Pediatric Dental Care You Can Trust
At Pediatric Dental Specialists, we offer a variety of services to ensure that young patients receive the best dental care available. We understand that going to the dentist can cause anxiety for both children and their parents. Our entire staff is trained to help every patient feel as relaxed and comfortable as possible.
We are proud to serve children of all ages throughout Billings, MT and the surrounding areas, including patients with special needs and medical compromises.
Services we offer include, but are not limited to:
Preventive care is the cornerstone of good oral health. At the Pediatric Dental Specialists, we use routine dental cleanings as an opportunity to educate our young patients on proper hygiene techniques. We also give parents tips on helping their children build a lifetime of healthy oral habits.
During your child’s dental cleaning, we clean and polish your child’s teeth. Should your child require additional restorative services, our dentist will explain the necessary treatments and answer any questions you may have.
Routine Dental Cleaning
It is suggested that children should be seen for a dental cleaning and routine exam every 6 months or as recommended by our dentists. During the cleaning, plaque and calculus will be removed from the teeth leaving behind a bright and polished smile.
Occasionally, diagnostic radiographs (x-rays) need to be taken to help detect possible cavities in between teeth that cannot be seen by the naked eye. In addition, we will educate you and your child on how to maintain their smile in between visits.
X-rays are one of the most valuable tools a dentist has for diagnosing problems in the teeth and jaws. Not all issues can be detected by a visual examination alone. Especially in children, x-rays are used to monitor tooth growth and development as well as decay—helping us to keep their mouth and teeth healthy all along the way. Digital radiographs are one of the newest x-ray techniques around and will become the standard for the future!
Our office is proud to provide this technology to our patients. Instead of using a traditional dark room, the images are sent electronically to a computer where it can then be easily viewed, stored, sent or printed. This technology and software produces much higher quality images, 90% less radiation and can be more comfortable for the patient than traditional films.
Fluoride is a great agent used to help prevent tooth decay. It is naturally present in different amounts in almost all foods and water supplies. Benefits of using fluoride have been well known for over 50 years and are supported by many health and professional organizations.
Dental sealants are an important preventive measure that helps prevent decay on a child's permanent molars. Our dentists recommends that sealants be placed to help preserve your child’s teeth, and would be happy to discuss the benefits of sealants at your child’s next appointment!
In the past few years, silver restorations have been replaced with tooth colored fillings, resulting in a smile which looks completely natural. These restorations are a lot less noticeable than other types of fillings, allowing your child to smile with confidence.
Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)
This is a safe, effective treatment offered to children who have a fear of the dentist. Nitrous oxide is a blend of oxygen and nitrous oxide, and has a calming effect on the patient. The gas is absorbed by the body when inhaled, and at the end of the procedure, breathing 100% oxygen eliminates the nitrous oxide from the body within the matter of a few minutes.
Oral sedation is used to help our young patients who suffer from anxiety and dental fears relax during their appointment. It is also referred to as oral conscious sedation because the patient is conscious during the entire dental treatment. With oral sedation sedative drugs the drug is given in liquid form by mouth and it takes 30 minutes for the patient to achieve a state of relaxation.
IV sedation is another great way to help your anxious child relax during their dental visit. A certified anesthesiologist will carefully measure doses of sedation drugs to help your child feel at ease. The dosage amount is determined on a patient-by-patient basis, making IV sedation a very safe option. IV sedation is also beneficial because patients have no memory of the procedure.
Interceptive orthodontics provides children with early treatment for any minor orthodontic issues they may have. These problems include: severe crowding, space loss, cross-bites, and more.
We recommend hospital dentistry for children who are very apprehensive about dental visits, very young, or have special needs and also have extensive dental treatment needs. Dental treatments will be completed in an operating room setting with the use of general anesthesia. Drs. Clarke, Wilgus and Bennion all have staff privileges at St. Vincent Hospital and Northern Rockies Surgery Center.
We know every child is different, so every treatment plan will be different. Our entire team knows how to manage and create an atmosphere that all children feel welcome and comfortable in. There are many methods of managing behavior in the dental office, and our dentists will develop the best plan to help your child through each visit.
Special Needs Dental Care
Our dentists are trained and experienced in providing dental care to young patients who have special needs. Since pediatric dentists require 2 more years of training, our dentists received specific training on how to properly care for patients with special needs; so you can be sure your child is in capable and caring hands. If you have any questions about special needs dental care for your child, don't hesitate to call our office at 406-652-5550 today.