Pediatric Dentist in Lawrence, MA
Andover Pediatric Dentistry provides comprehensive dental care for children and patients with special needs. The heart of our practice is preventive care, which lays the foundation for a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. When a tooth has been damaged by decay or injury, our pediatric dentists can restore its appearance, function, and strength with restorative dentistry, including dental fillings, pediatric dental crowns, and pulp treatment. Our pediatric dental practice in Lawrence also offers both orthodontics and interceptive orthodontics, which uses oral appliances to prevent orthodontic issues from developing in the future. When necessary, we can perform procedures using dental sedation and anesthesia.
Lawrence Pediatric Dentistry
Monday | 7:30 AM – 4 PM
Tuesday | 8:30 AM – 5 PM
Wednesday | 7:30 AM – 4 PM
Thursday | 7:30 AM – 4 PM
Friday | 7:30 AM – 12 PM
Saturday | Closed
Sunday | Closed
Frequently Asked Questions About Pediatric Dentistry
When should orthodontic treatment start?
Both the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Dental Association recommend that parents bring their children to the dentist by their first birthday or within six months of the eruption of their first tooth. These early dental visits help your child feel comfortable at our office and prevent tooth decay.
When should children start going to the dentist?
Just like adults, children should see the dentist every six months for comprehensive oral evaluations and dental cleanings.
How often do children need to see the dentist?
Children should first see an orthodontist by the age of 7. During this initial assessment, our orthodontist will evaluate their teeth and bite in order to determine if treatment is needed immediately or whether it will be needed within the next few years. Although most kids don’t need to begin treatment at 7, there are some situations in which it may be recommended.
Is it safe to sedate a child for dental work?
Yes, our Lawrence pediatric dental practice follows all sedation guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry to ensure the safety of our patients. Our preferred form of sedation is nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, which has very few side effects or risks, but we also offer several levels of dental sedation to accommodate every child’s needs.
What is considered a pediatric dental emergency?
Whenever a tooth needs urgent treatment in order to save it or if your child is in severe pain, we consider it a dental emergency. Please contact us right away so we can arrange to see you as soon as we can.
How long does it take for dental sedation to wear off?
We usually use nitrous oxide for dental sedation, which wears off within seconds of removing the mask from your child’s nose. Other forms of sedation can take up to a few hours to completely wear off.
Is it worth fixing cavities in baby teeth?
Yes, unless a tooth is about to fall out on its own, cavities should be addressed. An untreated cavity can cause pain, discomfort, and more serious dental issues.
How can I strengthen my child’s teeth?
There are several ways to make sure a child’s teeth are strong and resistant to cavities. Strong teeth start from within—water with fluoride and calcium-rich foods are both important for dental health. Your child should brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, and have fluoride treatments applied at least twice a year during their dental check-ups. If your child has a history of tooth decay, we may recommend fluoride treatments up to four times a year to keep their teeth healthy.
Does insurance cover braces for children?
Most dental insurance plans provide coverage for braces for patients under the age of 18, but plans can vary, so it’s important to check with your insurer to verify your benefits.
Should kids get dental x-rays?
We take a conservative approach to dental x-rays, as recommended by the ADA and AAPD. Children who are at high risk for tooth decay should get x-rays every 6 to 12 months; children who still have their primary teeth should have x-rays every 12 to 24 months, while adolescents with permanent teeth need x-rays every 18 to 36 months. We use state-of-the-art digital radiography equipment, which emits lower radiation than traditional x-rays.
What People Are Saying About Our Lawrence, MA Pediatric Dentist
“I am 19 years old and I have been going here for any dental treatment ever since I can remember and have never had a bad experience. I absolutely adore the staff. They make each and every visit pleasant and pain free. I highly recommend them to anyone who needs a dentist and is looking for the best treatment and wonderful service.”
“I brought both of my children ages 4 & 2, to the Lawrence office and they had an amazing experience. The patient service was excellent and very professional. My children did not stop talking about the visit the entire day!”
“Anyone with children with special needs I highly recommend this dental office! I am so pleased with how well they worked with my daughter today! I’ve been back and forth to Boston dental for my kids and I no longer have to search for the perfect dentist!!! I will be recommending this office to all of my friends with small children.”