Pediatric dentistry is an age-defined dental care specialty that provides preventive and therapeutic oral health care for infants and children through adolescence, including those with special needs. A pediatric dentist offers expertise and distinctive knowledge of the specific oral health care needs of children throughout their ever-changing stages of development.
At Dr. Angela Wandera & Associates, every visit is inviting and comfortable as we provide your child with gentle pediatric dental care while taking time to address any questions or concerns. As you build a relationship with us, we will ensure high-quality treatment for every procedure.
Infant Oral Health
Your child’s first birthday is a big milestone. Parents celebrate their children’s strides in physical growth and overall development, including the emergence of new teeth. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that a child’s first dental visit occur around this time. This appointment is a great way to acclimate your child to the dentist and includes an examination and preventive counseling. When pediatric dental care begins early, it forms the foundation for a healthy mouth over a lifetime.
During your child’s dental exam, Dr. Wandera will tenderly look at your child’s smile, face, jaw, teeth, gums, and tongue. As an exceedingly skilled dental professional with an entertaining personality, she makes the appointment enjoyable and comfortable regardless of the patient’s age. If further care is needed, our friendly front desk staff will help you make a follow-up appointment that accommodates busy school and work schedules.
Professional Teeth-Cleaning Procedures
Every six months, teeth cleaning and polishing is recommended for our pediatric dental patients. Our hygiene staff will clean your child’s teeth and spend time showing your child proper brushing and flossing techniques. In addition to promoting good oral health, learning these self-care skills help children gain confidence and independence while they appreciate the warmth of a bright smile. These sessions also help build trust and a positive ongoing relationship with Dr. Wandera and our staff.
We use x-rays to help us inspect areas of the teeth and mouth that cannot be seen during the physical examination. All x-rays are performed in our office. We recommend x-rays once your child is old enough to cooperate. These instruments are vital for detecting cavities, assessing the overall placement of teeth, and predicting growth problems. Today’s x-rays are quick, painless, and safe for your child. We insist that all our patients wear protective devices during x-rays to minimize radiation exposure.
Often applied after teeth cleaning, fluoride treatment is a simple and effective way to protect and strengthen your child’s teeth. While children excitedly select a fun fluoride flavor, parents can be assured this treatment will enhance their children’s dental health. Based on the type of water and toothpaste you use at home, Dr. Wandera will discuss the best fluoride choices for your family. We offer Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF), if it is appropriate for your child. Our staff is available to discuss the uses and benefits of SDF.
Another beneficial way to protect your child’s teeth from cavities is through the use of sealants. We apply BPA-free sealants to the biting surfaces of back molars and any areas where there are deep grooves and pits. If your child is at risk for cavities, Dr. Wandera will let you know if applying sealants would be a useful process.
Fillings & Crowns
Even with prevention, some children will still experience cavities. There are several materials and treatment options for both small and large cavities, including tooth-colored fillings, stainless steel crowns, and white crowns. If local anesthesia is necessary, Dr. Wandera uses her distinctive and proven techniques to eliminate nervousness and ensure your child’s comfort and well-being during the entire procedure.
Growth & Development
The pace and complexity of your child’s growth is not easy to predict. At each six-month visit, Dr. Wandera will examine your child’s bite and determine if and when orthodontic care is needed. Early correction of certain growth problems will eliminate the need for long periods of time in braces during the teenage years, reducing high orthodontic fees in the future.
If your child plays a sport such as football, soccer, hockey, or basketball, their mouth, teeth, and face should be protected from injury. A mouth guard can be custom-made or purchased from a store at a reasonable price. Dr. Wandera can provide additional information about the best dental protection for your child.
Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)
For an anxious or fearful child, we offer nitrous oxide to help them relax during their procedures. This not only reduces anxiety for future visits, it can help your child form a positive relationship with Dr. Wandera and our staff.
In special instances, mild sedation may be needed to help your child accept dental treatment, as well as allow us to administer dental care safely. If sedation is recommended, Dr. Wandera will prescribe the sedative medication, and our staff will help schedule and prepare you and your child for a successful sedation dental experience.
When a child has extensive treatment needs that cannot be completed in the dental office, Dr. Wandera can provide safe and effective treatment in a hospital setting with full support from a medical team. In addition to our staff, the accessibility of a complete medical and anesthesia team allows for all dental treatments to be completed at once, with your child retaining no memory of the procedures.
Collaborations with Specialists & Interdisciplinary Care
Dr. Wandera partners with highly qualified specialists for optimal results in your child’s care. If necessary, she can refer your child to them for their expert opinions and treatment. Sometimes, the treatment may involve input and care from multiple doctors. These collaborations are unique and ensure the best outcomes for your child.
Please feel free to contact Dr. Wandera with any questions or concerns regarding the pediatric dentistry services offered at our office. Our goal is quality dental care for your child in a positive, reassuring environment.
Schedule an Appointment
If you would like to learn more about our pediatric services, our team is happy to help! Call 952-941-7393 to schedule your child’s appointment today!