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complete dental services at Super Kids Austin

Complete Dental Services

We strive to provide the highest quality of dental care to each one of our Super Kids Austin patients. That’s why we offer specialized, complete dental services from infancy to the teen years. Expand each topic below to learn more. Our team is always happy to answer your questions about any service we provide. We want our patients and families to be comfortable and confident in the care we give.

Sealants

Molars and premolars are especially vulnerable to decay because of their deep grooves or “fissures.” Sealing the tops of these teeth can help prevent cavities from forming. Sealant application is a quick and painless procedure. First, Dr. Asha cleans and dries the tooth. Then, she applies a gel to prepare the tooth for bonding with the sealant. Then she applies the sealant to the grooves of the tooth and uses a special blue light to harden it. Sealants protect the teeth for years to come!

Fluoride Treatments

Topical fluoride treatment is an important defense against acid that weakens tooth enamel. Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that works like a shield and can help rebuild early signs of tooth decay.

We use a quick, brush-on fluoride varnish. After the application, we ask your child not to eat or drink for at least 30 minutes to allow the fluoride to fully absorb and form a protective barrier.

Silver Diamine Fluoride

We also offer Silver Diamine Fluoride, which is a more powerful way to defend enamel that is already showing signs of decay. It might also be an option for young children who aren’t ready to have fillings. SDF therapy may delay the need for fillings. Read more about SDF in our blog post.

Restorative Treatments

Fillings

When a tooth has significant decay, we need to fill the cavity to prevent further damage and infection. Silver Diamine Fluoride is one option to delay the need for some fillings, however depending on the size and location, some do need to be filled right away. Cavities can occur on top of, in between, or inside teeth. A digital x-ray will help us to determine the best treatment option. Very large cavities may need dental crowns to stabilize the tooth.

Crowns

In the case of extensive decay that threatens the health of the tooth, a stainless steel crown can be applied over the cap of the tooth. Crowns are an excellent option because they offer full coverage protection that’s durable. After removing tooth decay, the dentist will fit and cement a prefabricated crown over the tooth.

Pulp Therapy

A pulpotomy is a procedure used if a tooth’s pulp is badly decayed or infected. During this therapy, the dentist removes a portion of the pulp, medicates the inside of the tooth, and seals it.

Sedation

We offer a variety of sedation services to meet the individual needs of our patients. Depending on your child’s age and the procedures needed, we may recommend different techniques. If we feel that a patient is unable to have services without some type of assistance, we will discuss options with the parent or caregiver present to find the best solution.

Some sedation techniques we offer include:

Nitrous Oxide

Also known as “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide helps children remain calm. The patient breathes through a mask and within minutes feels relaxed. At the end of the procedure, we give pure oxygen to clear out any remaining nitrous oxide.

Oral Sedation

Dr. Asha is specially trained in administering sedation medication for children. After careful consultation and full medical history, the patient takes a liquid or sublingual dose of medicine that causes conscience relaxation. The child’s vital signs are monitored throughout the procedure and the effects of the drug wear off completely within hours.

IV Sedation

In some cases, full sedation at a hospital is required. This is usually reserved for cases with very young or very apprehensive children who require extensive treatment. We will discuss this and all other options with you thoroughly. We know this is a big decision for families, and we do everything possible to avoid full sedation for children.

Frenectomy

When babies have extra connective tissue between the top gum and lip or under the tongue, it can cause problems with breastfeeding. Later, problems can arise with eating, speaking, and even breathing. A procedure called a frenectomy can correct the problem by releasing the lip or tongue tie. Dr. Asha is specially trained in diagnosing and treating oral tissue ties. If you think your child may have a lip or tongue tie, please contact us to set up a consultation.

Invisible Aligners to Straighten Teeth

We are thrilled to offer this affordable method of straightening teeth. NoviClear Aligners are custom-made for each individual patient. A series of invisible aligners will gradually move teeth into place without the need for metal brackets and wires. Schedule a consultation to see if clear aligners are right for your teen.

 

Mouthguards

Athletes who participate in most contact sports like football, soccer, or basketball should consider a custom mouthguard to protect their teeth. Unlike the store-bought kind, custom mouthguards fit the unique mouth of the wearer. Also, they are more comfortable so they have a better chance of actually being worn.

At Super Kids Austin we can create a custom mouthguard to protect your child’s teeth. First, we do an exam and take impressions of the teeth. Then, we make the mouthguard that’s designed to protect teeth from injury. Should your child use a mouthguard?

X-Ray Imaging

 
Dental x-rays use a tiny amount of radiation to get images of teeth, bones, and soft tissue of the mouth. These pictures help the dentist diagnose problems like decay between teeth, overcrowding, and dental injuries. We don’t take x-rays of every child at every appointment. We only use x-ray when it’s needed to determine the extent of a problem or to monitor growth.

Digital Radiography

At Super Kids Austin, we use all digital x-ray machines. Digital technology provides us with instant, clear images of your child’s teeth and jaw so that we can make the most accurate diagnosis and decide on the best treatment together.

There are three different types of x-rays we may need.

Bitewing X-ray

  • Shows a tooth from top to the bone.
  • Used to detect decay between teeth or changes in bone density.
  • Used to check the fit of dental crowns or restorations and the integrity of tooth fillings.

Periapical X-ray

  • Shows the whole tooth from the top to beyond the root tips to the bone in one area of either the upper or lower jaw.
  • Used to detect root structure and surrounding bone structure abnormalities.
  • Used for conditions like periodontitis, advanced gum disease, and detecting abscess.

Panoramic X-ray

  • Shows the entire mouth, including all the teeth in the upper and lower arch, in one image.
  • Images made with a machine that rotates around the head.

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