At Alaska Center for Dentistry, we have specifically designed our pediatric dentistry services for children to ensure that our youngest patients will love visiting the dentist. When you walk in for your appointment, your little one can rush over to our Kids Corner, where we offer games to play and movies to watch!
Our kind support staff is trained to make all children, including those with special needs, feel right at home. If your child is anxious about visiting the dentist, ask us about our safe sedation dentistry options that could make their appointment more relaxing.
Your Child's First Dentist Appointment
Alaska Center for Dentistry is focused on providing the highest quality pediatric dental care possible. It’s completely normal for a child to be unsure or nervous about their first dental visit - but they don’t have to be! Our practice is designed with fun amenities that kids love to help them feel comfortable and excited about their visit.
Pediatric Dentistry Checkups
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentists (AAPD) advises that children be seen for a checkup every 6 months. These visits allow our dentists to closely monitor new changes in your child’s mouth and ensure that you, as a parent, have the information you need to promote continued oral health at home.
Our doctors may suggest additional checkups if your child is more susceptible to cavities or if your child is showing signs of orthodontic problems.
Special Needs Dentistry
Our dental team is committed to providing the same advanced dental services to each and every one of our patients. Patients with special needs regularly come and see us for both preventive and specialty procedures, and we provide safe sedation options to those who need it. Our entire team has the knowledge, patience, and expertise to make your child's visit a stress-free - and fun! - one.
At Alaska Center for Dentistry, we take cavity prevention seriously by providing our littlest patients with the education they need to stay healthy. That being said, some cases still do require gentle intervention in the form of discreet, durable tooth-colored fillings.
Protective Dental Sealants
Protective dental sealants are thin coats of plastic painted onto your child’s back teeth to protect their deep grooves and depressions from accumulating bacteria and food particles. Studies show that 88% of cavities in American school-aged children are caused by food and bacteria being caught in rear molars.
Dental sealants drastically reduce the likelihood of cavities in children, and they help maximize your child's chances of developing and maintaining healthy adult teeth.
Teeth-Strengthening Mineral Application
Dental teeth-strengthening mineral treatments are safe and effective in decreasing the number of cavities that occur during childhood. Our doctors often recommend this treatment along with dental sealants to help protect your child’s teeth. This teeth-strengthening mineral acts as a shield for the tooth’s outer enamel and can actually reverse early dental decay in some children.
Unfortunately, sometimes a child’s tooth may be too badly decayed to save. In this case, our doctors will perform a gentle tooth extraction. An extraction may also be recommended if the tooth is severely fractured or is crowding other healthy teeth.
Wisdom Tooth Extractions
Not all wisdom teeth need to be extracted – but some do. In many situations, it’s best to pull the wisdom teeth before they jeopardize your teenager's smile as a whole. If their wisdom tooth’s growth could cause damage to neighboring teeth, or cannot fully erupt, we may consider extraction.
Our doctors will take a panoramic radiograph of their entire jaw, so we can see the size, location, and developmental stage of the wisdom teeth in consideration. At the earliest, wisdom teeth are removed in the mid-teen years.
Tongue Tie Release Surgery / Frenectomy
Your child’s tongue is an important part of their oral structure. It affects the position of the teeth, periodontal tissue, swallowing, speech development, and nutrition.
“Tongue Tie” is a condition where the tissue on the underside of the tongue that connects to the floor of their mouth is too short, limiting the tongue’s range of motion. In infants, it can cause problems with breastfeeding, and in young children, it can cause problems with speech. Treatment for this condition is relatively simple, and can be performed at our Wasilla office.
Your child might need a space maintainer if they lose a tooth early or have a baby tooth extracted. If your child needs a space maintainer, our doctors will custom-make it to fit your child’s mouth. It will keep the space where the baby tooth was lost open in order to allow the permanent tooth to come into place.
Baby teeth are vital to the healthy development of adult teeth and facial structure. If a space maintainer is not used, your child’s other teeth can shift into the open space and more invasive orthodontic treatment might be needed in the future.
Questions About Our Pediatric Dentistry Services?
Is your child due for a preventive checkup? Give Alaska Center for Dentistry a call to schedule their appointment today!