At Ballard Neighborhood Dentist, kids dentistry is about more than bright, healthy smiles. Dr. Shane SIdhu wants to make sure your child’s visit is free of anxiety and fun. He always takes the extra time to earn both you and your child’s trust and make sure each visit to our Ballard neighborhood dental practice is a calm, fun experience.
Our Seattle dental team encourages you and your child to ask questions and are always happy to address any concerns you have as a parent. If your child is anxious, ask Dr. Sidhu about our sedation dentistry options that could make their dental appointment more relaxing.
Your Child’s First Visit To The Dentist
Dr. Sidhu understands that you want the best for your child. At Ballard Neighborhood Dentist in Seattle, we focus on providing the highest quality kids dental care possible. It’s completely normal for a child to be unsure or nervous about their first dental visit, but in our comfortable local Ballard dental practice, they don’t have to be! Our dental office is designed to make your child comfortable and excited to visit the dentist.
Regular Kids Dental Checkups
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentists (AAPD) advises that children be seen for a checkup every 6 months. These visits allow Dr. Sidhu and our Ballard dental team closely monitor new changes in your child’s mouth and ensure that you, as a parent, have the information you need to promote continued oral health in your child.
Dr. Sidhu may suggest additional checkups if your child is more susceptible to cavities, or if your child is showing signs of orthodontic problems.
Dental fluoride treatments are safe and effective in decreasing the amount of cavities in children. Dr. Sidhu often recommends fluoride treatments along with dental sealants to protect your child’s teeth. Fluoride acts as a shield for the tooth’s outer enamel and can actually reverse early dental decay in some children.
Baby teeth are not as strong as adult teeth. If your child’s tooth suffers a large cavity, the bacteria can damage the pulp inside the tooth, causing pain and inflammation.
When the soft tissue inside the pulp chamber becomes infected or inflamed, Dr. Sidhu might recommend a pulpotomy. Instead of removing the entire tooth, Dr. Sidhu will put a medicated filling into the pulp chamber to try to keep the remaining pulp inside the tooth alive and healthy.
Composite Dental Fillings
Treatment for cavities in children depends on how severe the decay is as well as each child’s age and risk of future cavities. At Ballard Neighborhood Dentist, we typically treat cavities with discreet, effective tooth-colored, composite fillings.
Protective Dental Sealants
Protective dental sealants are thin coats of plastic painted onto your child’s back teeth to protect their deep grooves and depressions from accumulating bacteria and food particles. Studies show that 88% of cavities in American school-aged children are caused by food and bacteria being caught in rear molars.
At Ballard Neighborhood Dentist, we typically apply a protective sealant to your child’s back teeth, premolars and molars. The sealant will last for several years, but we will continue to check it during your child’s regular dental appointments.
Dental crowns are tooth-shaped coverings cemented to a badly damaged tooth to restore the shape and functionality of the tooth. Dr. Sidhu may recommend a crown for your child’s tooth if it has a large cavity, was broken or chipped due to trauma, or if the tooth hasn’t developed correctly.
Gentle Tooth Extractions
Unfortunately, sometimes a child’s tooth may be too badly decayed to save. In this case, Dr. Sidhu will perform an extraction. An extraction may also be recommended if your child’s damaged tooth is severely fractured or is crowding other healthy teeth.
If your child is anxious, has special needs, or just needs extra help staying calm and comfortable, Dr. Sidhu may recommend nitrous oxide. Also known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is a completely safe way to help children receive the dental care they need without anxiety or fear.
Once the dental treatment is over, the gas will be completely out of their system after just a few minutes. Nitrous oxide is widely considered to be low risk. At Ballard Neighborhood Dentist, our goal is to always care for your child’s dental health in the safest way possible.
Not all wisdom teeth need to be extracted – but some do. In many situations, it’s best to pull the wisdom teeth before they jeopardize your smile as a whole. If your child’s wisdom tooth growth can cause damage to neighboring teeth, or cannot fully erupt, Dr. Sidhu may consider extraction. At the earliest, wisdom teeth are removed in the mid-teen years, but 3rd molars often do not finish developing until closer to about 30 years of age.
Is your child due for a preventive kids dental checkup? Give Ballard Neighborhood Dentist a call to schedule their appointment with Dr. Shane Sidhu and our Seattle dental team today!