At Smileology™ at Miramar Beach, kids dentistry is about more than bright, healthy smiles. Dr. Bibek Nakarmi wants to make sure your child’s visit is calm and fun, so they never have any fear or worry about their next appointment.
We encourage you and your child to ask questions and we are always happy to address any concerns you have as a parent. If your child is anxious, ask us about our sedation dentistry options that could make their appointment more relaxing.
Your Child’s First Visit
As a parent himself, Dr. Bibek Nakarmi understands that you want the best for your child. At Smileology™ we focus on providing the highest quality pediatric dental care possible. It’s completely normal for a child to be unsure or nervous about their first dental visit, but at our Miramar Beach dental practice, they don’t have to be! Our office is designed to make your child comfortable and excited to visit the dentist.
We recommend your child’s first dental appointment be scheduled as soon as possible after they turn 2. That way we can ensure their smile stays healthy from the very beginning!
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentists (AAPD) advises that children be seen for a checkup every 6 months. These visits allow Dr. Nakarmi to 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. Nakarmi may suggest additional checkups if your child is more susceptible to cavities, or if your child is showing signs of orthodontic problems.
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. Nakarmi might recommend a pulpotomy.
Instead of removing the entire tooth, Dr. Nakarmi will put a medicated filling into the pulp chamber to try to keep the remaining pulp inside the tooth alive and healthy.
Treatment for cavities in children depends on the severity of the decay, as well as each child’s age and risk of future cavities. At Smileology™ At Miramar Beach, we typically treat cavities with discreet, effective tooth-colored 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.
Dr. Nakarmi will 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. Nakarmi 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. Nakarmi will perform an extraction. An extraction may also be recommended if the 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. Nakarmi 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 Woodland Family Dental our goal is to always care for your child’s dental health in the safest way possible.
Your child might need a space maintainer if they lose a tooth early or have a baby tooth extracted. If your child needs a space maintainer, Smileology™ At Miramar Beach will have it custom made it to fit your child’s mouth. It will keep the space where the baby tooth was lost open in order to allow the permanent tooth to come into place properly.
Baby teeth are vital to the healthy development of adult teeth and facial structure. If a space maintainer is not used, your child’s other teeth can shift into the open space and more invasive orthodontic treatment might be needed.
Dental fluoride treatments are safe and effective in decreasing the amount of cavities in children. Dr. Nakarmi 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.
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 the growth of your child’s wisdom teeth can cause damage to neighboring teeth, or cannot fully erupt, Dr. Nakarmi may consider extraction.
We will take a panoramic radiograph of your entire jaw, so we can see the size, location, and developmental stage of the wisdom teeth in consideration. At the earliest, wisdom teeth are removed in the mid-teen years, but 3rd molars do not finish developing until closer to about 30 years of age.
Is your child due for a preventive checkup? Give Smileology™ At Miramar Beach a call to schedule their appointment with Dr. Bibek Nakarmi today!
At Smileology™, we are committed to making sure you get the high quality dental care you need by offering our patients a variety of sedation dentistry options.