to your special needs child is using state-of-the-art technology including low radiation digital x-rays and 3D impressions.

What to Expect at the First Appointment

Is Nitrous Oxide Safe for Special Needs Children?

Nitrous oxide is just one method we can use to keep your child calm during a procedure. Special needs children who move around a lot or have serious behavioral issues may need to be administered nitrous oxide so we can properly examine and care for their teeth.

We administer nitrous oxide by placing a nose mask on your child and having them inhale the gas. Nitrous oxide is a safe and effective technique, including for autistic children. If your special needs child has any breathing problems, additional caution will be exercised or a different method will be used.

What can parents do to prepare?

The best way parents can prepare their child for a trip to the pediatric dentist for special needs is by visiting early and regularly. Generally, you should schedule the first dentist appointment after the first tooth erupts, usually around six months to a year after birth.

Bringing your child to the dentist early and regularly builds familiarity by exposing them to the sights, sounds, and smells around them, as well as the dental staff and tools.

If your child is older and you are seeking a new pediatric dentist for special needs, it will be even more of a challenge to build familiarity. However, parents can feel free to schedule a visit to tour our office prior to scheduling an appointment in an effort to make the child more comfortable with their new surroundings and our staff.

For even more convenience, parents can fill out necessary forms at home prior to the appointment and should make a list of medications their child takes and any questions they want to ask.

Pediatric Dentist for Special Needs Children in WA

Kid's Choice Dental serves various locations in King County and Pierce County. We are a pediatric dentist for special needs children with the experience, skills, and compassion necessary for providing the specialized and personalized care your child requires.

Every child deserves to be treated with dignity and respect regardless of whether they have special needs or not. So make an appointment with us by calling 253-848-7000 or by visiting our website today!

One of the worst things for a parent is to see our children in pain. When it comes to helping them with a dental emergency, you should not feel helpless. In fact, developing a plan before you need it is the best way to handle any dental emergency. Kid's Choice Dental is always here to help guide parents through everything regarding their children's teeth.

Let's start by talking about the things that are considered a dental emergency. The American Dental Association (ADA), describes emergencies as a dental situation that can be "...potentially life-threatening..." requiring immediate treatment.

Noticing When Your Child Is in Pain

Kids are great at hiding pain. The biggest reason is that they don't want to stop playing. As a parent, knowing what to look for is a great beginning. If your child has a toothache, they often don't know how to verbalize that. If you notice your child chewing oddly, being hesitant to eat, or shying away from cold favorites like a popsicle they may be experiencing dental pain.

As children lose their primary teeth, they may have some pain with a loose tooth, accompanied by slight bleeding. Although this is normal, it should not be ignored. By age seven, your child has probably cycled through all or most of their front primary teeth. As the adult teeth erupt they may have some pain. Using an oral analgesic gel normally provides relief. We find it helpful to have a mental chart of pain severity for judging when a child's pain warrants a trip to the dentist:

  1. Severe pain should never be ignored. Contact your dental care provider immediately.
  2. For a lost primary (baby) tooth, rinse the area. Make sure bleeding stops. Use a cold compress if there is lingering pain.
  3. For a lost adult tooth, please see the guide below.
  4. Loose primary teeth are normally not much of a concern. Loose adult teeth, especially in a child, can be a sign of more significant issues. Although not a complete emergency, this should receive quick treatment.
  5. Signs of an infection are always a matter of concern. Swollen cheeks, neck, tenderness in and around the mouth, or redness should all be treated as an emergency.
  6. Signs of bleeding from the gums while brushing could point to more significant problems. Please discuss this with your child's dentist.

Although not every problem is a potential emergency, parents should keep open communication with Kid's Choice Dental.

The Parent's Guide to Handling Almost Any Dental Emergency

While we can't predict every dental issue your children will have, we can cover the most common things we see. Using a simple rhyme to handle something you are unsure of can help guide you also.

When you are in doubt, make a call and check it out.

The staff at Kid's Choice Dental in Washington state is happy to assist you. We also have a chat feature on our website for quick questions.

Bleeding or Swollen Gums, Mouth, or Jaw

Parents should monitor bleeding gums. You should discuss bleeding or swollen gums with your child's dentist at their next routine appointment. This is generally not an emergency but can be a sign of other potential problems.

A swollen mouth or jaw is an emergency. Call the Kid's Choice office immediately. They may make a same-day appointment, make a referral, or instruct you to go to the local emergency room.

Unexplainable Toothache

Do not ignore a toothache, even if it seems minor. Children will not always tell you about tooth or mouth pain. If you notice them acting out of the ordinary while eating, talk to them. Make an appointment as soon as possible to have a dentist check the toothache.

Exposed Nerves

This is another thing that children may not know how to talk about. Be watchful. If you see your child wincing while eating a popsicle, check it out. What begins as a small twinge can quickly develop into extreme pain. This situation is a potential emergency.

Abscessed Tooth

Never ignore a potential abscess. Symptoms of an abscess include:

This is a dental emergency and should be treated by medical or dental personnel immediately.

Knocked-Out Tooth

When primary teeth get knocked out during rough play, most people don't worry much. But if your seven-year-old is playing Little League T-ball and forgets to use their baseball mitt their brand new front tooth may suffer. According to the American Association of Endodontists, the following emergency procedure should be followed:

  1. Find the tooth, being careful to handle it by the crown and not the root.
  2. Rinse the tooth with plain water. Do not scrub the tooth, use toothpaste, or soap.
  3. Replace the tooth into the empty socket if possible. DO NOT FORCE IT.
  4. Keep the tooth moist. If you were able to reinsert it, the mouth will keep it moist. If you could not reinsert the tooth, place it in a small, clean container with milk.
  5. Take your child to a dentist immediately. In many cases, if a child is seen by their dentist within 30 minutes a tooth that was knocked out can be saved.

Dealing with a knocked-out tooth can be one of the most harrowing experiences for a parent. It's no fun for the kid either. Remaining calm will help. We hope that the instructions above help you in dealing with this potential problem should it arise.

Food Stuck Between Teeth

Kids often have small gaps between their primary teeth. Food can get caught in these gaps. When these particles remain, they can cause decay and other problems for children. If your child has trouble brushing and flossing to remove food, try to help them. If you are not successful, please make an appointment.

Regular Dental Care is the Best Preventative

Beginning with your child's first tooth, they should have regular dental checkups and cleanings. As they grow, being comfortable in the dentist's office will make your job as a parent much easier. At Kid's Choice Dental, we understand kids. Call us at (253) 848-7000.

From their first tooth to their final wisdom tooth, we help kids and their parents with all things dental in a warm and inviting environment.

Mouth injuries resulting in a chipped tooth can be a traumatic event for your child. If any of the soft tissue of your child’s mouth is cut, there is often a lot of blood and panic, as well. Kid’s Choice Dental offers chipped tooth repair for kids, in addition to assistance with other dental emergencies or concerns. We specialize in helping children with dental anxiety and always make the effort to ensure your child’s dental experiences with us are positive.

Here's what you can do from home your kid chips a tooth

Understandably, you’re probably a little upset and your child is in pain which doesn’t help. First thing to do, take a deep breath. Attempt to calm your child so you can see how bad the injury is to the tooth and soft tissues. Once you’ve established the extent of the injury, call us immediately.

If there is bleeding from the soft tissues of the mouth, apply pressure and a cold compress to reduce swelling. Sucking on some ice may help with pain as well, but be careful of the tooth itself as it may be sensitive to cold. If the tooth itself is bleeding, apply pressure there as well using a gauze pad. Isolate any tooth fragments and save them in a small glass of milk. If your child is in pain, over the counter pain medication can help.

Chipped Tooth Repair for Kids in Seattle Washington

There are a few different ways the dentist can fix the tooth, but it will depend on the extent of the damage. The dentist may be able to bond the tooth fragments back onto the tooth if the chip is minor. Another option may be to fill the area of tooth enamel that is missing with a composite resin.

If the damage to the tooth is beyond what the dentist can fill, a crown or cap may be put into place to protect the tooth instead. Also, a veneer may be used if the damage is more severe than what a crown or cap can protect. The most drastic option would be a root canal. This would be a requirement if the root of the tooth is exposed, to better protect the root structure.

Kid’s Choice Dental - Pediatric Dentistry in Washington State

Kid’s Choice Dental offers a variety of services to address the repair of your child’s teeth in the event of an injury. Our kid-friendly office with our team of compassionate dental professionals will always do our best to repair your child’s smile. Contact us today for an appointment for chipped tooth repair in Seattle, King County, and Pierce County Washington.

Dental visits are often a source of anxiety for both children and adults. The American Dental Association has found that 22% of all adults avoid dental care due to fear of the dentist. Kids Choice Dental offers pediatric sedation dentistry for kids in Washington State. This allows for a more comfortable dental visit and helps to ease anxiety. The sedation we offer is mild and doesn’t typically put your child to sleep. We understand you may have some concerns, but sedation is very safe and we offer a few different options.

Oral Sedation

Oral sedation is a pill that is provided by your dentist. It helps ease anxiety and helps the child to relax. The patient often takes this pill prior to the beginning of the procedure.

Nitrous Oxide

Also known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is a gas that the patient inhales through a mask. It is a combination of oxygen and nitrous oxide. Nitrous oxide helps to reduce anxiety and keep your child calm. It works rather quickly, usually taking effect in only a few minutes. After the procedure’s completion, the dentist or his assistant will provide pure oxygen to remove any remaining nitrous oxide.

Intravenous Sedation

IV sedation delivers sedation medication directly to the vein by a needle. Usually the needle is inserted into the back of the hand. The patient is typically unaware of the procedure and will not remember much of the dental work done. After the procedure your child may still be a little sleepy and unsteady.

Prior to Sedation

Preparing your child for the best experience at the dental office is important. There are a few things you can do to ensure the best outcome:

  1. Solid food should be avoided a few hours before sedation. Follow your dentist’s guideline if provided.
  2. Make sure your child is wearing comfortable clothing.
  3. Advise the dentist of any prescription or over the counter medication your child takes.
  4. Provide your child with a comfort item, whether a favorite toy or small blanket.

After Care Instructions

After your child’s procedure, there may be some grogginess, nausea, loss of coordination, and even some giggling. All of this is a normal side effect of sedation. You child may need some time to rest and some aftercare is recommended.

  1. Keep an eye on your child and monitor them closely.
  2. If your child’s mouth is sore, offer soft and/or cold foods. Avoid providing hot food.
  3. Provide plenty of fluids and keep them hydrated.
  4. An ice-pack will help with any swelling.

Sedation Dentistry for Kids in Washington State

Kid’s Choice Dental can administer dental sedation safely. We are available to discuss the available options and which would be right for your child. Our practice will always attempt to make sure your children are comfortable while in our care. Pediatric dental sedation in Seattle and Washington State is but one option we utilize to make our procedures less scary and allow your child to be more relaxed. Contact us today to discuss sedation options.

While most children lose their baby naturally between the ages of 5-11, there are some occasions when tooth extractions for kids in Seattle, Pierce & King Counties WA become necessary. A tooth extraction is typically a simple procedure that Kid’s Choice Dental has the experience to handle. Our team will also do our best to make this scary procedure more comfortable and less stressful. There are a variety of reasons why we may recommend a tooth extraction in Seattle, Pierce & King Counties WA, and we will discuss them with you beforehand.

Reasons for Kids Tooth Extractions in in Seattle, Pierce & King Counties WA

Some reasons for extraction include damage caused by decay, injury or trauma. Additionally, if the baby teeth are delayed in coming out, they may crowd the adult teeth which can cause expensive orthodontic treatment in the future. Also, some teeth may need to be removed to assist in orthodontic treatment because the mouth is too crowded.

Process of Tooth Extraction

Tooth extractions for kids are simpler than for adults. There are often fewer complications and the procedure is fairly straightforward. The first step is an x-ray to determine the root structure of the tooth and bone condition. Most extractions only require a local anesthetic, but for more anxious patients, sedation is an option. The patient may also need sedation if the extraction also requires the removal of gum tissue. The dentist will use dental forceps to grip the tooth and move it within the socket using rotation to help separate the periodontal ligaments which connect the tooth to the jawbone. The dentist will then remove the tooth.

Tooth Extraction Aftercare

After the extraction, some bleeding is normal. The dentist will apply sterile cotton gauze to the empty socket once the tooth is gone. The dentist may have had to apply some stitches to help the area to heal. A protective clot will form and it is vital that you keep it in place. If the clot comes off, dry socket will develop. It is extremely painful and exposes the bone underneath to food, liquids, and air. An infection could develop as well.

To help the protective clot develop, avoid rinsing during the 24 hours following the procedure. Afterwards, you should rinse with salt water to help decrease pain and keep the area clean. Give your child acetaminophen, ibuprofen, or a combination of both, to assist with pain following your dentist’s guidelines. Additionally, a cold compress can help reduce swelling. If your child develops a fever or excessive swelling, contact your dentist immediately. These may be signs of infection, and the dentist will prescribe antibiotics if necessary.

Your child should only eat soft foods for the first couple of days following the procedure. Avoid crunchy and hard food for a week minimum is important as they can dislodge the clot. Also, avoid using straws, as the sucking motion can also dislodge the protective clot. Making sure your child drinks plenty of water which helps the area remain clean and ensures they are hydrated.

Kid’s Choice Dental in Washington State

Tooth extractions for kids in Washington State are fairly common and in most cases, a simple procedure. Having a pediatric dentist perform the extraction often alleviates the concerns of many parents. Our pediatric dentists in Seattle, Pierce & King Counties WA have additional training in handling younger patients and their unique dental structures. Kid’s Choice Dental is one of the best in the area and a knowledgeable resource in keeping your child’s smile healthy. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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