Well Baby Visit: A complimentary exam by the doctor for patients under the age of 2.
Dental Cleanings (aka Prophylaxis): Regular cleanings help keep gums healthy and teeth cavity-free. A dental cleaning includes removal of tartar and plaque and having the polished to remove stains and further buildups of plaque that are not removed when regular tooth brushing is performed.
Fluoride treatment: Fluoride is a natural substance that helps strengthen teeth and prevent decay. Fluoride treatments are administered at the office. It is applied to the teeth in a gel, foam or varnish form.
Oral Hygiene Instructions: During a regular check-up, oral hygiene instructions are given to both patient and parent to reduce the risk of plaque and tartar build-up, as well as cavities. Instructions include, but are not limited to proper brushing techniques, flossing, and using mouth rinses.
Dental Sealants: Sealants protect your child’s teeth from decay. Sealants are placed on the biting surfaces of premolars and molars to seal the grooves and pits of the teeth. The teeth are prepped for the sealant application and the sealant is painted directly on the chewing surface of the teeth and then hardens. Sealants are applied in one visit.
Diet and Nutrition Counseling: We will review your child’s diet and nutrition at your child’s routine checkup and recall exams. Every child’s growth and development is based on what he/she eats and prevention is key! We all know that candy, ice cream, soda, cookies and cake are bad for our teeth but we believe it’s important for parents and children to know about how so many “healthy “foods and drinks can affect teeth. The bacteria that live in our mouth use all sugars available to keep them alive and that includes all starches like noodles, rice, and bread as well as sugars in fruit, juice and even milk! We will also discuss the time of day and how often your child likes to eat. Monitoring timing and frequency of eating and drinking sugars are important so sugars don’t sit around too long and cause decay. Our goal is to help your child have the healthiest outcome by having strong cavity free teeth for life.
Comprehensive oral evaluation: An oral evaluation is recommended every six (6) months to prevent cavities and other dental problems. During an oral evaluation a thorough examination is done to check the hard and soft tissues of the mouth.
Dental radiographs (X-rays): Dental X-rays are a valuable diagnostic tool used to identify decay, extra teeth, bone defects, tumors, cysts and check the progress of previous procedures. Latest technology now allows for digital X-rays, which reduce radiation exposure more than 50 percent, and produce instant, high-quality images that can be viewed immediately by the dentist and the patient.
Diagnodent: With this latest technology, a UV light detects cavities that are not yet visible to the naked eye. This technology enables dentists to practice minimally invasive dentistry by providing a better possibility of diagnosing this disease at an early stage.
Composite (white) fillings: Tooth-colored fillings are the most lifelike material used to fill cavities. Composite fillings can be done in one visit. Once the decay is removed from the tooth, it is filled with this composite material and left to harden immediately afterwards.
Amalgam (silver) fillings: Amalgam fillings are strong and durable. Amalgam fillings can be done in one visit. Once the decay is removed from the tooth, it is filled with this amalgam material and hardens immediately.
Pulp treatment (aka Pulpotomy/Pulpectomy/Baby Root Canals): Root canals involve treating decay within the inside of the tooth. If the inside of the tooth, known as the dental pulp, is damaged it will gradually decay if left within the tooth. The process involves removing the pulp, cleaning out the root canals, and packing the canals with material that will help restore the tooth until it is time for it to exfoliate (or fall out on its own naturally).
Dental Crowns: A dental crown is a restoration that covers or caps a tooth, restoring it to its normal size and shape. Crowns are necessary when the tooth is broken down to the point where a filling won’t be effective. In order to effectively place a crown, tooth structure may be taken away to help create an aesthetically pleasing fit.
Extractions: A dental extraction is the removal of extremely decayed or broken teeth. To perform an extraction, the area is anesthetized to minimize discomfort and the tooth is then rocked back and forth until it is removed from its socket.
Bonding: Cosmetic bonding is the process of filling or restoring teeth with a tooth-colored material in order to maintain its natural appearance. In order to bond a tooth, tooth colored material is added to the tooth to build it up.
Whitening: Whitening is the procedure used to brighten teeth. At-Home Whitening uses a custom fitted tray to hold the whitening gel, containing carbamide peroxide, against the teeth.
ICON System: Removal of white spots or other discoloration on the teeth.
FAQs On Sealants
How much do dental sealants cost?
A child’s dental sealant usually runs approximately $115 per tooth. Most dental insurance plans cover 100% of the cost for posterior molars as a preventive treatment. If sealants are required in other teeth, we will determine your reimbursement before treatment. We also have special “sealant months” three times a year with a $50 discount toward a sealant procedure. Sealants last for several years so this is a great investment in long term health.
Should my child get sealants?
Sealants are a thin, non-toxic, protective resin coating that is applied as soon as the back teeth, molars and pre-molars erupt in a child’s mouth. Sealants are an excellent preventative treatment for protecting biting surfaces and deep grooves in permanent teeth in your child’s mouth. This treatment is a great pro-active investment to maintain healthy teeth.
Are sealants worth it?
Yes, studies show that children have lower incidence of cavities when they have their back teeth sealed. Sealants are a healthful and cost-effective preventative measure in the long run for parents. This treatment is much less expensive than a filling or other restoration in a permanent tooth.
Do dental sealants hurt?
Dental sealants do not hurt! Application is not invasive or traumatic in any way. Dr. Ginsberg “paints” the surface of the tooth with a non-toxic, dental resin that that hardens with a small light. The dental sealants can last several years and are only reapplied if the need arises.
FAQs On Cleanings and Check-Ups
How much does a child ‘s dental cleaning and exam cost?
The cost of a pediatric dental visit can vary widely based on your child’s unique dental needs. The average cost of a pediatric dental visit is $150-250 which includes a complete cleaning and comprehensive examination. This cost may vary if additional x-rays and treatments are required. All costs are covered 100% by participating dental insurance plans. CareCredit and our Smile Program are payment options that are available to families that do not have dental insurance.
What age should a baby visit the pediatric dentist?
It is recommended that a baby first visit the pediatric dentist at six months of age or when the first tooth erupts. We offer a FREE Complimentary Well Baby Visit to parents so that we can not only check the baby’s teeth but also provide support to answer questions about proper care and nutrition.
Is a pediatric dentist more expensive?
Having your child see a pediatric dentist is not more expensive than a general dentist. At no extra cost, your child and you have the guidance of a dentist and staff that is specially trained to diagnose and treat children in an environment that is designed to be enjoyable, appealing, and comforting.
When does a child stop visiting a pediatric dentist?
We treat children throughout their growing years from six months upward through high school and college. Dr. Ginsberg and his staff take pride in being a part of each child’s development and their family.