Pediatric Dentistry

Pediatric dentistry is available through our emergency dental care program.

Children and adults are treated in our dental facility.

Scrapes and bruises are not limited to only the knees and elbows.

Skates, bicycles, swing sets, baseball, kickball, soccer, contact sports, swimming pools, coffee tables, bath tubs all take a toll on tiny tots.

The best of intentions find us facing an emergency or two at some point in our lives.

Teeth are sharp and capable of puncture wounds into the lip and tongue with the application of blunt forced trauma.

Soft tissue, depending on the severity of the wound, can be cleaned up using chlorhexidine and/or warm salt water or closed with sutures.

Children at play on playgrounds if left unattended are subject to injury.

High energy levels do not remind children not to walk in front of other children vigorously swinging higher and higher.

Playing a game of tag, eluding your tagger, could find you vulnerable to the flying feet of a playmate skyrocketing to the moon.

Injuries of childhood have traumatized the best of us.

Restoring the smile of a child injured at play will also make parents smile as well.

One concern addressed by dentist is maintaining the spacing of baby teeth so permanent teeth will erupt properly into the oral cavity.

Baby teeth lost prematurely could trap permanent teeth underneath the gums.

This occurs because teeth shift, blocking or narrowing eruption paths of permanent teeth into the mouth.

Space maintainers are a critical phase of interceptive orthodontics and proper tooth eruption.

They are used to keep eruption pathways clear of shifting teeth on both sides of the premature extraction site.

Patients that do not maintain these spaces find it problematic later in life if replacement of missing teeth is not done.

Balance is lost if teeth are allowed to shift without attempts to regain the space.

Adults are surprised orthodontic and minor tooth movement is necessary to improve esthetic concerns in the smile line.

An example of this problem would result in having to replace an upper central incisor with a diameter two millimeters smaller than its adjacent counterpart.

The symmetry in such an example would throw off the esthetics because the balance is missing in restoration of the case.

Pediatric dentistry is vital in maintaining the balance and symmetry of the oral cavity.

From the Diary of my enlightenment,

A.L. Clark, D.D.S.

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I am a dentist in the Kansas City, MO. area willing to help in the world where dental health care is needed and appreciated. To date we have established a dental clinic in Israel and evaluated the healthcare delivery system in Havana Cuba. Serving my community at this time as a photo journalist also.

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