gentle Care for Little Smiles
Here at Flourish Dental Boutique, we believe those essential good habits that lead to oral and holistic wellness are best learned early. That’s why we offer a variety of pediatric services that are safe and comfortable for even the smallest of smiles, including:
- Silver nitrate treatment (NO FLUORIDE!)
- Stainless steel crowns
- Space maintainers
From infants to teenagers, our team is here to help with pediatric dentistry in Richardson. Schedule an appointment for your children today!
Non-Invasive Cavity Care
Silver Nitrate Treatment
Silver nitrite is a non-invasive option for halting the progression of cavities. Dr. Engram will paint a silver nitrate solution on the teeth, disinfecting the cavity, hardening the tooth structure, and preventing further decay. Depending on your child’s needs and the severity of the cavity, the tooth may also need to be restored with a composite material.
Restoring tiny Teeth
Stainless Steel Crowns
Stainless steel crowns are the best way to restore a damaged or decayed primary (baby) tooth. They are inexpensive and help protect the remaining enamel more effectively than a dental filling. They are stronger and last longer than fillings, too.
Prevent Oral Development Issues
If your child loses a baby tooth prematurely due to an injury or tooth decay, a space maintainer is used to keep the surrounding teeth from shifting toward the empty socket. This ensures that their adult teeth continue to erupt properly, even after losing one or more teeth early.
Treating lip and Tongue-Ties
A tongue-tie refers to an excessively thick band of tissue (frenulum) that attaches the tongue to the bottom of the mouth. There is also a frenulum at the top of the mouth that connects the upper lip to the gums of the upper arch of teeth. When this tissue is too thick, it's known as a lip tie. Lip and tongue-ties can interfere with proper breastfeeding, speech, eating, and more. A frenectomy can free this band of tissue, allowing your child’s tongue or lip to move freely.
If your infant has a lip or tongue-tie and is having difficulty latching onto the breast when feeding, a frenectomy may be a good choice. However, not all children with lip and tongue-ties need a frenectomy. We recommend consulting with Dr. Engram, as she can help determine the severity of your child’s lip or tongue-tie and whether or not it should be treated with a frenectomy.
Restoring your child's Infected Tooth
Pulpotomies are used to treat infected baby teeth. Tooth infections occur when the outer layers of enamel and dentin are damaged by decay or an oral injury. The “pulp” inside the tooth becomes infected. A pulpotomy is used to remove the decayed material from the tooth’s interior and apply a healing dressing that will restore the health of the remaining pulp, eliminating the infection.
what to expect
Your Child’s First Appointment
At your child’s first appointment, we’ll begin by cleaning their mouths gently and removing plaque and bacteria from their teeth. Then, Dr. Engram will examine your child’s mouth and discuss her findings with you. You will also have the chance to discuss any concerns you may have about your child’s oral health, and ask Dr. Engram questions about their oral development.