Quality Dental Care for your Children at Boon Dental
We offer a comprehensive range of paediatric dental services for children, from the first checkup and helping maintain
healthy oral habits to dental treatments designed for their specific needs. Our paediatric dentists have years of experience
working with children of all ages and are trained to diagnose and correct dental issues with preventive and targeted treatments.
At Boon Dental, we believe a child’s dental visit should be a comfortable and enjoyable experience. We also understand that
dental anxiety can be traumatising for both young children and parents. This is why we provide a child-centric environment at
our clinic to make dental checkups or treatment as fun as possible. With detailed information and guidance throughout to reassure the parents and a compassionate staff to make the children feel at ease.
Regular dental checkups are important for children to maintain good oral health. They help to prevent and diagnose dental conditions early on, helping to save time, money and pain in the long run. It’s recommended by the Australian Dental Association to get your child’s first dental checkup by 6 months or after the first tooth becomes visible.
The first dental visit usually involves a thorough dental exam to assess the health of your child’s teeth and gums.
There are no treatments done at this stage. The main purpose is to familiarise children with the dental environment to help them feel comfortable for future checkups and guide parents with vital information, answering questions and concerns to help maintain their child’s oral health and build good dental habits.
Follow up appointments are recommended every 6 to 12 months. They include dental examinations to check any signs of tooth decay, cavities, gum disease, or other oral health conditions. In addition to looking for potential problems, we also provide preventive care, such as cleaning, fluoride treatments, and nutritional advice for healthy oral practices.
X-rays may or may not be taken depending on your child’s age and mouth condition. A gentle clean and polish may also be done to help remove plaque and tartar and to prevent dental decay.
Fissure sealant is a preventive treatment and protects your
child’s teeth from cavities, especially the chewing surfaces of the permanent molar teeth that are difficult to clean. This treatment is recommended when permanent first molar teeth come in, typically around the age of six.
The process is quick and painless and requires no
anaesthesia. During the treatment, we clean and dry the teeth before applying a layer of fissure sealant on the
chewing surfaces of the teeth. Fissure sealant forms a
physical barrier, stopping the food debris from getting stuck and allowing for easier brushing and cleaning because of the smoother surface.
Fissure sealants can last for many years, being cost-effective and a non-invasive procedure, saving your child from expensive fillings and painful extractions in the future.
Dental fillings are generally used to treat cavities or decays in children’s teeth. Dental fillings involve removing the decayed part of the tooth and filling it with a resin composite mixture. If the damage is too extensive, a silver crown (stainless steel crown) can be placed on the tooth after the filling.
We offer a stainless steel crown, which is a gold standard for treating baby molar teeth with decays, or ceramic crowns according to your budget, preference and your child’s age and needs.
There may be instances when your child’s primary or
permanent tooth may have to be extracted. This happens
when the damage to the teeth is too extensive and can’t be
fixed with restorative procedures. Extractions may also be
needed when teeth are overcrowded and obstruct the
growth and alignment of new teeth.
Tooth extractions are usually a last resort and are done only when no other preventive treatments are viable to save the healthy tooth from damage or infections. Anaesthesia, numbing medicines and/or inhalation sedation (happy gas) are used during the procedure. All factors, such as the age of the child, the extent of infection and medical history, are discussed with you and taken into account before extraction. Please note that tooth extractions are an invasive procedure and would need proper aftercare and healing. There may be slight bleeding and mild pain in the area for a day or 2.
Consult our dentists to understand the risks and benefits of tooth extraction and the precautions and aftercare required.
Pulpotomy is a type of root canal treatment performed on a
baby tooth with extensive decay. It is a minimally invasive
procedure, generally done to preserve baby teeth until the
adult teeth come through.
Pulpotomy is undertaken when the decay has spread to the pulp (nerve) of the baby molar teeth and is to prevent toothache and spreading infection, which would otherwise warrant dental extractions. By taking out the infected section of the nerve, we can protect the primary teeth and to ensure healthy growth and positioning of the new teeth while saving your child from the pain and discomfort of infection.
The procedure involves removing the damaged or infected part of the pulp (nerve).. The treated area is then filled and sealed to preserve the tooth. Subsequently, a stainless steel crown is placed over the tooth to protect it from fracture until the adult teeth erupt. The procedure can be performed under inhalation sedation (happy gas) and usually takes about 30 minutes to an hour.
Our dentists consider all factors such as your child’s age, medical history, comfort level, damage to the pulp and infection before recommending treatment. You are encouraged to book a consultation and a detailed dental examination before beginning treatment.
Some dental procedures, such as fillings, extractions and
pulpotomy may require sedation to relax the child during
treatment. This helps relax your child during the procedure,
controlling his or her anxiety and gag reflex for more pleasant,
and smoother treatment.
At Boon Dental, we use nitrous oxide or happy gas. It is a form of conscious sedation inhaled through a mask and administered by a trained professional. Its effects are mild and wear off shortly after the treatment. Your child remains conscious, and able to respond to the dentist during the procedure.
Nitrous oxide is one of the safest forms of sedation for children, with the most common side effects being nausea and dizziness. It is important to note that sedation is only used to make the child comfortable during treatment. Pain-numbing medicine or injections are administered after.
Straighten teeth, and fix gaps, bite problems and jaw
misalignments with our complete range of orthodontic
treatments for children. Learn more about them here.
Boon Dental offers paediatric dentistry services to keep your child’s smile beautiful and healthy at every age. We understand the unique needs of children and are dedicated to providing an enjoyable experience for every visit.