Digital X-Rays – A Smile Pediatric Dentistry Plano, Frisco, Allen, McKinney, Carrollton, Dallas

Why are digital X-rays needed?

Many disease of the oral cavity (which includes the teeth and surrounding tissues and bone) cannot be seen when the dentist examines your mouth. An X-Ray exam may help the dentist see:

  • small areas of decay between the teeth or below fillings
  • bone damage from a tooth infection or a cyst
  • bone loss due to periodontal (gum) disease
  • developmental defects
  • some types of tumors
  • the effects of trauma
  • the position of unerupted teeth in children and adults

Finding and treating dental problems at an early stage can save time, money and uneeded discomfort and help prevent more serious health problems. X-ray images may be able to help the dentist detect damage and disease not visible during a regular dental exam.

If you change your dentist, you can usually arrange to have copies of your x-ray images sent from your previous dentist to your new dentist. If you are not able to, your new dentist may take x-rays for the reasons listed above. or so he or she can compare them with future x-ray images.

A Smile Pediatric Dentistry proudly serves children in Plano, Frisco, Allen, McKinney, and surrounding areas.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call or visit us.

Your Child’s First Teeth – Why Important – A Smile Pediatric Dentistry Plano, Frisco, Allen, McKinney, Carrollton, Dallas

Your child’s baby teeth help your child chew and speak normally. They will also hold space in the jaws for the adult teeth that come in later. Starting infants with good oral care can help protect their teeth for decades to come.

A baby’s teeth start to erupt when the baby is about 6 months old. By the age of 3, most children will have a full set of 20 primary teeth. These primary teeth will be lost starting at age of 6, to give space for permanent teeth. By the age of 21, a person usually have a full set of adult teeth.

The picture below shows the names of baby teeth. It also depicts when each baby tooth will usually erupts and is shed. Notice that not all children get the same teeth at the same times. Your child may have teeth come in earlier or later than the time shown.

Baby Primary Teeth

Baby Primary Teeth

A Smile Pediatric Dentistry proudly serves children in Plano, Frisco, Allen, McKinney, and surrounding areas.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call or visit us.

What is Your Child’s Teeth Made of – A Smile Pediatric Dentistry Plano, Frisco, Allen, McKinney, Carrollton, Dallas

What is Your Child’s Teeth Made of

Your child’s teeth may look an entire whole, soild block but actually it is not. It is indeed a living things composed of many layers. In the center of a tooth, it is a space called pulp. The pulp holds all the nerves and blood vessels. Outside next to the pulp is the dentin, a soft tissue layer. Next to the dentin which we see is the enamel, the hard surface part protecting the dentin.

The top part of a tooth is called crown and the bottom part is called root.

A tooth has to rely on the ligament and other issues to be hold onto the jawbone. If the teeth are firmly held to the jaw, the child can speak and eat normally. If the teeth and gum are not healthy, speech and eating will be affected.

A Smile Pediatric Dentistry proudly serves children in Plano, Frisco, Allen, McKinney, and surrounding areas.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call or visit us.

Tips for Your Child’s First Dental Office Visit (1) — A Smile Pediatric Dentistry Plano TX

A lot of parents are quite anxious when it is time for your child’s first visit to the dentist. While it is surely understandable, it is truly not necessary.

First visit for the dentist usually involves no treatment at all. It generally includes only exam, cleaning, and x-Ray if it is deemed necessary. The most difficult part in this whole process likely is asking the child to open his/her mouth. At A Smile Pediatric Dentistry, we provide ceiling mounted TV for the child to relax and prospective prizes to encourage the child to cooperate. Most importantly, Dr. Su and the staff will use behavior management techniques to guide the child to happily cooperate.

If you have any questions regarding your child’s first visit to our Plano pediatric dentistry for your child, please feel free to call us at (972)6182958 or visit us at 4500 Legacy Dr, Ste 300, Plano TX 75024.

Updates on Texas Medicaid/Chip for Children Dentistry (2)

Per the latest update from TMHP, Delta, DentaQuest, and MCNA, you can go to any dentist for treatment before 8/31/2012 for you child, if he/she is on the Texas Medicaid/Chip for children dentistry.

If you have any further questions, please visit our medicaid page for more information. Feel free to call our Plano based office. We accept Medicaid/Chip for all three programs: Delta, DentaQuest, and MCNA.

Tips for Sedation Dentistry for Kids (4) – A Smile Pediatric Dentistry Plano TX

Be sure to notify Dr. Su if ANY medication is given to the child during the 24 hours prior to the appointment. It is critically important that the Dr. Su is informed before any the sedation agent is given for the dental treatment.

Ask the child to use the bathroom before the process starts. It will make things easier for the treatments.

It is possible that different children will be given different sedative agents. However, this will be clearly communicated with the parent.

If you have any questions regarding Plano sedation dentistry for your child, please feel free to call us at (972)6182958 or visit us at 4500 Legacy Dr, Ste 300, Plano TX 75024.

Tips for Sedation Dentistry for Kids (3) – A Smile Pediatric Dentistry Plano TX

For sedation dentisry for kids, we suggest you bring another adult with you to the appointment. It is very important for you to take care fo the child while he/she is in the car seat; the other adult can concentrate on driving you safely home.

If you have any questions regarding Plano sedation dentistry for your child, please feel free to call us at (972)6182958 or visit us at 4500 Legacy Dr, Ste 300, Plano TX 75024.

Tips for Sedation Dentistry for Kids (2) – A Smile Pediatric Dentistry Plano TX

Undoubtedly there will be questions from your child about the dental appointment. Be honest with them. For questions you are not clear, it is OK to tell the child that “I do not know” or “We will ask the dentist”. However, do not say anything that will make the process seems scary. Something like “The dentist will give you a shot” will not help.

Dress your child in comfortable clothes. Feel free to bring the child’s favorite blanket or stuffed animal, if he/she would like to.

If you have any questions regarding Plano sedation dentistry for your child, please feel free to call us at (972)6182958 or visit us at 4500 Legacy Dr, Ste 300, Plano TX 75024.

Tips for Sedation Dentistry for Kids (1) – A Smile Pediatric Dentistry Plano TX

Sedation is usually performed during the mornings at our Plano pediatric dentistry office. The reason is that the child is required not to eat anything after midnight before the scheduled appointment. This long time without food consumption will be easier during sleeping period.

At the same time, do not start this fasting period too early. If food is cut off too early, a child may become low on blood sugar and not feel well during the dental treatment process during the morning. The cut off time is midnight. Late evening snacks are OK and can be appreciated by the child.

If you have any questions regarding Plano sedation dentistry for your child, please feel free to call us at (972)6182958 or visit us at 4500 Legacy Dr, Ste 300, Plano TX 75024.