Asheville
(828) 274-9220
  Asheville
(828) 274-9220
  Sylva
(828) 586-9333
  Sylva
(828) 586-9333
  Waynesville
(828) 454-9156
  Waynesville
(828) 454-9156
Great Beginnings Pediatric Dental

Great Beginnings Board Certified Pediatric Dentists

Great Beginnings Pediatric Dental

Great Beginnings Board Certified Pediatric Dentists

Dental Treatments & Procedures

Dental Treatments & Procedures

At Great Beginnings, we provide a wide range of dental treatment procedures for your child. The flexibility in our services saves you time and keeps your total dental care within one practice. Our emphasis is on total preventive care for our patients. Total care begins with regular hygiene visits, regular checkups and continued home oral health routines.

We provide many preventative measures to keep your child's teeth clean and healthy, including sealants and fluoride treatments. We also educate the parents in early detection of some common problems children may face, including thumb sucking, bruxism and baby bottle tooth decay.

Our primary goal for your child's dental development is to achieve and maintain optimum oral health through advances in techniques, technologies and by maintaining their scheduled dental exams.

 

Dental Treatments

Conventional Treatment

We are pleased to offer a fun facility and the expertise and training of our Great Beginnings staff and pediatric dentists to provide care to our patients. Our staff obtains the cooperation of our child or adolescent patients by using warmth, friendliness, persuasion, humor, charm, gentleness, kindness and understanding. There are several behavior management techniques used by Dr. Chambers, Dr. Baechtold, Dr. Pratt, Dr. Haldeman and pediatric dental staff during a visit with each patient.

These techniques include:
  • Tell-Show-Do
  • Modeling from other patients
  • Positive reinforcement
  • Distraction — music, pictures on the ceiling, movies
  • Helpful tools — mouth pillows, rubber raincoats
  • Patients become the doctor and fix Ellie the Elephant's (a puppet) teeth
  • iPads

During your new patient visit, we will explore the options that are best for your child.

Hospital Treatment

Complete dental treatment in one visit while your child is asleep has been recommended. This approach is felt the best when you consider the factors of your child's age, anxiety level, extensive treatment needs and emotional well-being. A short out-patient surgery is an option for a patient with moderate to severe dental needs, acute anxiety reaction or medical history concerns.

For more information about our office's hospital procedures, click on the links below:
  Hospital Day Timeline (PDF)
  Reasons for Hospital Treatment (PDF)

Directions to Asheville Surgical Center
Traveling on Interstate 40 East, take Exit 51. At the red light, you will turn left (this will put you on Sweeten Creek Road/25A South). At the next red light, go straight. At the next red light (3rd light), you will turn right into the Medical Complex. At the top of the hill, you will look to your right and you will see the sign — Asheville Surgical Center (Mission/St. Joseph).

Phone: 828-213-0740

Treatment with Sedation

Many children are calm, comfortable and confident in a pediatric dental office. Because pediatric dentists specialize in treating children, they make children feel special. The office is especially designed for children. The Great Beginnings staff members choose to work in a pediatric dental office because they enjoy kids. Sometimes, however, a child feels anxious during treatment. Your child may need more support than a gentle, caring manner to feel comfortable. Nitrous oxide/oxygen is a safe, effective technique to calm a child's fear of the dental visit.

Our pediatric dental office offers several agents used in conscious sedation. During your new patient visit, we will explore sedation options based on your child's age, level of anxiety, amount of dental work, and length of the appointment.

Please click on the links below to learn more from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry:

Dental Care for Special Children

Click on the link below to learn some valuable information on the special dental needs of children with disabilities from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry:

Find out more about Dental Care for Special Children


 

Specific Procedures

Cleaning and Fluoride

Your child's teeth will be cleaned to remove plaque and calculus (bacteria) that can cause gum disease and tooth decay. Topical fluoride will be applied to the teeth to help them remineralize and become more resistant to tooth decay. A thorough cleaning and fluoride treatment every six months has been shown to be an extremely effective way to prevent dental disease.

Dental Cavities

Tooth decay (cavities or caries) is a progressive disease that often begins in very young children. Decay is a result of the interaction between bacteria that are normally on our teeth and sugars in the everyday diet. The bacteria use those sugars to produce acid. A tooth exposed to this acid will lose mineral, and that loss is the first step toward tooth decay.

Your pediatric dentist can remove the decay and use modern materials such as tooth-colored or silver fillings to restore the tooth to a healthy state. If tooth damage is very severe, there may be nerve damage and a stainless steel crown might be required.

Disking

Disking of primary laterals and canines is a way of gaining space for erupting permanent teeth. This helps the teeth to align more properly by slenderizing primary teeth.

Early Orthodontic Care

It's never too early to keep an eye on your child's oral development. Your pediatric dentist can identify malocclusion (crowded or crooked teeth or bite problems) and actively intervene to guide the teeth as they emerge in the mouth. Orthodontic treatment early can prevent more extensive treatment later.

Click here to learn more from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.

Emergency Care

When your child needs urgent dental treatment, our pediatric dentists stand ready to help.
Below are links for more information about what to do in case of an emergency.

Click here to learn more from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.

 

   Click to view our Emergency Dental Care Quick Reference

If your child needs emergency care, please call our office at:

Asheville
+1 (828) 274-9220
- or -
Waynesville
+1 (828) 454-9156
 
 
 

Enamel Microabrasion

In microabrasion, our dentists carefully apply a compound on the teeth to remove superficial stains and discoloration.

Click here to learn more from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.

Aesthetic Dentistry

Children smile when they are proud of their teeth. At school and at play, they feel more confident. Ask your pediatric dentist about aesthetic dentistry to restore or enhance your child's smile.

Click here to learn more from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.

Extractions

Extractions are done only as a last resort. If a primary molar is removed prematurely, a space maintainer will be placed. Some extractions are needed for orthodontic reasons to help facilitate tooth alignment.

Pulp Treatment

Pulp therapy is the treatment of infected nerves and blood vessels in teeth. Pulp therapy generally becomes necessary for two reasons: either as a result of extensive tooth decay (dental cavities) or as the result of tooth injury.

Failure to provide the necessary pulp therapy could result in your child experiencing pain, infection, swelling or loss of the root. With the proper treatment, the tooth can be preserved for chewing food and maintaining proper space for permanent teeth. This will help your child preserve a healthy, happy smile.

Sealants

The chewing surfaces of children's teeth are the most susceptible to cavities and least benefited by fluorides. Sealants are applied to the tops or chewing surfaces of back teeth and are highly effective in preventing tooth decay. Sealants last generally 3-5 years. Dietary habits such as chewing ice or hard candy can shorten the life expectancy of a sealant. No numbing is required to place them.

Silver Fillings

Silver fillings are used to restore or 'fill' decay in teeth. A tooth has five surfaces (the chewing surface and four sides). The decay may involve any or all of these surfaces.

Space Maintainers

Space maintainers are used when a primary tooth has been prematurely lost, to hold space for the permanent tooth. If space is not maintained, teeth on either side of the extraction site can drift into the space and prevent the permanent tooth from erupting.

Stainless Steel Crowns

Stainless steel crowns are used to restore teeth that are too badly decayed to hold silver or white fillings.

Tooth-Colored Fillings

Tooth-colored fillings are used to restore front or back teeth or where cosmetic appearance is important. Tooth-colored fillings are used to repair fractured teeth and/or areas of decay. The shade of the restorative material is matched as closely as possible to the color of the natural teeth.

X-Ray Use and Safety

In general, children need x-rays more often than adults. Their mouths grow and change rapidly. They are more susceptible to tooth decay than adults. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends x-ray examinations every six months for children with a high risk of tooth decay. Children with a low risk of tooth decay require x-rays less frequently.

Click here to learn more from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.