Frequently Asked Pediatric Dentistry Questions
Many parents (especially first-time ones) have questions about pediatric dentistry and what to expect when bringing their son or daughter in for care. Thankfully, Dr. Marty and the rest of our team can share plenty of answers in return! We’ve compiled some of the frequently asked pediatric dentistry questions we receive and their answers below in one convenient place. If you’ve already read through this page and can’t find the information you want, that’s not a problem either. Just contact us today in Lincoln, NE to discuss the matter directly – we’re happy to help.
What’s the difference between a children’s dentist and a pediatric dentist?
Anyone can call themselves a children’s dentist, but only pediatric dentists like Dr. Marty have undergone multiple years of specialized training after their completion of dental school. They’re fully devoted to understanding the unique needs of developing smiles at every stage – from infancy all the way up to young adulthood!
When should my child have their first dental visit?
In most cases, Dr. Marty recommends that parents should start planning an appointment when their child’s first baby tooth emerges or by the time they turn one-year-old – whichever happens first. This visit is definitely a short one, but it will help your son or daughter become accustomed to the dental office and start feeling comfortable here. We can’t wait to start guiding their new smile down the right path!
My child sucks their finger/thumb all the time. Is that okay?
It depends. Our first question will be: how old are they? It’s very, very normal for infants and toddlers to suck their fingers for some added comfort, but definitely keep an eye on them as they grow. If your child still resorts to thumb sucking past the age of four, this habit could start to have negative effects on the development of their teeth and jaw; these problems could even result in the need for orthodontic treatment later in life. Don’t worry, though – our team can provide helpful guidance on how to break the cycle gently.
My child is REALLY nervous about visiting the dentist. Can you help?
Yes! Dr. Marty has a unique talent for helping even very young children feel at ease in the treatment chair, and if some extra help is needed, professional sedation is also available. We offer mild nitrous oxide (also known as “laughing gas”) and general anesthesia in a hospital setting for more advanced cases. Your son or daughter’s safety will always be our #1 priority!
Do you see children with special needs?
Absolutely. ALL children are welcome here at Wilderness Station Pediatric Dentistry, and our team can work with parents to make all of the necessary accommodations ahead of time so that your loved one’s upcoming visit is safe, smooth, and smile-inducing.
Are baby teeth really THAT important? They’re just going to fall out!
While baby teeth (also known as primary teeth) are temporary, your child definitely needs them! In addition to helping them chew food and speak clearly, they also hold open the space that permanent teeth will erupt into once they’re ready. The premature loss of these teeth can lead to some serious problems, so please reach out to our Lincoln team if any cavities develop.
Do you take dental insurance?
Yes! Wilderness Station Pediatric Dentistry is in-network with several major insurances, and we’ll be happy to file claims on your family’s behalf. Please visit our Patients Page to learn more about your payment options, or contact us directly.