Northeast Pediatric Dental

Northeast Pediatric Dental

Get On the Right Track
With Your Child's Dental Health

Pediatric Dental Services

Serving Pediatric Dentistry to Philadelphia, Elkins Park, Jenkintown, Rockledge, Huntingdon Valley, Rhawnhurst, Fox Chase, and the surrounding areas

Located in northeast Philadelphia, Northeast Pediatric Dental has been serving infants, children and adolescents for over 35 years from our kid-friendly and joyful office. We believe in providing high quality, caring, patient-oriented treatment at reasonable fees and in a timely manner. Our staff aim to apply the highest standards of excellence to the way we practice dentistry, and to provide a safe and pleasant environment for you and your child alike when visiting our dental clinic.

We are excited to meet you and care for your child’s dental needs!

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Preventive Care

Studies have shown that children with good oral health tend to eat better, learn better, do better in school, and develop higher confidence.
 
During your child’s preventative visit, we use special tools to get those pearly whites glowing bright! Your child will be evaluated to make sure both his/her gums and teeth are healthy, and ensure no oral disease is present. Growth and development will be evaluated and any potential concerns discussed.

Fluoride Treatment

Teeth are composed of many tiny pieces called molecules that attach to each other. Throughout the day these tiny pieces are constantly breaking apart and reforming depending on our diet. Fluoride can be thought of as a “glue” for these pieces by keeping the molecules more tightly bound together and less prone to breaking apart. Topical fluoride treatment is effective in protecting children’s teeth and reducing cavities.

Dental Sealants

Think of the top (chewing) surface of a tooth as mountains with many grooves. When your child eats, food gets caught into those grooves.  Although daily brushing is essential, applying dental sealant will enhance the ability to keep those hard to reach areas clean. A dental sealant flows into the grooves “sealing” the tooth and reducing the probability of cavities.


Radiographs

Radiographs (or x-rays) are an essential part of our diagnostic protocol. Without them, dental conditions may go undetected. Dental x-rays detect much more than dental cavities. They allow the dentist to evaluate growth and development, bone health, pathology, and evaluate trauma. At Northeast Pediatric Dental we are using the latest dental x-ray technology with very minimal exposure.

Restorative Care

It is our goal to make your child’s dental appointment as easy and enjoyable as possible!  At Northeast Pediatric Dental we promote healthy smiles in a friendly and compassionate environment. Our doctor and professional staff will discuss treatment options that will allow your child a stress-free dental experience. 

In preparation for your appointment, try to refrain from using words such as needle, hurt, pull, and drill. Dr. Lee and her staff are well versed and will explain everything to your child in a kid-friendly way.  You can count on our team to calm your anxious child and answer all questions from your “Curious George”. 

Crowns

If your child’s cavity is too large to restore with a tooth colored filling, a crown may be recommended. Crowns help protect the baby teeth, providing structure for the tooth. Crowning a tooth also maintains the space, allowing the eventual permanent tooth to erupt properly. 

Baby Root Canals

Baby root canals are often needed when the cavity approaches the nerve of the tooth. This procedure stops the progress of the cavity and minimizes the chances of an infection or abscess. The procedure is completed by cleaning out the center of the tooth where the nerve lives and placing soothing medicine. The tooth is then protected by placing a crown, as mentioned above.

Space Maintenance

The baby teeth serve as space holders for the permanent teeth. With the loss of a baby tooth, neighboring teeth start migrating into that vacant space potentially causing space problems as your child grows. This may lead to the need for extensive orthodontic treatment at a later age. To minimize this potential situation, a space maintainer is placed in that area to hold the space open, so that the adult tooth can erupt in a more appropriate position.

Tooth Color Filings

Should your child have a cavity, we use a resin tooth-colored filling to restore function and comfort to your child’s tooth. These fillings restore teeth to an attractive, healthy state!

Extractions

Your child may need to have a tooth extracted. Most often, extractions are indicated due to infection or for orthodontic purposes. Dr. Lee will review your child’s needs and discuss treatment options with you.  

Sedation Dentistry

Nitrous Oxide

Laughing gas is the common term for nitrous oxide. This is a safe and mild method used during dental procedures. Your child will be awake and responsive throughout the procedure, in a more relaxed state.    

Because this type of dentistry is short-lived with a gentle effect, it is often used for children. Nitrous oxide puts patients at ease so they can remain relaxed during dental procedures allowing the anxious child a more pleasant dental experience!

Conscious Sedation

Oral conscious sedation (OCS) is a safe, effective, and non-invasive method to help increase cooperation and reduce anxiety and discomfort/pain associated with dental treatment.

 Various medications can be used to sedate a child and are selected based on your child’s age, overall health, level of anxiety, and dental treatment recommendations.