Pediatric dentistry focuses specifically on the unique oral health needs of children, with a focus on how their mouths grow and change as they get older.
With extensive experience working with kiddos, Dr. Shook can explain dental concepts in child-friendly ways, keeping kids calm, and helping them feel safe throughout their appointment. This leads to a better overall treatment experience. Need a children’s dentist in Eau Claire? Contact Shook Family Dental today to schedule an appointment.
Your child’s appointment will be very similar to an adult dental visit. First, a hygienist will remove plaque and tartar from their teeth, buff and polish them, and floss their teeth. They will also take x-rays and perform a brief oral exam.
Then, Dr. Shook will come in, review their x-rays, and examine their mouth to look for any signs of oral health issues like cavities. He’ll discuss his findings with you, answer any questions you may have, and then schedule any follow-ups your child requires.
Kids need to see a dentist every six months for a teeth cleaning and oral exam. This helps children avoid cavities, and ensures their mouths are developing properly. Seeing Dr. Shook for routine cleanings will set your child up for a lifetime of strong oral health.
Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF) is an alternative to fillings. It consists of a mixture of ammonia, silver, fluoride, and water. When applied to a decayed tooth, it strengthens it and halts decay. It’s usually only used on baby teeth, since it stains the decayed area black permanently.
We offer stainless steel crowns to repair decayed or damaged teeth at Shook Family Dental. Here’s what to expect from the process.
First, Dr. Shook will clean the area. If the tooth must be trimmed, he will numb the area and then remove some enamel.
Next, Dr. Shook will choose a pre-fitted crown that will fit over your child’s tooth perfectly.
Dr. Shook will use powerful dental cement to place the crown. This protects the tooth, and the crown will keep the baby tooth in great shape until it falls out naturally.