Pediatric Dentistry

Comprehensive Pediatric Dental Services in the Athens GA Area

As a parent, Dr. Jayni understands what it’s like to want the best for your child. At Athens Area Pediatric Dentistry, we are dedicated to providing high quality pediatric dental care to your little one, while making them feel safe and comfortable. You can review our comprehensive service menu below.Little girl at the dentist having teeth examined

 

General Dentistry

We educate our young patients about dental hygiene in fun and engaging ways, helping to form good early habits that will protect the longevity of their smiles throughout their lives. Our emphasis on prevention is intended to help prevent dental emergencies and the need for restorative care. Diet, brushing and flossing are foundational to dental health.

Cleanings and Preventions
Professional dental cleanings help promote a healthy oral environment in your child’s mouth, guarding against tooth decay. Most dental cleanings take only 25 to 30 minutes. Cleanings should be performed every six months to prevent excessive plaque buildup. Plaque buildup is accelerated by a diet heavy in carbohydrate-rich foods. Plaque left untreated can lead to unhealthy gums and tooth decay. A routine dental cleaning should include scaling, root planing and polishing.

Scaling and root planing is the process of removing plaque and tartar from all tooth surfaces with a variety of methods, depending on the amount of plaque and tartar. Dental hygienists traditionally perform scaling by hand. However, new and advanced technology has led to more modern methods such as electric scalers. This sophisticated tool allows dental cleanings to be performed more efficiently and in less time. Both electric and manual scaling methods can be combined to achieve the best results. Polishing completes the cleaning, making the surface of the teeth smooth and minimizing future plaque build-up.

Preventive Sealants
The grooves and depressions that form the chewing surfaces of the back teeth are extremely difficult (if not impossible) to clean of bacteria and food. As the bacteria reacts with the food, acids form and break down the tooth enamel, causing cavities. Recent studies indicate that 88 percent of total cavities in American school children are caused this way.

Tooth sealants protect these susceptible areas by sealing the grooves and depressions, preventing bacteria and food particles from residing in these areas. Sealant material is a resin typically applied to the back teeth, molars and premolars, and areas prone to cavities. It lasts for several years, but needs to be checked during regular appointments.

Extractions
Good oral hygiene is a must, because the loss of a single tooth can have a major impact on your child’s overall oral health and appearance. Although dentists will use every measure to prevent tooth loss, there are still some occasions when a tooth needs to be extracted. A tooth may need to be extracted in the following circumstances:

  • Severe decay
  • Advanced periodontal disease
  • Infection or abscess
  • Orthodontic correction
  • Malpositioned teeth
  • Fractured teeth or roots
  • Impacted teeth

Dr. Jayni may advise to have a tooth extracted after careful examination and treatment—often taking x-rays to understand the shape and position of the tooth and surrounding bone before extracting the tooth. Based on the degree of difficulty, Dr. Jayni may refer your child to a specialist called an oral surgeon.

A certain amount of pain and discomfort is to be expected following an extraction, but it can be minimized with pain killers and ice packs applied to the face for 15 minutes at a time. Discomfort should lessen within three days to two weeks.

Special Needs Dentistry

Many patients with special needs can take care of their own oral health, while some rely on caregivers for help. Early and frequent visits to the dentist are extremely important to the overall health of people with special needs. Dr. Jayni and her staff give extra time and patience to help educate both patient and caregiver.

Call Our Athens Area Pediatric Practice Today

Call our Watkinsville dental office today at 706-769-1994, to schedule your child’s first appointment and learn more about our practice. We welcome all pediatric patients, including those with special needs.