Pediatric Dental Services at The Kid’s Place
Dental Exams and Cleanings
Preventing Problems Before They Start
The health of your child’s teeth and mouth is very important to the well-being of his or her entire body, and while routine brushing and flossing at home is necessary to keep your child’s smile looking its best, visiting Dr. Wilkerson for a comprehensive exam and cleaning is essential. The American Dental Association recommends that your child visit the dentist every six months to ensure his or her teeth stay healthy and smile stays beautiful.
By routinely seeing Dr. Wilkerson for exams and cleanings, your child can:
- Prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath
- Avoid costly and extensive dental procedures
- Have white teeth by reducing staining from food and drinks
- Shorten the time spent in the dentist’s office
- Have a smile that will last a lifetime
Your child’s appointment will take about 30-45 minutes. During the exam, Dr. Wilkerson will thoroughly examine your child’s teeth and gums for signs of tooth decay, gum disease, and other health problems. He may also want to take digital x-rays to see what is happening beneath the surface of the teeth and gums. These low radiation digital images help Dr. Wilkerson discover any potential dental or health issues that are not visible to the naked eye.
One of our dental hygienists will begin your child’s cleaning by exploring the surface of the teeth to determine if there are any cavities and to examine the quality of existing fillings. They will then perform a periodontal exam to make sure your child’s gums adhere tightly to the teeth, and no periodontal disease or bone loss is present.
Next, our hygienist will carefully clean your child’s teeth with a variety of tools to remove any hard mineral buildup (tartar) from the teeth. Then they will floss your child’s teeth use a polishing compound and apply fluoride. Cleanings usually aren’t painful, but if your child has any anxiety about the dental exam, be sure to let the hygienist know. We do offer several pediatric sedation dentistry options to ensure your child’s comfort. If Dr. Wilkerson or the hygienist finds tooth decay or gum disease, they will talk to you about changing your child’s brushing or flossing habits. In severe cases, they may recommend antibiotics or other dental treatments. If your child’s teeth and gums appear to be healthy, then continue his or her brushing and flossing routine as usual. Learn more Preventative Care tips >
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Additional Treatment Services
Fluoride is effective in preventing cavities and tooth decay and in preventing plaque from building up and hardening on the tooth’s surface. A fluoride treatment at The Kid’s Place takes just a few seconds. After the treatment, your child will be able to eat or drink right away. We just ask that brushing is delayed until bedtime. Depending on your child’s cavity risk, or Dr. Wilkerson’s recommendation, a fluoride treatment may be required more often than twice a year. In addition, some kids will benefit from take home fluoride gels or rinses. Learn more about the Benefits of Fluoride Treatments >
Sometimes brushing is not enough, especially when it comes to those hard-to-reach spots in your child’s mouth. It is difficult for a toothbrush to get down in the deep grooves and crevices on your child’s back teeth. If left alone, those tiny areas can develop tooth decay. Sealants give your child’s teeth extra protection against decay and help prevent cavities.
Dental sealants are a plastic resin that bonds and hardens in the deep grooves on your child’s biting surfaces. When a tooth is sealed, the tiny grooves become smooth and are less likely to harbor plaque. With sealants, brushing your child’s teeth becomes easier and more effective against tooth decay.
Sealants are typically applied to children’s teeth as a preventive measure against tooth decay after the permanent teeth have erupted. It is more common to seal “permanent” teeth rather than “baby” teeth, but every patient has unique needs, and your child’s dentist will recommend sealants on a case-by-case basis.
Sealants last from three to five years, but it is fairly common to see adults with sealants still intact from their childhood. A dental sealant only provides protection when it is fully intact, so if your child’s sealants come off, let your dentist know, and schedule an appointment for your child’s teeth to be re-sealed. Learn more about how Dental Sealants can Prevent Cavities >
Depending on location and size of the cavity, the dentist may choose to do a filling on your child’s tooth. At The Kid’s Place tooth colored dental fillings are used that mimic the appearance of the natural teeth. These compounds, often called composite resins, are typically used on the front teeth where a natural appearance is important.
Crowns (Primary Teeth)
Crowns are used to restore primary or permanent teeth with large or multiple areas of decay(cavities). Crowns are indicated for teeth with severe damage from cavities, or for teeth where the cavities are in areas where a filling would typically break or fail.
A crown is a “cap” cemented onto an existing tooth that covers the portion of the tooth above the gum line. In effect, the crown becomes the tooth’s new outer surface. Crowns for primary teeth can be white (zirconia), metal (stainless steel), or both(metal crown with a white facing). There are advantages and disadvantages of each type of crown, so please discuss any concerns with the dentist.
There are times when it is necessary to remove a tooth. Sometimes a baby tooth has misshapen or long roots that prevent it from falling out as it should, and the tooth must be removed to make way for the permanent tooth to erupt. At other times, a tooth may have so much decay that it puts the surrounding teeth at risk of decay, so the doctor may recommend its removal. Infection, orthodontic correction, or problems with a wisdom tooth can also require removal of a tooth.
When it is determined that a tooth needs to be removed, Dr. Wilkerson may extract the tooth during a regular checkup or may request another visit for this procedure. The root of each tooth is encased within the jawbone in a “tooth socket”, and the tooth is held in that socket by a ligament. In order to extract a tooth, the dentist must expand the socket and separate the tooth from the ligament holding it in place. While this procedure is typically very quick, it is important to share with the doctor any concerns or preferences for sedation.
Super friendly staff. Our daughter is 11 months old and had her first cleaning. They were very informative and did their best to make all of us comfortable. Glad we picked them to care for our daughter’s teeth.
We love The Kid’s Place!! Dr. Wilkerson and staff were SO amazing with all my little ones and made it such a fun experience! They are the best, 10/10 would recommend!!
Thank you to the staff, Hygienist Lacey, and Dr. Wilkerson. My three year old needed a thorough dental assessment and she loved it. The Kids Place gave me great care, peace of mind, and reassurance in my daughters dental care. Thank you!
We loved our experience with Dr. Wilkerson, Lacy, and Cassandra. They were very patient, fun, and awesome with my kiddos! We are new to Boerne and very grateful to have found The Kid’s Place!
Scheduling was simple, efficient and straightforward. We were seen quickly after calling for an appointment. The office staff sent portal information via email as promised. The facility is immaculate and welcoming. My son was happy to be there from the moment we walked through the door. The staff was friendly, personable and organized. The doctor was compassionate, informative and thorough. Appointment was on schedule, so no unnecessary toddler squirminess! I was not rushed and all of my questions were answered.
I’m so glad we found Dr. Wilkerson. He and his staff have been great! It says a lot when your 4-year old goes in to get two caps and is excitedly asking if he can go back to the dentist tomorrow!