Our Port Jefferson Station pediatric dental practice provides a full range of services for our patients. These include:
Preventive and Diagnostic Services – Preventive care is the most important thing we do at Suffolk Pediatric Dentistry. Not only do these services help keep your child’s smile healthy, they’re also important because they teach your child how to care for their teeth. Our preventive and diagnostic services include oral evaluations, dental cleanings, fluoride treatment, dental sealants, and imaging.
Restorative Dental Services – Even with the best home oral hygiene, kids get cavities and damage their teeth. We use restorative dental treatments to return teeth to their original function and strength. These treatments include amalgam and composite fillings, bonding, pulp treatment, and dental crowns. When a tooth cannot be fixed with restorative treatments, we may need to extract it to improve a patient’s oral health.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation Dentistry – It’s important to us that your child’s experience at our office is a positive one. When needed, we use nitrous oxide sedation dentistry to ensure that dental procedures are comfortable and trauma-free.Orthodontics – Our orthodontic services include early treatment, interceptive orthodontics, and Invisalign in addition to traditional braces. When treatment is complete, we offer retainers to ensure that the results last a lifetime.
What does a pediatric dentist do?
Pediatric dentistry is a dental specialty that focuses on the unique dental needs of children and patients with special needs. A pediatric dentist provides all of the services a general dentist provides, but does so with specialized equipment and a bit more patience and understanding. There are also some treatments that are unique to pediatric patients, like pediatric dental crowns and baby root canals.
What is the difference between a dentist and a pediatric dentist?
One of the key differences between a dentist and a pediatric dentist is that pediatric dentistry is a dental specialty, which means that after graduating from dental school, pediatric dentists go on to an additional two to three years of schooling to prepare them for treating children.
Should my child see a pediatric dentist?
Yes, we believe that all children should see pediatric dentists. As specialists, we have more training, more knowledge, and more experience treating children. We chose this field because we love working with kids; they’re never an afterthought. Our offices are thoughtfully designed with children in mind and we go the extra mile to make our patients feel at ease when they come to our practice.
When should kids start seeing a dentist?
The American Dental Association and American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry both recommend that kids start seeing the dentist around the age of 12 months or within 6 months of the eruption of their first tooth, whichever comes first. These early visits help us establish a relationship of trust with your child and allow us to give you the tools needed to make sure your child’s teeth stay healthy and strong.
How often do kids need to go to the dentist?
Just like adults, children need to go to the dentist every six months for oral examinations and dental cleanings. Aside from home care, this is one of the most important steps you can take to prevent cavities and keep your child’s teeth and gums healthy.