Believe it or not, the child maintains primary teeth until the age of 12, while the last one to be replaced is cuspid or second molar. Having that in mind, it is unthinkable that primary teeth don’t need to be treated!
When is the right time for child’s first dental visit?
As soon as the first deciduous tooth emerges (around 6 months), a child should visit a dentist. The parents are the ones to benefit the most from that first dental visit. Firstly, they will find out about proper oral hygiene of child’s mouth and teeth at this age. They will also receive necessary advice regarding the eruption of teeth, that can be accompanied by many annoyances.
Making regular dental visits a habit begins in an early age. In doing so, parents set an example by helping a child to develop the right attitude and encouraging them to take charge of their oral health later in life.
How are primary teeth treated?
Treatment of primary teeth can sometimes be more complicated than treating permanent teeth.
The most important thing is to prepare a child to cooperate with the dentist. Parents should explain to the child what to expect in the dentist’s office and reassure them that there will be no pain. This way, by the time a child comes for its first intervention, its trust would already be developed.
How to win a child’s trust?
By going regularly to the dentist for preventative exams, the child will form a positive attitude and link those visits with friendly relationship it has with a dentist instead to the sense of pain. Once it’s time to fix the tooth, the child would already have a full confidence in its dentist.
Can every primary tooth be fixed?
When a child is cooperative – all is easy!
A child who sits peacefully in the chair, doesn’t cry or move during the treatment, makes a dentist’s job a lot easier. Not just that, but it allows the dentist to do a quick and good quality job.
When doctor determines the presence of tooth decay on a primary tooth, he/she will assess whether the tooth can be fixed and saved.
1. In the event that it is not possible to fix the tooth, there are two alternatives:
- In case that eruption of permanent toot is expected in the near future, the dentist will propose to extract the tooth.
- In case that that the replacement with permanent tooth is not expected soon, the dentist will open up the tooth and leave it to “guard the space” for future permanent teeth, as long as possible. This prevents the tooth from moving to an empty space that would result from its extraction.
2. If the tooth can be fixed, the dentist will inform the parents whether the intervention would be painful and in agreement with them, suggest to administer a local anaesthesia. With the application of the anaesthetic, the child would go through the entire procedure pain-free, and, more importantly, it would not gain aversion towards future tooth treatment.
After applying the anaesthetic, the dentist will open up a decayed tooth with a special dental drill, remove the caries and close it with the filling, and if necessary, place the medication. All types of fillings can be used in children (amalgam, composite or glass-ionomer), but it would be best to let the dentist decide which one is the most suitable for the exact tooth in a given situation.
Treatment of deciduous teeth – price
The price of fillings on deciduous teeth at the Pavlovic Clinic is RSD 1,500 regardless of the type of filling.
How to schedule a deciduous tooth treatment at the Pavlovic Clinic?
You can schedule a dental visit for your child every work day from 9 to 19, in person or by phone 011/3822-331.
Looking forward to meeting our youngest patients!