Pediatric Procedures

Athens Area Pediatric Dentistry offers a full array of preventive and general dental services for children, as well as special procedures and custom dental appliances, including:

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Pediatric Partials

Pediatric Partials, also known as Pedi-Partials, are custom made dental appliances that take the place of missing baby teeth, both restoring the appearance of your child’s smile, and helping ensure proper eruption patterns by preventing other teeth from sliding into empty spots. Pedi-partials are composed of prosthetic teeth, a temporary substitute that helps your child chew and speak before their permanent teeth come in. Pedi-partials are created from an impression we take of your child’s mouth, which we send to a lab that crafts your child’s custom appliance. We ensure a good, comfortable fit, and educate you and your child on how to take care of the appliance.

Tongue Tie Release Surgery

The tongue is an important oral structure that affects speech, the position of the teeth, periodontal tissue, nutrition, swallowing, nursing, and certain social activities. In children with Tongue Tie, the lingual frenum, the cord of tissue that runs from the underside of the tongue to the floor of the mouth, is too short. This limits the range of motion of the tongue, impairing its ability to fulfill its functions.

Treatment is relatively simple. Early intervention is recommended for this condition, to help children and parents avoid the difficulties that result from it.

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Frenulectomy Surgery

The maxillary frenulum is a piece of tissue that connects the upper lip with the upper jaw about the front teeth. In some children, it separates the two front teeth. This may affect the way that the permanent teeth come in. A maxillary frenulectomy releases a portion of this connection and allows a more normal eruption of the permanent teeth.

Night Guards and Under Armour Sports Guards

Custom-designed mouthguards and nightguards are made of flexible plastic and molded to fit the shape of your child’s teeth. Mouthguards are recommended to protect the jaw, tongue, cheek lining and teeth during physical activity and sports such as boxing, football, basketball, or other activities where your child could sustain a dental injury. A mouth guard worn during sports can prevent chipped teeth, tooth loss, concussions, and more. Nightguards are recommended for patients who clench or grind their teeth at night to protect their teeth, and help preserve the teeth’s longevity. Guards generally last 3-10 years, but if your child’s mouth is still developing, you may need to have new guards made more frequently.

Is It Time For Your Child’s Dental Appointment?

Regularly scheduled preventative care sets your child up for dental success. Call our practice today to to learn more about our pediatric dental treatments and services, and to help your child off to the best start! We also offer dentistry for children with special needs.