At EPAD, we are committed to providing your child with caring, compassionate dental care. Our dental office specializes in children’s dentistry, and focuses on creating a welcoming, fun environment for children and families. Our dentists and dental staff understand the importance of helping young patients develop positive associations with dental care and oral health. We work to make our services fun and around proud to serve patients from Exton, PA and surrounding communities. Our goal is to help our patients develop 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 and dentists are focused on the oral hygiene of every patient. Oral hygiene involves the keeping the mouth clean to help prevent the development of cavities, periodontitis, gingivitis, and other dental disorders. In addition, it also helps fight bad breath!
Our office utilizes both dental sealants and fluoride treatments to help prevent cavities. We work 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.
Our office is proud to provide this technology to our patients. Unlike traditional x-rays which use a dark room, digital x-rays produce higher quality images, emit 90% less radiation, and can be more comfortable for the patient than traditional films. Digital x-rays are sent electronically to a computer, where the image can easily be stored, viewed, sent or printed.
Tooth colored or composite fillings have replaced silver restorations over the past few years. This restoration option results in a completely natural looking smile. Composite fillings are a lot less noticeable than other types of fillings, which allows your child to smile with confidence.
Exton Pediatric & Adolescent Dentistry is 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.
The dentists at Exton Pediatric & Adolescent 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.
Sleep Dentistry may be an appropriate treatment option for children with special needs, such as a physical or mental handicap or serious dental phobias. In addition, it may be a successful treatment route for sick children with a high risk of developing complications. Treatment is completed in a hospital-like setting under general anesthesia.
Please contact our office to discuss if your sleep dentistry is right for your child and to schedule an evaluation.
Dental sealants are an important preventive measure. They are recommended to help preserve your child’s teeth and prevent decay on their permanent molars. Made out of clear, plastic resin that is applied to the surface of a tooth, dental sealants acts as a barrier and protect the tooth from bacteria and food. Without sealants, food and bacteria can build up in deep crevices and cause tooth decay.
Naturally present in almost all food and water supplies, fluoride is a great agent used to help prevent tooth decay. For over 50 years, the benefits of using fluoride have been known, and its use is supported by many professional and health organizations.
We consider a number of factors when recommending a fluoride treatment. These include a patient’s age, their risk for dental decay, and the specific liquids they drink. An analysis of water may need to be considered to ensure your child is receiving the right amount of fluoride. 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.
Nitrous Oxide is also known as laughing gas and is typically recommended for operative appointments. The gas is administered through a flavored mouthpiece and allows the patients to remain conscious and responsive throughout the procedure. This treatment option can help eliminate nervousness and worry associated with dental procedures.
Both medical and dental professionals consider this type of sedation to be safe for patients of all ages. It is completely non-addictive and is one of the safest sedatives used in dentistry. Nitrous oxide is quickly eliminated from the body through normal breathing.
It is important to catch and address orthodontic problems early on. If your child is facing any developing orthodontic problems, our dentists will advise you. If necessary, we will refer you to an orthodontic specialist.
For children and pre-teens, orthodontic treatments are generally shorter, 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, lips, and jaws. In addition, it can help aid in preventing physical health issues, including bone destruction, tooth decay, gum disease, and chewing difficulties.
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 Exton Pediatric & Adolescent Dentistry today at 610-363-8872. We are happy to answer any questions you may have and look forward to caring for your child.