Pediatric dentistry is the branch of dentistry that deals with children from birth through adolescence. It focuses on the care for children’s teeth and educates patients on proper dental hygiene and maintenance for their children.
All young children, including infants, toddlers, and adolescents can undergo endodontic treatment. In infants and toddlers, Pediatric dentistry deals with preventative home care such as brushing, flossing, and fluoride exposure, thumb sucking, caries risk assessment, pacifier habits and development of the primary teeth. In older children and adolescents the goals of paediatric dentistry are to treat existing problems early while they are still minor, ensure the proper growth and development of children’s permanent teeth, monitor the development of the dentition, help prevent or treat crooked and crowded teeth which increases the child’s risk of tooth decay and to educate parents and children on proper teeth cleaning.
Some of the procedures in pedodontics treatment include Fillings, which involves the removal of any decayed or damaged part of a tooth and then filled with filling materials which prevent the decay from getting worse and spreading deeper into the tooth. Sealants, once children start getting their molars, dentists may recommend the use of sealants to protect teeth from wear and tear.
Extractions are performed in cases of severely damaged or infected tooth or when a child’s teeth are overcrowded. Dental crowns, young children may also require dental crowns to restore badly damaged teeth. Root canals are usually performed as a treatment for decayed, infected teeth.
X-rays: They allow dentists to detect bone damage, tooth decay, impacted teeth, and dental injuries, among many other potential problems that may not be readily visible.