Dentistry For Kids
Our practice is known for it's success with children of all ages. While not a pediatric dentist, Dr. Lieblich has worked with thousands of kids and developed a particular talent and love of treating children.
Can parents come into the operatory with their children?
Absolutely! We welcome parents, siblings, and any family member who wants to watch into the treatment areas.
Will my child him cooperate?
We have success with 99% of the kids that come to see us. We have video glasses that they can wear during procedures. We have mirrors available in our treatment rooms, so that the kids can watch while we treat them. And, of course, we have plenty of prizes!
What should I know before bringing my child to the dentist?
It is best not to discuss "the shot" with your child at home prior to the appointment. Try to stay away from phrases like "It won't hurt," as kids figure out right away that there may be something to be worried about. After all, no one ever says "It won't hurt" on the way to the ice cream store!
What procedures do you do on kids?
We do routine cleanings and evaluations. When necessary we do fillings and crowns, extractions and space maintainers. Sometimes we have to remove the nerve in a baby tooth when a cavity becomes very large. This is called a pulpotomy. It is not like a root canal on an adult tooth, but rather like an extra step in a filling procedure. To the child, this will feel just like a regular filling procedure and will be painless.
What are sealants?
We recommend sealants be placed on all permanent molars. Sealants are like a smooth coating that is placed over the grooves in a tooth a to prevent cavities. We charge only one time per tooth for this procedure and at every recall visit we check to make sure that every tooth that has been sealed still has a complete sealant.
Do you have to fill cavities in baby teeth?
Yes. A child's back teeth can remain in the mouth until age 12 or even 13. Kids need their teeth to smile, chew and swallow properly, to develop normal speech, and also to hold the space for the permanent teeth so that they grow in correctly. For these reasons, it is very important to retain baby teeth for as long as they are needed. Therefore, if a baby tooth has a cavity, we try to fill it and hang onto the tooth until the permanent tooth is ready to grow in.
At what age does a child need to see the dentist?
We have treated children as young as 18 months, but we usually start seeing kids at age 3. If a parent has concerns about a child's teeth before age 3, we are more than happy to see the child.
When should I start brushing my child's teeth?
As soon as your child has teeth to brush! Keeping teeth clean as soon as they enter the mouth can prevent harmful cavities and help to establish good habits in children from an early age.
Please call us if you have any other questions! When it comes to your kids, there is no question too big or small.