Complete Dental Services
We strive to provide the highest quality of dental care to each one of our Super Kids Austin patients. We offer specialized services from infancy to the teen years. Expand each topic below to learn more. We are always happy to answer your questions about any service we provide. We want our patients and families feeling comfortable and confident in the care we give.
Most children need to visit the dentist twice a year for a cleaning done by a professional dental hygienist. Children who are at high risk for dental decay may need to come more often. The dentist will advise you if your child should come in for cleanings every three or six months.
Dental cleanings begin with an visual check of the teeth and gums. The hygienist uses a small mirror and scaler tool to remove plaque and tartar from the gum line and between the teeth. Your child’s teeth will then be expertly cleaned and polished! Removing this buildup regularly is an important step in preventing decay before it becomes a problem. Even the very best home brushing routine isn’t as effective as the cleaning you get at the dentist’s office.
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- They are used to treat conditions like periodontitis, advanced gum disease, and detecting abscess.
- Show the entire mouth, including all the teeth in the upper and lower arch, in one image.
- Images are made with a machine that rotates around the head.
Topical fluoride treatment is an important defense against the 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 will 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.
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.
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.
Applying the sealant is a quick and painless procedure. The dentist will first clean and dry the tooth and then apply a gel to prepare the tooth for bonding with the sealant. The sealant is then applied to the grooves of the tooth and a special blue light is used to harden it. Sealants protect the teeth for years to come!
Kids who participate in most sports should consider using a custom mouthguard. After an exam and impressions of the teeth are completed, the dentist makes a guard designed to protect teeth from injury. Should your child use a mouthguard? Learn More
When a tooth has a significant decay, we need to fill the cavity to prevent further damage. 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.
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.
We offer white, tooth colored fillings to restore your child’s smile. These composite fillings contain no metal and will last for several years.
A pulpotomy is needed if a tooth’s pulp is badly decayed or infected. During this therapy, a portion of the pulp is removed, and the inside of the tooth is medicated and sealed.
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 your teeth into place.
1. First, come to our office for an initial consultation. We will take impressions of your teeth and start the plan to improve your smile.
2. We develop your complete treatment plan, including estimates about the length of time you’ll wear each aligner.
3. Your personal aligners are produced and you’ll pick them up at our office.
4. Follow your plan carefully to get the very best results.
What are the benefits of clear aligners over traditional braces?
Clear aligners don’t use metal, which can scratch and irritate gums and cheeks. It’s also easier to keep your teeth clean because you can simply remove the aligner to brush and floss. You also remove the aligner when you eat so there’s no need to avoid certain foods. There’s also aesthetic benefits to aligners. Plus, treatment can be much less expensive.
Who can use clear aligners?
Patients who have mild to moderate misalignment are good candidates for aligners. More severe cases may need traditional braces. Some people who have already had braces use aligners to maintain their straightened smile. Dr. Asha can discuss the best option for your situation. Generally, patients should have their full set of permanent teeth before using aligners.
How do I get more information?
If you are interested in straightening crooked teeth with clear aligners, schedule an appointment or contact us with any questions you have about your individual situation.
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:
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, pure oxygen is given to the patient to clear out any remaining nitrous oxide.
Our dentists are specially trained in administering sedation medication for children. After careful consultation and full medical history, the dentist will give your child a liquid or sublingual dose of medicine that will cause conscience relaxation. Your child’s vital signs will be monitored throughout the procedure and the effects of the drug will wear off completely within hours.
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. Our dentists will discuss this and all other options with you thoroughly.