Our plethora of Services:
A dedicated 'Brushing Station' with individual brushing instructions
This is where your child can really shine. Before and after your appointment, your child can have fun by using our Brushing Station, stocked with free toothbrushes, toothpaste, and floss. The Tooth Fairy and the dental nurse show the child and the parents all the brushing and flossing skills that must be practiced at home as well. Don’t miss any spots!
Phase I Orthodontics
This refers to removable appliances or fixed segment arch wires used to help redirect growth in growing children. This of course requires the compliance of the child. Removable appliances such as “headgear” and “bionators” are used to correct and redirect skeletal growth in children. Examples include children whose upper jaws are extremely forward placed with a so-called ”Bugs Bunny” appearance and others whose lower jaws are ahead of the upper jaws causing lower front teeth to bite over the upper teeth (referred to as an ‘anterior cross bite’).
Headgear allows the “holding back” of the forward growing jaw to allow catch-up growth of the other jaw and thus enable jaw-to-jaw alignment. Bionators are used effectively in closure of open bites (where upper and lower front teeth do not meet and an opening is created for abnormal positioning of the tongue musculature caused by habits such as thumb sucking). Children between the ages of 71/2 and 9 go through an important growth spurt which is utilized to correct such abnormalities. Utility arches such as ‘alignment arches’ and ‘advancing arches’ refer to segmental arch wires attached to the offending front teeth (both upper and lower) in order to allow dental (teeth) correction. This is sometimes done in conjunction with other appliances such as headgear.
Phase I Orthodontics also involves gaining arch length and creating space for the incoming permanent teeth. This is done by “serial extraction” in very crowded mouths. This refers to extraction of particular baby teeth at varying times as determined by treatment planning to allow early alignment of permanent front teeth. The above procedures are carried out with stringent documentation which involves x-rays, photographs and making of study casts from teeth impressions. This allows the dentist to aid and make growth predictions.
Habit breaking appliance therapy and counseling
Your child will be educated in breaking abnormal habits like
- Thumb Sucking.
- Finger sucking.
- Overzealous brushing.
- Nail biting / lip biting.
- Clenchingand/orgrinding teeth.
- Holding pens, pencils, and other hard objects between the front teeth.
- Continually holding objects with the teeth like keys, glasses, and toothpicks.
Counseling will be given with regard to maintaining healthy teeth for your child. The advantages of breaking the habit are discussed in detail with you and your child to allow the child to motivate him/her self for the same with your help.
Children who are successful in these endeavours receive special gifts & certificates from the tooth fairy!
Scaling / Fluoride Application
'Oral prophylaxis' for children involves the cleaning of teeth using "prophy pastes" and "prophy cups". These are formulated especially for baby teeth and are available in different flavours. The dental nurse or hygienist first uses a plaque disclosing tablet or solution to show you problem areas that have not been brushed effectively. Thorough cleaning is then carried out followed by oral hygiene maintenance instructions.
'Scaling' of teeth includes the removal of tartar, dental plaque, stains and other deposits from the surfaces of teeth by means of ultrasonic irrigation.
Solutions/gels containing fluorides are applied on teeth to resist decay and prevent cavities. It is recommended for your child as preventive care.Fluoride application is done in different ways. Fluoride solutions and varnishes are painted on the teeth with a cotton tip applicator. The tray technique is used to apply fluoride gels (eg. APF- acidulated phosphate fluoride 1.25%). Topical flouride varnishes are now proving to be highly effective and probably better than their gel counterparts in the fight against tooth decay.
Customized Orthodontic Treatment - IP Appliance
(individual patient appliance)
This comprises what is called Phase II of orthodontic treatment. Documentation includes obtaining x-rays, photographs and teeth impressions (study casts). At Tooth Fairy, radiographs (x-rays) and models (casts) are scanned, traced and measured to give treatment plans that are customized for your child’s teeth and mouth. All brackets, wires and bands are then put in a specific prescription to enable us to order a customized appliance for your child. Diagnostic work-up with a detailed report is presented to you to enable questions and an understanding of treatment. At start of treatment, specific oral hygiene practices will be discussed with you as also diet and other restrictions, if needed.
Orthodontic treatment usually takes 24 to 30 months. Some cases may be finished earlier and others may take longer to complete. The total treatment time depends on the severity of the original malocclusion and bite pattern in your child’s mouth. Braces and wires are the most efficient and accurate way of moving teeth. Braces (bands, brackets and wires) are usually made of stainless steel although clear brackets are available. Braces remain on the teeth for the entire duration of treatment.
At the completion of the active part of orthodontic treatment, the braces are removed and retaining appliances (retainers) are fitted to hold the teeth steady in their new position. These appliances are made of clear thermoplastic material customized to your child's mouth at the end of treatment. Being clear, they are usually not very visible to others and serve to motivate your child to wear them as long as recommended. Retainers play an important role in orthodontic treatment. If not worn according to instructions, the teeth may move back towards their original position (relapse).
Stainless steel crowns
The stainless steel crown provides an effective and practical way for restoring badly broken down baby teeth and permanent teeth.
Stainless steel crowns are indicated for the following conditions:
- Tooth decay involving more than two surfaces of a tooth (where the normal filling materials do not stay) in your child’s teeth.
- Tooth treated with root canal treatment etc.,
- Sometimes these crowns are used as space maintainers.
- Other developmental problems in which the form of the tooth is affected badly
The crowned tooth is as good as a natural tooth for your child and usually falls of normally. It is also an excellent means of space maintenance and is able to restore function. It also contributes immensely in "raising the bite" to establish lost vertical facial dimensions in growing children.
This refers to a plastic resin that a dentist bonds into the grooves of the chewing surface of a tooth as a means of helping to prevent the formation of tooth decay (cavities). Sealants are tooth-coloured and are used to seal pits and other irregular surfaces (grooves) on the teeth. This prevents food from getting stuck in these areas and causing decay. In this way, a dentist can create a tooth surface that is smoother and easier to maintain. There are no longer any locations on the chewing surface of the tooth that the bristles
of a toothbrush can't access and clean.
The dentist first cleans and dries the tooth that has to be treated, then paints a thin layer of liquid plastic material on the pits and grooves of the tooth. After application of the plastic liquid, blue spectrum natural light is shined on the applied material for a few seconds to cure the plastic. Alternatively, some brands of sealants self-cure via a chemical process.
After curing, the plastic becomes a hard, thin layer covering the treated portions of the tooth. Despite the incredible pressures affected on teeth during chewing each day, dental sealants remain effective for three to five years or longer.
Pulpotomy (baby root canal therapy)
A pulpotomy is carried out when the inflamed pulp chamber, usually on a baby molar, is removed, the area is sterilized, and the chamber is sealed. It is sometimes called a baby tooth root canal, but does not constitute entire root canal therapy as done in adult dentition. It is also done in some cases in young permanent teeth, subjected to decayor tarumatic fractures. It is a very common procedure in children and has a reasonably good prognosis of success. It's also fairly easy to do in conjunction with associated procedures.
When a cavity gets really deep, close to the pulp of a tooth or even into the pulp, the pulpal tissue becomes irritated and inflamed. This is usually the "tooth ache" your child feels. If the inflammation and infection continues without treatment, the tooth will likely eventually abscess. In baby molars, a pulpotomy is used in the process of trying to save and restore the tooth. It is a really good and reliable way to save a badly decayed baby tooth.
Dental extraction simply means the removal of a tooth from the mouth. Extractions are performed for a wide variety of reasons, including tooth decay that has destroyed enough tooth structure to prevent restoration. A tooth extraction might be necessary when your child’s tooth is damaged beyond practical repair. Remember, dental extractions are commonly done for orthodontic reasons (crowding, small jaws, etc.).
Bonded Fillings and Crowns
A dental filling is used to repair minimal tooth fractures, tooth decay or otherwise damaged surfaces of your child's teeth. Dental filling materials, which include composite resins and glass ionomer materials, may be used to even out tooth surfaces for better biting or chewing.
Space maintainers are appliances made of metal or plastic that are custom fit to your child's mouth. They are small and unobtrusive in appearance. Most children easily adjust to them after the first few days.
Space maintainers hold open the empty space left by a lost tooth. They steady the remaining teeth, preventing movement until the permanent tooth takes its natural position in the jaw. It's more affordable and easier on your child – to keep teeth in normal positions with a space maintainer than to move them back in place with orthodontic treatment.
At Tooth fairy, missing teeth are replaced by 'kiddie partial dentures' to allow for good speech development, space maintenance and facial esthetics.
What are Dental Stem Cells?
Dental stem cells or Dental Pulp Stem Cells (DPSCs) are adult stem cells found in both, baby teeth
(milk teeth of children in the age group of 6 -12 years), and wisdom teeth in young adults. Studies
have shown that DPSCs have the ability to develop into more types of body tissue than other types
of stem cells. These cells contain ‘mesenchymal cells’, which have been shown to differentiate into
bone, neural tissue, dental tissue, cartilage & muscle.Given the ability of these cells to produce
and secrete ’neurotrophic ‘factors, these stem cells may also be beneficial for the treatment
of neuro-degenerative diseases and the repair of motor neurons following injury.
- Generating new bone structure for fractures, improper bone for-mations, weak bones etc.
- Generating cartilages for con-ditions like arthritis, etc.
- Repairing damaged heart cells after a heart attack.
- Generating cells of nerves & the brain.
- The ability to repair muscles in diseases such as muscle dystrophy.
- Regenerating liver cells