It's never too early to get your child started on the path toward a lifetime of good oral health, and there are many services we provide to do exactly that. Monitoring your child's dental growth and development, and preventing and intercepting dental diseases along the way, is a primary focus of our practice. Learn more about Pediatric Dentistry.
Our services include:
Parents are encouraged to participate in this basic exam that is designed to counsel parents on feeding habits and dental hygiene for their baby or toddler.
We recommend routine cleanings every 6 months, periodic x-rays, fluoride treatment, and applying sealants to prevent tooth decay.
Our doctors and staff have taken the time to research the levels of fluoride within Miami Dade County. Amounts of fluoride vary from one area to another. We can determine if supplemental fluoride may or may not be recommended.
One of the most important preventive treatments is the application of Sealants. A sealant is a protective coating applied to the chewing surface of the primary and permanent molars. Deep grooves are hard to reach with a toothbrush, therefore allowing bacteria to form and cause decay. Sealants act as a barrier, protecting the decay-prone surfaces of the teeth.
Because we are committed to your child’s overall health and comfort, we use digital radiographs to limit exposure of radiation by more than 90%.
These include filling cavities, nerve treatments, extractions, and placing crowns and space maintainers.
Along with traditional surgical intervention, we also provide soft tissue laser surgery. Laser surgery is less painful, less invasive and provides faster healing.
We use different levels of sedation depending on the child’s needs. Nitrous Oxide, also called “laughing gas,” is a very mild sedation that lessens anxiety. A Conscious Sedation is when we add another mild sedative to provide a deeper level of sedation while the child still remains conscious. We also provide I.V. Sedation, or deep sedation, which is administered by a board certified pediatric anesthesiologist along with a registered pediatric nurse. For more info go to PediatricSedation.com.
For the medically compromised child, for those with acute anxiety, or those with special needs, Dr. Landa is on staff at Miami Children's Hospital in Miami and can perform treatments on patients under general anesthesia.
Age One Dental Visit
According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, a child's first checkup should occur by age 1. At this important visit we will check the baby teeth for early cavities, show you how to care for a young child's mouth properly, go over your child's developmental milestones, and discuss the importance of good oral hygiene. Learn more about the Age One Dental Visit.
Fillings are used to seal a small hole (cavity) in your tooth that is caused by decay. This simple, painless procedure prevents decay bacteria from spreading further into your tooth, and possibly infecting the root canal. Both metal fillings and tooth-colored fillings are available. Learn more about Fillings.
Treating Specially Challenged Children
Proper dental care is just as important for children with special needs as it is for any child. Yet it's sometimes more difficult for kids with special needs to get optimal care. We can help, with appropriate procedures and extra personal attention in the office.
Cosmetic bonding uses tooth-colored materials to replace missing tooth structure or hide minor defects like chips, discoloration, or irregular spacing. It's a great option for children and teens, who often need to wait for their teeth to mature before choosing a more permanent restoration. Learn more about Bonding.
Crowns are coverings placed over damaged teeth to strengthen them, and allow them to look and function normally again. Metal crowns are sometimes recommended as a temporary solution for damaged baby teeth, until the permanent teeth come in.
It's easier to treat many orthodontic problems during childhood because the body is still developing rapidly. Whether you need standard braces, clear aligners, or appliances like palatal expanders, it's possible to make big changes in a short period of time. Learn more about the Early Orthodontic Treatment.
If your child loses a baby tooth prematurely, a “space maintainer” may be needed to hold the space open until the permanent tooth comes in to fill it. This appliance will help your child's bite develop properly — and hopefully avoid the need for braces later on. Learn more about Space Maintainers.
Besides being painful, a child's sports-related dental injury can mean time lost from school and work, plus substantial cost. A properly fitted, comfortable mouthguard, worn at practice and games, can greatly reduce the likelihood of serious dental injury. Learn more about Mouthguards for Children.
Emergency Dental Treatment
If you have a life-threatening or severe injury, call 911 or go directly to the nearest hospital emergency room. We can treat a variety of traumatic dental injuries, including teeth that have been chipped, moved, or knocked out entirely. Please call our office for assistance.