Frequently Asked Questions
Why is it important to take care of baby (primary) teeth?
Baby teeth help with proper chewing and eating and aid in speech development. Healthy baby teeth aid in normal development of jaw bones and muscle and hold space for permanent teeth and help guide them into place. Decay on baby teeth can lead to pain or infection, which can affect their permanent teeth and overall health. Most children do not lose their last baby tooth until about age 12.
What do I do in a dental emergency?
It is always important to contact us immediately if your child is experiencing dental pain or trauma. In most instances, we do not need to see the patient immediately, but there are times when it is imperative for a child to be seen as soon as possible.
If a tooth is displaced, it is fine to try and gently move it ino the pre-trauma position. If you are unable to do this, just leave the area alone and contact us.
If your child knocks out a baby tooth, do not put the tooth back in the socket. If they knock out an adult tooth, gently rinse off the tooth and place the tooth back in the socket. If you are unable to do this, place the tooth in milk. Contact us immediately in any situation when a tooth is knocked out.
Are you in network for my insurance?
Longmont Pediatric Dentistry is in network for most PPO plans. Please call our office to confirm your dental coverage and to see if we are in network for your plan.
It is important to understand that all dental insurances are different and coverage varies depending on your plan. We will always do our best to estimate what your payment portion will be. However, this is just an estimate and not a guarantee your insurance company will pay what we estimate they will.
Are x-rays safe?
Yes. At Longmont Pediatric Dentistry, we have digital x-rays. This technology has greatly reduced the amount of radiation exposure necesary to obtain dental x-rays. We also always use the proper shielding (like lead aprons) to help minimize radiation exposure.
What treatment options does your office offer?
If a child requires dental treatment, in most instances we are able to complete the treatment in our office with the use of nitrous oxide if indicated. We also have a TV above the chair to help relax patients. If dental needs are extensive, we also offer treatment with the use of general anesthesia at Children's Hospital Colorado or in our office (administered by a dental anesthesiologist). We do not offer oral sedation at our office. If this is a good treatment option for your child, we will refer them to an office whre they can be evaluated for dental treatment using oral sedation.
What type of fillings does your office do?
We only do white fillings at our office. These filling materials are called composite or glass ionomer. If a baby tooth has very large decay or decay that extends to the nerve, we may recommend placement of a stainless steel (silver) crown.
What are sealants?
Sealants are a thin white coating that goes onto the biting surface of teeth. Sealants fill in the "groovy" areas on the biting surfaces of teeth to make these areas smoother and therefore make it more difficult for cavities to form. We typically recommend sealants on permanent molars because the biting surfaces of permanent molars ar the most common areas to develop cavities.