Dentistry for Children By Thomas G. Zarger Jr., D.D.S. on February 28, 2013

Dentistry for ChildrenWhen it comes to providing children with quality dental care, you need a dental professional who understands their changing needs as they grow. By building a strong sense of trust in dental professionals while also attending to the different needs for each age group, a skilled Knoxville cosmetic dentist can work wonders in a person's dental health that can last a lifetime. We'd like to take a moment right now to look at some of the basics regarding dentistry for children so you have a general understanding of what is involved and what to expect.

What is children's dentistry?

Children's dentistry refers to dental care treatments performed on minors in order to address their unique dental care needs. As a child grows, he or she will face a number of unique changes in their teeth and overall dental care concerns. Let's run through these dental care needs right now starting at the beginning.

Dental Care Needs for Infants

Infants are just starting to develop teeth, and as such, they have very delicate needs when it comes to dental care. Dentists will help parents deal with teething and offer tips on how to prevent tooth decay and stop thumb sucking during these early years.

Dental Care Need for Toddlers

With toddlers, their baby teeth should be all in by now. The main goal for these patients at our cosmetic and restorative dentistry office in Knoxville is twofold. On the one hand, we will provide expert preventative and general care. In addition, we will stress patient education so that these young patients develop the knowledge of good dental habits that will last them a lifetime.

Dental Care Needs for K-6 Children

As children go through elementary school, their baby teeth will fall out and permanent teeth will come in. This presents some unique dental care needs and concerns. Our team will be sure to address these matters as well as the basic preventative and restorative procedures that come with regular dental care.

Dental Care Needs for Tweens

Since tweens are likely to have all of their permanent teeth in, orthodontic treatments such as braces tend to be initiated around this time. Sometimes orthodontic care is initiated earlier, though this can vary from patient to patient.

Dental Care Needs for Teens

As teens grow into adulthood, we find this to be an opportune time to address a number of dental health issues in addition to tooth decay. Orthodontic care is also common for teens, as well as some cosmetic treatments. Dentists can also use this opportunity to look ahead at issues related to wisdom teeth as well as other adult dental health needs.

Dental Emergencies and Children

Accidents can happen at any age, which is why dental care emergencies are also a part of children's dentistry. To address tooth damage or gum damage, we can use inlays, onlays, Knoxville dental crowns, or special grafting techniques. We will be here for you and your family.

Learn More About Comprehensive Dental Care

For more information about dental care treatments for your entire family, be sure to contact our Knoxville cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. The entire team here is eager to meet you in person and help you make the best possible decisions about your dental care options and dental health needs.

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Dr. Thomas G. Zarger, Jr., DDS Family Dentistry in Knoxville

Our practice has provided skilled and compassionate dentistry for patients in the Knoxville, TN, community for over 30 years. Dr. Zarger is a member of:

  • American Dental Association
  • Second District Dental Society
  • Tennessee Dental Association
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry

We strive to make care convenient and affordable to all patients and accept CareCredit financing to help reduce the cost of treatment. Schedule your consultation today online, or by calling (865) 693-7631.

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