For children and adults with special needs, receiving the care necessary to keep smiles healthy and strong may be difficult. However, your Galveston, TX, dentist understands, and we’re ready to help those with special needs obtain the care needed to protect their smiles for years to come. What should patients and their families expect from our approach to special needs dentistry?
Dentistry for Those With Special Needs
Few practices are equipped to handle children, teens, and adults with special needs. However, our office strives to create a calm, comfortable environment where patients of all ages feel relaxed and at ease. We understand how to work with physical issues and other health conditions that could make undergoing treatment or prevent care difficult, all while ensuring our patients feel calm. Since we’re located in a hospital setting, our team can provide advanced anesthetics and sedation options for those with challenging needs.
We all need preventive care, such as checkups and cleanings, in order to enjoy optimal oral health. Otherwise, minor issues such as plaque buildup could lead to cavities, infections, gingivitis, and gum disease, threatening the health and stability of the smile. The ability to receive routine care means a chance for the dentist to uncover these issues in the earliest stages and treatment them before they threaten the stability of the teeth. For those with needs that make routine brushing and flossing difficult, and may increase the risk of cavities, we could apply fluoride or dental sealants. A fluoride varnish takes minutes to apply and helps strengthen the outer tooth enamel, protecting teeth from cavities. A dental sealant is a plastic coating placed over the rear teeth, which prevents food from becoming stuck between them and decreases the risk of cavities.
Should our patients develop cavities or dental damage, then a restoration can help return their smile to optimal health, beauty, and function. For most cases of tooth decay, we can apply a lifelike filling made from a metal-free material. If your child has a cavity in baby teeth, again we recommend treatment, as months or even years could elapse before the tooth falls out naturally, and in that time a cavity could become a painful infection. For more substantial damage or decay, we may suggest a dental crown, which fits over the tooth. If you have any questions about our approach to special need dentistry, or if you would like to schedule an appointment for a family member, then please contact our team today.
We’re Ready to Help Your Little One
With special needs care in a hospital setting, we’re ready to help your children obtain healthy, beautiful smiles. For more information on our approach to children’s dentistry, schedule an appointment by calling Children’s Dental in Galveston, TX, today at 409-744-4551.