On the first visit your child will be introduced to our dental team and allows time to see the office and become comfortable. Please do not be upset if your child cries. Children are often afraid of anything new and strange, and crying is the normal reaction to that fear. Depending on need, x-rays may be taken to determine your child's present dental condition. Following the exam, findings and recommendations will be discussed. Your child will receive a cleaning and fluoride treatment, any additional services will be scheduled at a later date.

Children can keep their teeth a lifetime with the help of their parents. Eating right, brushing and flossing and visiting the dentist. Most dental disease is preventable. Starting at age 1 regular visits to the dentist are essential. These are some of the services we provide.

An examination is a clinical look at the mouth and teeth. The teeth are checked for cavities, they are counted to see which are primary or permanent or if there are any missing. The mouth is checked to see if there are any sores on the lips and gums.

Prophy and Fluoride
A prophy is the dental procedure where the teeth are cleaned with a dental toothpaste and rubber cupped toothbrush. Fluoride is applied topically to the teeth to help prevent cavities.

SDF or Siver Diammine Fluoride
Is a topical medicament used to treat and prevent dental caries and relieve dental sensitivity.

Radiographs or x-rays are taken to help diagnose the presence of cavities, how large a cavity is and if there are any missing or malformed teeth.

A sealant is a clear shaded plastic material that is applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (premolars and molars), where decay occurs most often. This sealant acts as a barrier, protecting the decay-prone areas of the teeth from plaque and acid.

A filling is what is placed in the tooth once all the decay is removed to restore the tooth to a functioning condition.

A pulpotomy or "baby root canal" is the dental procedure that removes the top portion of the nerve tissue. A pulpotomy is done when the decay has reached the nerve in the center of the tooth. A special filling material is placed in the tooth and then a filling or crown needs to be placed over it.

Zirconia Crowns
White crowns that are placed on primary teeth that have large areas of decay that could possibly break if restored with a simple filling. They are extremely esthetic and blend in with the surrounding natural teeth.

An extraction is the removal of a primary or permanent tooth.

Mouth guards
A mouth guard can reduce the incidence and the severity of injuries during sports and athletic activities. Mouth guards protect against injuries to the teeth and lips, jaw and neck.

Teeth Whitening
Teeth Whitening is a dental procedure for the adult dentition that can lighten and brighten the color of the teeth.

Space Maintainers
A space maintainer is needed if the primary molar is lost prematurely and the permanent molar has not erupted. Without the space maintainer the teeth may tip or shift causing a loss of space for the erupting permanent teeth.

Pediatric Partial Dentures
A pediatric partial is a cosmetic replacement for the early loss of the primary front teeth.
Special Services

Digital Radiography
Digital radiography is designed to make taking X-rays simpler and safer, up to 90% less radiation to the patient.

Types of Anesthesia
Anesthesia for children can make dental treatment a comfortable experience. It allows parents to choose the treatment recommended rather than making non-optimal choices due to a child's fear and anxiety. It also reduces the stress of treatment for patients who gag easily.

Local Anesthesia
Local anesthesia is the administering of an anesthetic that causes a temporary numbness to the tongue, lip and face it can last 2-3 hours. We have available OraVerse that can speed up the reversal of numbness. It is administered in the same way the anesthetic is given.

Nitrous Oxide
Nitrous oxide sedation is of great benefit in relieving anxiety. It works well on children who are anxious but cooperative. An uncooperative child will often not allow the mask to be placed over the nose. It also requires a child of sufficient age to understand what is happening during the procedure.

Intravenous Sedation
Intravenous sedation has the advantage of the procedure being controllable and readily reversible. Children remain in a sleep state, resulting from the use of intravenous anesthetics, through the procedure in a safe, controlled and monitored setting.

General Anesthesia
General anesthesia is an ambulatory procedure done in the operating room at Staten Island University Hospital. Inhalation gases and intravenous anesthetics are administered throughout the procedure. The children are continually monitored in a controlled setting.