As a child enters into their teen years, pretty much everything changes. Mentally, physically, and socially, it all seems to shift overnight, and oral hygiene can often get put on the backburner. We urge parents to make sure their children are still taking great care of their teeth at home, and at Sprout Dentistry for Kids, we’re ready to do our part as well by educating, motivating, and providing world-class dental care for your teen. Between your efforts and ours, we’ll ensure your child has a healthy, gorgeous smile and complete confidence as they enter into the next phase of their life. To schedule their next appointment, contact us today.
While your child’s schedule might be busier than ever, even they should have time to attend at least one dental appointment every six months! Routine checkups give our team the chance to catch and treat any dental decay or damage your child might have as early as possible, and a professional teeth cleaning can help prevent cavities before they even start. Our hygiene team can even use their sophisticated tools to break up minor surface stains on the enamel to help their smile stay beautifully white!
Around 50,000 people are diagnosed with oral cancer every year, and unfortunately, many of them are teens. This disease is very treatable when detected early, which is why we’ll give your child a complete oral cancer screening whenever they come to see us. If we spot any suspicious growths or sores in their mouth, we can organize for a biopsy right away so your child can get the treatment they need as fast as possible.
Dental sealants are a fast and easy way to protect vulnerable areas of the teeth from developing decay. We simply place a safe, BPA-free, protective layer onto a tooth, and it quickly turns into a tooth-colored barrier that plaque, food particles, and bacteria cannot cross. We typically only use them on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth as they are the most likely places to experience decay. The treatment itself only takes a few minutes but can literally provide a decade’s worth of reliable cavity prevention.
If your child has a cavity, our team can use SDF to stop the harmful bacteria and strengthen the tooth’s enamel at the same time. SDF cannot only save a tooth with an active cavity, but it can protect the surrounding teeth as well, minimizing the spread of bacteria causing the damage. SDF is a liquid that is simply painted onto a tooth, and it provides a quick and noninvasive way to stabilize a tooth with decay and preserves as much of a tooth as possible until a permanent restoration can be placed.
Think your child might be grinding their teeth while they sleep? If so, our team can provide them with a custom-made nightguard, which will prevent the top and bottom rows of their teeth from coming together so their smile can stay safe while they rest.
Do you have an active teen who loves to play sports? You can make sure their smile stays in one piece by having them wear a sportsguard. We can design a sportsguard just for them that is shaped to fit their particular teeth, providing unmatched comfort and protection at the same time.
After a baby tooth has fallen out, sometimes the surrounding teeth can shift into the gap and actually block the path of the incoming adult tooth. A space maintainer is an easy way to prevent this from happening and potentially avoiding or minimizing the needing orthodontic treatment down the line. Whenever your child comes to see us for their routine checkups, we’ll keep a close eye on their teeth and determine whether or not they could benefit from this treatment.
Tooth-colored fillings enable us to make minor cavities practically disappear in a single appointment. After removing any decayed enamel, we’ll replace it with a composite resin that has been shaded to match the surrounding tooth. The end result is a restoration that doesn’t change the overall look of the smile, helping a child smile with ease. Compared to traditional gray amalgam fillings, tooth-colored fillings not only look better, but they are less invasive as well, allowing us to preserve more enamel so the repaired tooth will last as long as possible.
If your teen has any lingering baby teeth that simply refuse to come out, we may recommend having them extracted so their adult teeth have plenty of room to come in properly. We can also remove any extremely decayed and damaged teeth that are beyond the point of repair. Children may also have supernumerary (extra) teeth forming that may be damaging, obstructing or displacing the growth or eruption of their normal adult teeth, which may removal of the extra teeth to prevent serious long-term problems. Thanks to our team’s experience and use of the latest techniques, we can ensure that your child will feel completely comfortable should they ever need this treatment.
Everyone actually has several small bands of oral tissue in their mouth called frenulum, which play a part in helping the different parts of the mouth function properly. In some children, these frenula connected to each lip, and the under the tongue can sometimes be too short or tight hampering a child’s ability to eat, speak, smile, and breathe normally. Thankfully, fixing this kind of problem only takes a few minutes thanks to our soft tissue laser. With its concentrated beam of light, we can quickly and precisely loosen a frenulum without causing any bleeding or pain while also providing for shorter healing time.
Even teens who have been brushing on their own for a long time can forget to clean along their gum line, leading to a buildup of plaque and bacteria that causes an infection called gum disease. If your teen regularly experiences bleeding gums and has bad breath that doesn’t go away even after brushing, this is likely the reason. Fortunately, we can directly tackle this problem with our soft tissue laser. Using its concentrated beam of light, we can quickly remove any and all bacteria from along their gum line without harming the tissues themselves, making it easy for your child to remain comfortable.
Instead of removing a severely damaged or decayed tooth, our team can use a dental crown to completely repair it. Crowns are shaped to look and function just like natural teeth, restoring the original shape and strength of the enamel at the same time. At Sprout Dentistry for Kids, in many cases, we offer the option of 100% zirconia crowns because of their lifelike appearance and reliable durability. With them, you get a fully repaired tooth that looks like nothing was ever wrong with it in the first place.
Direct bonding is a fast and affordable way to take care of minor cosmetic flaws such as small stains, minor chips, or thin gaps. We simply apply a color-matched safe, BPA-free, composite resin to your child’s tooth, and then it is shaped and molded to make the imperfection disappear behind perfectly white enamel. The procedure only takes about an hour to complete, and the results can easily last for 10 years or more.
Does your child feel really self-conscious about their teeth because of noticeable stains, chips, cracks, or gaps? If so, we can help them get the big, bright, and beautiful grin they want using one simple procedure: porcelain veneers. Thin ceramic shells are applied to the front of the teeth that are designed to look like pristine white enamel, instantly creating a flawless smile. They are always custom-made, so your teen can get just one or an entire set to completely transform their look and boost their confidence at the same time.
Are your child’s teeth looking a little less than white lately? Consistently consuming darkly colored drinks like sodas or highly acidic ones like energy drinks can quickly cause the smile to lose its luster, but teeth whitening can turn that all around. Instead of wasting your money on an underpowered store bought treatment, we can provide your child with professional strength products that are proven to make the teeth six to eight shades whiter. With Opalescence whitening, they can get custom or disposable take-home solutions. Either way, a dramatically brighter smile they’ll love to show off will be the result!