Oak Ridge Pediatric Dentist

For kids the thought of going to a dentist can be scary. It takes a special kind of dentistry to help them feel comfortable and get the treatment they need for healthy teeth. Providing dental care for children can be different from providing dental care for adults. There are anatomical differences of childhood as well as important behavioral concerns to be prepared for. Not only are our dentists experienced with pediatric dental care, our entire staff is well trained in caring for children. If your child needs dental care, call Premier Dental today for an appointment.

Premier Dental offers all general dentistry and other treatments for its pediatric patients, including fillings and sealants. We also provide pulpotomies and pulpectomies, or baby teeth root canals, as well as other procedures such as extractions and space maintenance. Our pediatric dental care doesn’t stop when your child’s baby teeth fall out, however. We care for kids of every age.

Primary Teeth

Maintaining the health of your child’s baby teeth, or primary teeth, is extremely important. Cavities that are neglected often lead to problems that impact the developing permanent teeth. Primary teeth are vital to proper chewing and eating, as well as for providing space for the impending permanent teeth and guiding them into the correct position.

They also allow for normal development of the jawbone and jaw muscles. Speech development is also directly tied to your child’s primary teeth, not to mention that proper care of primary teeth aids in the attractive appearance of your child’s smile. The four front teeth last until about six or seven years of age, while the back teeth, or the cuspids and molars, don’t get replaced until between the ages of 10 and 13.

Tooth Eruption

A child’s teeth start forming before they are even born. By as early as four months old, the first primary, or baby tooth, may erupt through the gums. The first teeth to appear are the lower central incisors, which are followed by the upper central incisors. Typically, a child has all 20 primary teeth by age 3, but the pace and order of their eruption varies from child to child.

Children start getting permanent teeth around age 6. The first permanent teeth to appear are the molars and central incisors. The process of acquiring all of your permanent teeth continues until about age 21. While children have 20 primary teeth, as they grow into adulthood, they will end up with 28 permanent teeth, or up to 32 if you include the third molars, or wisdom teeth.

At Premier Dental, we can help your child through all stages of their dental development. We can also assist with any dental emergencies, including severe toothaches, knocked out primary or permanent teeth, and chipped or fractured primary or permanent teeth. If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s dental health, we can help you. Contact Premier Dental today to make an appointment for your child.