Pediatric Dentistry

At Mangrove Bay Dentistry in Tampa, we provide gentle and compassionate oral health care for children of all ages, not just adults!

Tampa Pediatric Dentist

Dr. Toan Tran and his team thoroughly enjoy working with children. We recommend that your child’s first dental visit be six months after the appearance of the first tooth, or sooner if you have any questions. For most babies, this is around age one.

A Care Team You Can Trust

We know parents have special concerns for their children and establishing trust with us is important. We are familiar with the oral health of children from infancy through the their teenage years. When you bring your children here, you will soon find you can relax and your children will be happy. We know how to work with kids at each stage of development and gently perform needed dental procedures. We will always spend time with you, updating you about your child’s oral health, answering your questions and helping you help your children establish healthy habits to preserve their smiles for life.

Everything You Need in One Office

Imagine bringing your children to the same dentist you yourself see. They will feel at ease when they see how comfortable you are in our office. And, because we offer the full range of dental services, you, your spouse, your parents, and children won’t have to travel to various locations.

With your children in mind, here are the pediatric dental services we offer:

  • Diagnostic and preventative dentistry – cleanings and oral exams, fluoride treatments
  • Fillings and other dental restorations
  • After the permanent teeth erupt, protective sealants if needed
  • Sports mouth guards
  • Early orthodontic evaluation for referral to an orthodontist at the appropriate time in your child’s development

Pediatric Dental Procedures

There are a variety of dental treatments offered to prevent tooth decay in children, or to save or repair teeth when necessary. They include:

Topical Fluoride Varnish — Although there is a small amount of fluoride in toothpastes and in some drinking water supplies, a higher concentration can be applied safely to your child’s teeth for maximum protection. The applied fluoride will incorporate into the enamel of the teeth, making them harder and more resistant to decay.

Dental Sealants — A plastic coating can be applied at the dental office to prevent cavities by sealing the little grooves on the chewing surfaces of back teeth known as “pits and fissures.” It’s in these little crevices that oral bacteria commonly cause decay.

Tooth-Colored Fillings – Tooth-colored resin fillings are applied to dental cavities after decayed tooth structure is gently removed. Your child’s smile will not be marred by these fillings, as the fillings are color matched to the surrounding tooth enamel and blend in completely.

Bonding — Chips in dental enamel and minor fractures can be repaired with tooth-colored bonding materials. These lifelike resins can be used on baby teeth as well as permanent teeth.

Crowns — If substantial tooth structure is damaged, a filling or bonding may not provide a strong and long-lasting restoration. In these cases, a stainless crown (silver) that covers the entire tooth may be used to save the tooth. If a crown is needed on a primary tooth, less expensive materials will be used than would be for an adult tooth after facial growth is completed.

Root Canal Treatment — Sometimes a tooth becomes so decayed it needs root canal therapy prior to a crown.

Dental Extraction — If a tooth is abscessed and your child is in acute pain, the infection may need to be controlled by dental extraction. Sometimes primary teeth do not fall out easily or at the time permanent teeth are erupting. If extraction will make your child more comfortable or be of value for your child’s developing tooth alignment, Dr. Tran will fully inform you and provide comfortable tooth removal. If needed, he will provide a space maintainer to maintain adequate space for eruption of the permanent tooth or teeth.

Local Anesthetic — When a local anesthetic will block discomfort and help your child relax, Dr. Tran will numb your child’s gums with topical anesthetic before gently injecting the anesthetic. Dr. Tran is known for his painless injections. In addition, we also have nitrous oxide (laughing gas) to help patients with anxiety.

Orthodontic Evaluation — There are many orthodontic problems that can be detected early. By around age 7, Dr. Tran will be able to determine if early orthodontics will be needed to help direct proper tooth positioning and/or jaw growth that will eliminate or simplify the need for later orthodontic treatment.

Custom Sports Mouthguards — If your child is active in sports, a custom-made mouthguard is highly recommended by Dr. Tran. According to the American Dental Association and Academy of Sports Dentistry, an athlete is 60 times more likely to suffer dental harm when not wearing one of these protective devices. A custom mouthguard is made specifically for your child using a model of his or her teeth. This will offer greater protection than an off-the-shelf model. It’s an investment that pays off highly in the form of reduced pain, suffering — and dental expenses down the road!

Transitions in Your Child’s Oral Heal Development

Dr. Tran recommends that you read this supplement of Dear Doctor magazine, which provides a wide-ranging overview of milestones and transitions in your child’s dental development. Learn how to protect your children from tooth decay, dental injuries, and unhealthy habits while getting them started on the road to a lifetime of oral health and general well-being.

More Recommended Online Resources from Dear Doctor Magazine

We Look Forward to Being Your Child’s Dentist

Whether your child needs regular dental care or urgent treatment, you are welcome to schedule an initial visit. Call us today at (813) 314-7137 to discuss your needs. We will happily guide you in becoming part of our dental family.