Welcome to Main Street Pediatric Dentistry
Welcome to our one of a kind submarine pediatric dental office designed by Dr. Penny Resnick-Graulich. We are excited to help make your child's experience a truly exciting and educational one here at Main Street Pediatric Dentistry. We would love the opportunity to help them achieve their optimal oral health, all while giving them a comfortable space to learn and play in. Our goal is to not only have your child leaving with a smile, but also to leave a lasting impression that has them excited to come back!
Comprehensive Oral Evaluation
A periodic oral exam is commonly performed when you visit your dentist for a cleaning. Your dentist will check your teeth, soft tissues and bite to determine any changes in dental and health status.
Prophylaxis is a preventative dental cleaning in which dental tools and polishing procedures are used to remove plaque, tartar and stains above the gum line. We recommend a dental cleaning at least twice a year, and x-rays once a year.
Fluoride treatment helps prevent tooth decay and other oral health issues in people of all ages. It is administered at our office as an important part of your child's treatment. The fluoride that is applied to the teeth comes in various forms such as gel, foam, or varnish.
Digital radiography (digital x-ray) is the latest technology used to take dental radiographs. This technique uses an electronic sensor (instead of x-ray film) that captures and stores the digital image on a computer. This image can be instantly viewed and enlarged helping the dentist and dental hygienists detect problems easier. Digital x-rays reduce radiation 80-90% compared to the already low exposure of traditional dental radiographs.
Dental radiographs are essential, preventative, diagnostic tools that provide valuable information not visible during a regular dental exam. Dentists and dental hygienists use this information to safely and accurately detect hidden dental abnormalities and complete an accurate treatment plan. Without radiographs, problem areas may go undetected.
Dental sealants are thin, plastic coatings painted on the chewing surfaces of teeth, usually the back teeth (the premolars and molars) to prevent tooth decay. The sealant quickly bonds into the depressions and grooves of the teeth, forming a protective shield over the enamel of each tooth.
Composite (white) Fillings
Resin composite fillings are made of a ceramic and plastic compound. Because resin mimics the appearance of natural teeth, these fillings blend right in. They’re also known as “white fillings” or “tooth-colored fillings.”
Pulp Treatment (Pulpotomy/Pulpectomy/Baby Root Canal)
The “pulp” of a tooth cannot be seen with the naked eye. Pulp is found at the center of each tooth, and is comprised of nerves, tissue, and many blood vessels, which work to channel vital nutrients and oxygen. There are several ways in which pulp can be damaged. Most commonly in children, tooth decay or traumatic injury lead to painful pulp exposure and inflammation. Pediatric pulp therapy is known by several other names, including: root canal, pulpotomy, pulpectomy, and nerve treatment. The primary goal of pulp therapy is to treat, restore, and save the affected tooth. Our dentists perform pulp therapy on both primary (baby) teeth and permanent teeth.
A crown is a tooth shaped cap that is placed over a tooth covering the tooth to restore it's shape and size, strength, and to improve its appearance. The crown, when cemented into place, fully encases the entire visible portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line. All porcelain crowns are the best choice for front teeth and for individuals with metal allergies.
Tooth extraction is a procedure where a tooth or teeth are removed by an oral surgeon using dental tools and equipment. Also known as oral surgery, it is a simple technical procedure that usually requires local or general anesthesia or sedation. Like any other minor surgeries, careful medical evaluation is necessary before a tooth extraction is performed. The procedure is accompanied with pain management for maximum patient comfort. Tooth extraction is a safe process that does not take more than an hour.
A habit appliance can be very helpful as a patient grows and creates movements with their tongue that disrupts the the integrity and shape of their teeth. Many times the habit appliances are put in place by the molars, and can have a huge impact going forward on your child's smile.
Children may need space maintainers if they lose a tooth early or have a baby (primary) tooth extracted due to dental decay. If either is the case, it is important to know the benefits of using a space maintainer and how it can help support your child's dental health. A space maintainer is an appliance that is custom-made by a dentist or orthodontist in acrylic or metal material. It can be either removable or cemented in a child's mouth. Its purpose is to keep the space open to allow the permanent tooth to erupt and come into place. Baby teeth are important to the development of the teeth, jaw bones and muscles and help to guide permanent teeth into position when the baby teeth are lost. If a space is not maintained, then teeth can shift into the open space and orthodontic treatment may be required. Not every child who loses a baby tooth early or to dental decay and requires a space maintainer.
Tooth Bonding is the application of a tooth colored resin directly to the tooth and hardened with a special light.
Tooth whitening was stumbled across as a resultant side effect of a gum treatment. Peroxide was used as an oral antiseptic gel that was applied to the gums to treat the gums and applied for a long period of time. Dentists started to notice that the tooth around the gums was whiter. A concentrated whitening gel is applied to the teeth, and low and behold, whiter teeth. Teeth are whitened in one easy visit. This procedure is great for immediate results for those special occasions or for a whiter brighter smile.
Local anesthesia is the temporary loss of sensation or pain in one part of the body produced by a topically applied or injected agent without depressing the level of consciousness.
Laughing gas, or nitrous oxide, is a safe and effective sedative agent that is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a small mask that fits over your nose. It’s used to help you relax. We may offer to use laughing gas to make your child more comfortable during certain procedures. It doesn’t put them to sleep, so they can hear and respond to any requests or directions the dentist may have for them. If they have an excessive fear or anxiety when it comes to going to the dentist, laughing gas may be a great way to help you relax.
With this technique, the patient will be put to sleep for the duration of the procedure. Patients requiring general anesthesia can be treated in our dental office. General anesthesia is typically only used if extensive dental work is needed and when other forms of sedation or pain control are not sufficient to conquer fear. If you think your child may need general sedation for their procedure, you can discuss with one of our doctors. They will present you with the risks and benefits of general anesthesia so you can make an informed decision for your child.