Smiles of all ages deserve the best possible dental care. Here at Riviera Family Dentistry, Dr. Luke and Dr. Kingsberg give children fully personalized treatments combined with a gentle touch and compassionate care. We want their early dental experiences to be something they can look back on fondly so that they aren’t nervous about seeking dental care by themselves once they’re older. If it’s been more than six months since your child’s last appointment, reach out today to set up a visit for children's dentistry in Denver, CO!
Your child’s first appointment should be within six months of them getting their first tooth, or at the very least no later than their first birthday. This is a great way to help your child become more familiar with the sights and sounds of a dental office as well as meet our team. During their visit, we will take a quick look inside your mouth to check for developmental problems and perform an age-appropriate cleaning.
Children aren’t born with great brushing skills. They’ll improve their dexterity as time passes so that they can clean their mouths more effectively. Dental sealants give them a little extra help protecting their smiles while they’re still learning. A sealant is a layer of plastic placed on the chewing surfaces of the molars, which tend to be particularly prone to decay. Well-placed sealants help protect the pits and grooves of the molars from the bacteria and food particles that can become trapped in them.
A child’s teeth are still developing, and consequently they’re more vulnerable to decay than an adult’s teeth. There are several things we can do to give them better protection, but one of the most basic steps that can be taken is making sure they have adequate exposure to fluoride. A fluoride varnish can be applied to your child’s smile in just a few minutes during a regular cleaning. This painless process strengthens the enamel and actively fights against decay.
Does your child have a physical disability that requires accommodation? Do they have a cognitive condition that makes it difficult for them to stay still for long periods of time? No matter what your child’s unique needs and limitations are, we’ll always go out of our way to help them feel comfortable and make sure that they have a safe, successful dental visit. Call us ahead of time to discuss your options for special needs treatment.
Have you ever heard of the frenum? It’s a small piece of tissue that connects the lips to the gums. There’s also a frenum attaching the tongue to the bottom of your mouth. A short or tight frenulum can interfere with your child’s ability to breastfeed, swallow, or speak. This condition is known as a lip or tongue-tie. If we find that the issue is unlikely to improve on its own, we can remove the unnecessary tissue through a process called a frenectomy.
Every tooth contains a collection of tissue, nerves, and blood vessels known as pulp. The function of the pulp is to keep the tooth healthy with a supply of blood and nutrients. But if pulp becomes infected, the results can be incredibly painful for your little one. Bring your child to our dental office immediately if they suffer from constant or unexplained pain. With pulp therapy, we can remove the infected portions of the tooth so that the pain can be stopped without an extraction.
Is your child afraid of visiting the dentist? Our team will always have a kind word to help calm them down, but if they still need help, sedation is available. Nitrous oxide is typically all that’s needed for those with mild to moderate dental anxieties; not only does it help them feel at ease, but it also wears off quickly so that they can go right back to school if they need to. We also offer oral conscious sedation, IV sedation, and general anesthesiology for the more severe cases.