Dentistry for Kids at Great Grins for KIDS
Here at Great Grins for KIDS - Portland in Portland, OR we want all of our patients to have a smile that they can count of for years to come. Kids will depend on their teeth for the rest of their lives, which is why it’s so important to teach them great oral hygiene habits. Kis that understand the ins and outs of oral hygiene and who diligently take care of their teeth are more likely to enjoy their natural teeth for their entire life. For this reason, we offer a wide range of dental procedures ranging from preventive to restorative.
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Tooth Emergencies ◢
Brushing & Flossing ◢
Cleanings & Exams ◢
Fluoride Treatments ◢
Space Maintainer ◢
Brushing & Flossing
Cleanings and Exams
Root Canals ◢
Teeth Whitening ◢
Tooth Pulp & Root Canals
Primary teeth with infected pulps are treated differently than permanent teeth.
Primary molars last until about age 11 or 12 so we like to save them with root canal treatment, if we can, instead of pulling them out and placing a space maintainer.
Because primary teeth roots need to dissolve away when the permanent teeth start to grow in, the root canal material used for baby teeth should be dissolvable or not go all the way down the root canals.
Most of the time, primary teeth with infected pulps are treated with a partial pulp removal called a pulpotomy.
The steps of primary (deciduous or baby) tooth pulpotomy procedure:
These pulpotomies are very successful for teeth that have not infected the bone supporting the tooth. If the bone around a tooth gets infected, then all the pulp tissue must be removed, even the root canal tissue. This complete pulp removal is called a pulpectomy.
A pulpectomy procedure is similar to the adult root canal treatment in that files are used to clean and shape but the material we use to fill the root canals is much different because the roots are supposed to be dissolved away as the permanent teeth erupt.
The root canal filling material for primary teeth must be resorbable or dissolvable. I use a material called Vitapex (a mixture of calcium hydroxide, iodoform, and silicone lubricant) with great success healing abscessed teeth.
Pulpectomy treatment for primary teeth is mostly reserved for only the most important teeth: the second primary molars before the eruption of the permanent molars.
When faced with the options of a painful toothache, a root canal, or an extraction, most people will be pleasantly surprised that those root canals are the best option and not an “OUCH!” after all.
Superior Service Starts Before Your Child’s Appointment
We know better than anyone that your child is thinking about their appointment with us well before getting in the car to come to our office. They may not be actively thinking about us, they may only have an idea about “the dentist,” but whatever it is, there is some preconceived notion about climbing into that dental chair. We want to make sure that our office is an inviting place for kids, someplace that they are always going to be excited to go. We keep plenty of books and toys in our office to keep them busy. Read more about your child's first visit.
We also make sure to keep our Wi-Fi free and accessible to all patients so that you can make the most of your time while waiting for their appointment to conclude.
We’re Here For You!
We know how important it is to have the right answer for your family right away – which is why we try always to be available to answer questions you may have during our business hours. Have a question about a strange thing going on in your kid’s mouth? Give us a call at (971) 470-0054, and we will do our best to answer your question, or make time for you in our schedule to be seen.
If you or a loved one ever experience a dental emergency, please consider calling 911 right away if you believe the issue warrants it. We always try to make ourselves available to our clients who experience dental emergencies same-day. Please feel free to visit our dental emergencies page to educate yourself on what you can do in case of a dental emergency.