Services Provided

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  • Checkups and Exams

    Regular dental checkups are an important part of maintaining oral health. During a regular checkup, Dr. Tamera will:

    • Check for any problems that your child may not see or feel
    • Look for cavities or any other signs of tooth decay
    • Inspect the teeth and gums for gingivitis and signs of periodontal disease
    • Take and evaluate radiographs (x-rays) if necessary

    Visiting the dentist every six months gives you the chance to talk with Dr. Tamera and receive answers for any questions you may have about your child's oral health. With regular exams, Dr. Tamera is able to find problems in their earliest stages, often times resulting in less invasive treatment. Regular checkups are also a great way for your child to become more familiar with the dental office and become comfortable with dental appointments.

  • Cleanings and Fluoride Treatments

    A professional dental cleaning is important to remove any plaque that is not removed from normal home brushing and flossing. Plaque that is not removed from teeth and gums will eventually harden into tarter (calculus) which can cause a variety of problems including cavities and gum disease. Tarter cannot be removed with normal tooth brushing and must be removed with special dental instruments. Dental cleanings also give our dental team the opportunity to review brushing techniques with your child and ensure that they are brushing properly at home.

    Fluoride is a compound that contains fluorine, a natural element. Fluoride inhibits loss of minerals from tooth enamel and encourages remineralization (strengthening areas that are weakened and beginning to develop cavities). Fluoride also affects bacteria that causes cavities, discouraging acid attacks that break down the tooth. Risk for decay is reduced even more when fluoride is combined with a healthy diet and good oral hygiene.

  • Protective Sealants

    Sealants are a clear or tooth colored protective coating applied to protect the grooved and pitted surfaces of the teeth, especially the chewing surfaces of back teeth where most cavities in children are found.

    Even if your child brushes and flosses carefully, it is difficult to clean the tiny grooves and pits on certain teeth. Food and bacteria build up in these crevices, placing your child in danger of tooth decay. Sealants actually “seal out” food and plaque, thus reducing the risk of decay.

  • Tooth Colored Fillings

    Tooth colored fillings are made from materials that restore the natural appearance of a decayed or previously filled tooth. Because they blend well with tooth enamel and don't look like fillings, they allow teeth to look natural when children laugh, talk and smile. Tooth colored fillings bond to teeth with adhesives and teeth must remain dry for them to be effective and successful. In certain circumstances, it may not be possible to place tooth colored fillings, and Dr. Tamera will discuss this if necessary.

  • Care for Dental Injuries and Emergencies

    We understand that dental injuries and emergencies can be stressful for both parents and children. If your child experiences a dental emergency, please call our office so we can assist you. We recommend children begin seeing a dentist by 12 months of age to establish a Dental Home. A Dental Home will allow your child to have access to emergency care both during and after regular office hours, and to be treated by a dentist who your child is familiar and comfortable with. This will enable you obtain the necessary care as quickly as possible and with the least amount of stress possible.

  • Space Maintainers

    Space Maintainers are appliances made of metal or plastic that are custom fit to your child's mouth. They hold open the empty space left by a lost tooth, and stabilize the remaining teeth, preventing movement until the permanent tooth takes its normal position in the jaw.

  • Esthetic (tooth-colored) Crowns for Front Teeth

    If the top front teeth require restoration (due to cavities, congenital defects or trauma), Dr. Tamera can typically restore teeth with a full coverage restoration that is natural looking and more esthetic than full silver crowns. There are limited situations when esthetic crowns are not possible, and Dr. Tamera will discuss this with you if necessary.

  • Nitrous Oxide

    Even though our office is designed for young people and our dental team has been trained to provide care to infants, children and adolescents, your child may feel anxious before or during treatment. If your child needs more than a gentle, caring manner to feel comfortable, nitrous oxide may be able to provide support. Nitrous oxide/Oxygen is a safe, effective sedative agent used to calm a child's fear of the dental visit and enhance effective communication.

  • Pulpotomy (Root Canal) for Baby Teeth

    A pulpotomy is a dental procedure that is performed when the decay in a child's tooth reaches into the pulp/nerve or trauma causes the nerve to be exposed. The infected part of the nerve tissue within the crown portion of the tooth is removed to prevent further inflammation and spread of the cavity. A sedative material is then placed within the tooth to prevent bacterial growth and to calm the nerve tissue. After a pulpotomy is finished, your child's tooth is restored with a crown to re-establish normal chewing and function.

  • Treatment Under General Anesthesia

    General anesthesia is a controlled state of unconsciousness that eliminates awareness, movement and discomfort during dental treatment. General anesthesia is done at a hospital by a physician with specialized training. The physicians can use medications to provide general anesthesia for patients receiving dental care if they are unable to tolerate treatment in office, allowing Dr. Tamera to complete all treatment needs safely in one visit. Dr. Tamera will discuss this option if she feels that you child will benefit from hospital treatment.

  • Customized Athletic Mouth Guard

    The overall injury risk of children who participate in contact sports is 1.5-2 times greater when a mouthgaurd is not worn. A custom fit mouthguard offers significant protection against sports-related injuries to the teeth and gums.

  • Flat Screen TVs in Treatment Areas

    We have equipped each treatment room with personal flat screen TVs to help keep your child comfortable and to help keep dental appointments fun. Your child can choose a movie and lay back to enjoy it while they receive necessary care.

  • Digital X-rays

    X-rays are an important part of your child's comprehensive dental exam. With x-rays, Dr. Tamera can look at what is happening beneath the surface of your child's teeth and gums. This allows Dr. Tamera to find problems in their early stages so extensive treatment can be avoided. Digital x-rays can reduce radiation exposure 80-90% compared to traditional film x-rays.

  • Intraoral Camera

    Dr. Tamera and her team often use an intraoral camera to take pictures of your child's mouth so you can see what the dentist sees. This enables you to ask any questions you may have before a treatment plan is made.

  • Less Invasive Anesthesia Technique

    Dr. Tamera uses a computer-controlled dental injection system in appropriate situations. This device is called the STA (Single Tooth Anesthesia) System and allows her to numb select areas of the mouth, often times avoiding numbness in the tongue, lips, and cheeks. Because the syringe does not look like a typical dental syringe, and the amount and pressure of the local anesthetic is being controlled by a computer, patients tend to feel less pain and have less anxiety associated with the injection.