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The team at Foothills Pediatric Dentistry specializes in helping children grow up with beautiful smiles. We encourage prevention through early and regular visits. It is our privilege to treat your children and your trust gives us a unique opportunity to make a difference in their lives. We realize each child is exceptional and strive to provide care tailored to fit his or her needs.
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A dental cleaning is a professional cleaning you receive from a dentist or dental hygienist. Most dental cleanings take only between 25 and 30 minutes. Cleanings should be performed every six months to prevent excessive plaque buildup. Plaque left untreated can lead to unhealthy gums and tooth decay. A routine dental cleaning should include scaling, root planing and polishing.
These coatings fill up the grooves of our back teeth which are the easiest places to get decay. They are usually easy to apply and do not require numbing of the teeth. With regular maintenance, these coatings seal out cavities in our back teeth.
A baby tooth usually stays in until a permanent tooth underneath pushes it out and takes its place. Unfortunately, some children lose a baby tooth too soon. A tooth might be knocked out accidentally or removed because of dental disease. When a tooth is lost too early, your pediatric dentist may recommend a space maintainer to prevent future space loss and dental problems for permanent teeth.
A filling is a way to restore a tooth damaged by decay back to its normal function and shape. If you have a tooth that requires a filling, the dentist will first remove the decayed tooth material, clean the affected area, and then fill the cleaned out cavity with a filling material. A filling also helps prevent further decay by closing off any cracks or spaces where bacteria can enter.
Crowns are used to restore and enhance teeth that are heavily damaged. A crown not only strengthens a tooth, but it can improve a tooth's appearance, shape and alignment.
Crowns may be used to:
• Replace a large filling when there is little tooth structure remaining.
• Protect a weak tooth from fracturing.
• Restore a fractured tooth.
• Cover a discolored or poorly shaped tooth.
• Cover a tooth that has had root canal treatment.
Pulpotomies are necessary in instances where the pulp of a tooth has become infected due to deep decay or a crack within the tooth and the infected areas need to be removed. In pulpotomy, all of the coronal pulp tissue is removed from the crown (visible portion of the tooth above the gums) but the pulp tissue in the root canals remain. This is different than a pulpectomy in which all of the pulp is removed from both the root canals and crown. Damage to the pulp becomes visible when a pocket of pus forms at the tip of the tooth root (abscess). If left alone, the infection in the tooth will spread and cause further damage to the bone around the tooth. This can lead to the tooth falling out.
Pulpectomy is necessary in instances where the pulp of a tooth have become infected due to deep decay or a crack within the tooth and needs to be removed entirely. This is different than pulpotomy in which the pulp tissue in the crown (visible portion of the tooth above the gums) of the tooth is removed but the pulp tissue in the root canals remain. Damage to the pulp becomes visible when a pocket of pus forms at the tip of the tooth root (abscess). If left alone, the infection in the tooth will spread and cause further damage to the bone around the tooth. This can lead to the tooth falling out.
The procedure for pulpectomy consists of making a small hole in the tooth. From there, the dead nerves, blood vessels, and debris are removed from each canal in the tooth. The root canals are then reshaped, disinfected and filled with an inert material.
Nitrous Oxide sedation, also known as “laughing gas” is commonly used to make treatment more comfortable. This sedation is inhaled through a mask that allows you to breathe in the medication and induces a state of relaxation. Local anesthetic will be administered in conjunction with nitrous oxide to eliminate pain.
We are dedicated to providing our patients with high quality care and base our treatment recommendations on your child's needs. If you recently added your child to your insurance or acquired new insurance, please determine possible “waiting periods” and if any referral forms are required by your policy. Please bring that information with you to your next visit.
1. We are in network providers for Delta Dental and Cigna PPO plans. We are in-network with BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee commercial plans and some of the other states, but due to the fact that there are so many varied BCBS plans across many states, please check with your Insurance provider to verify in-network or out-of-network benefits.
2. We will ask that you pay your estimated portion due on the date of service based upon verification of your dental insurance benefits.
3. During future visits, any fees not covered by your insurance will be due the day of child's appointment.
4. We accept cash, checks, Visa, MasterCard, and Discover. As an additional option, we also provide third party financing through Care Credit.
PLEASE NOTE: In light of the new “Affordable Care ACT” and the dental insurance policies that are being purchased through it, we suggest that you thoroughly check your benefits before your child’s dental appointment if purchased through the ACA, due to deductibles/benefits may be under the same umbrella as your medical insurance and result in a MUCH higher deductible to be met before dental benefits apply.
We are delighted you have chosen our team to provide your child's dental care. We want to share some information to help you prepare for your visit to our office. We are not your typical dental office … as specialists in dentistry for children, our approach may be different from what you are accustomed to experiencing at a general dentist's office. The following information will help you and your child prepare to have a fun and informative visit!
1. A parent or legal guardian must be present for the initial appointment. We invite you to stay with your child during the initial visit. This is a great way for you to see our office and team in action. We want to build trust with your child through age appropriate terminology, friendliness, compassion, and consistency.
2. Our goal for the first visit is to provide parents with "anticipatory guidance" concerning dietary habits, brushing routines, fluoride exposure, and answer any concerns you have. We will review your child's medical history, do a thorough exam, and assess the health of your child's teeth, gums, head, neck and developing bite.
3. During the first visit we perform an exam and x-rays if necessary. This helps build a relationship with you and your child. Our goal is to introduce dentistry in a fun, non-threatening manner. If your child needs any treatment whether it be a cleaning, or fillings, future visits will be based on the positive foundation built from the initial visit. There are many books (Berenstain Bears, Barney, Rabbits First Tooth, etc.) which can be read to your child or a storyline similar to the example below can be used to tell them what to expect.
“The dentist will help you keep your teeth healthy. The dentist will count them and make them sparkle with a special toothbrush. They might take some pictures to see inside your teeth and will give you a new tooth brush to keep them clean. Afterward you can pick something from the prize box!”
4. Please do not threaten a visit to the dentist as punishment. Instead, help your child understand that healthy foods and brushing keeps their teeth healthy and strong.
5. If you are bringing non-appointed children, we ask you to bring another adult with you. Siblings may be asked to remain in the waiting room play area.
6. Please arrive about 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment, so we might answer any questions you may have prior to seeing your child.
We strive to provide the highest quality care for you and your child. We look forward to meeting your family. Please contact us if you have any questions. We are happy to assist with your needs.
Foothills Pediatric Dentistry
121 Parliament Dr.
Maryville, TN 37804 Google Maps
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Monday 8:00am to 4:30pm
Tuesday 8:00am to 4:30pm
Wednesday 8:00am to 4:30pm
Thursday 8:00am to 4:30pm
Friday 8:00am to 3:00pm