Dr. Kitley and his caring staff provide the following services:
Age one dental visit (recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry)
A child’s first dentist appointment should be within six months of the first tooth’s arrival or when a child turns 1. Since even the youngest children can get decay, it is important to visit the dentist regularly. You might be thinking “How is my 1 year old going to sit still for the dentist?” During these early visits we aren’t expecting toddlers to sit in the dental chair. They will be more comfortable on a parent’s lap. We expect toddlers to act like toddlers, not adults. Laughing, crying, shyness and smiling are all a frequent part of any little one’s day. It’s OK. This visit is intended to be educational for parents so that you will know what you can do to prevent oral problems. Both parents are welcome to be present!
We recommend routine dental cleanings for several reasons. When we perform a professional cleaning, we remove the buildup of plaque and tartar. We also clean the parts of your child’s teeth that are hard to reach, such as underneath the gums.
After a cleaning, we will polish your child’s teeth so that they shine! We can also apply a fluoride treatment, if necessary, to help prevent tooth decay.
Low Dose Digital X-rays
X-rays help us look inside your child’s teeth for problems invisible to the naked eye. We can often diagnose cavities much more quickly with an X-ray. They are also helpful for finding any gum or teeth problems that we need to address.
Sealants work only on the biting surface of the tooth so good oral hygiene will still need to be practiced to reduce the risk of cavities. Nutrition is also important. After they get a sealant, it is important that your children don’t eat things that are hard because they can break the sealant.
We use tooth-colored fillings called composites to fix cavities. In most cases you won’t even be able to see where the filling is.
The pulp is found at the center of every tooth. The main goal of pulp therapy is to save a tooth that is becoming infected. This keeps infection from spreading deeper and killing the tooth. A medicine is placed deep into the tooth, then a filling or crown is placed over the medicine. Children are kept comfortable during this short procedure.
Tooth extractions can be necessary for many reasons. Some teeth are too diseased to save. There are times when a tooth is too damaged or broken. Sometimes a child’s orthodontist recommends extractions to help align the teeth properly. We work closely with area orthodontists and can provide that service. We will always do a thorough examination and go through your options with you to help you determine the best course of action for your child.
Let’s change the text to: In cases where the tooth is too weakened by decay to be fixed with a filling, a crown may be needed. A crown can protect the tooth and hold it together. Crowns can also fix teeth that are broken. There are different kinds of crowns and options will be discussed to help you decide what treatment will be best for your child will receive.
Space maintainers are used when children lose their baby teeth early. This sometimes happens due to trauma or even decay. When a tooth is lost, other teeth will shift to fill in the space. Though this sounds good, it actually can cause a lot of spacing and alignment problems when the adult teeth start to come in. Because of this, spacers are used to fill in the space where the tooth is missing so that the other teeth stay in place.
Nitrous Oxide is a way to help an anxious or impulsive child feel comfortable and relaxed for dental treatment. It also helps in children with an easily-triggered gag reflex.
During this type of sedation, a child remains conscious but is very relaxed and may feel drowsy at times. They are typically able to sit still for longer periods of time which makes it possible to complete needed dental work in one single visit. Conscious sedation is appropriate for extremely anxious, fearful or uncooperative children, for children needing a lot of treatment, and children with special needs. Dr. Kitley has the education, training, certification, and skill to administer this type of sedation safely and effectively.
In some cases, it is appropriate to perform dental treatment under general anesthesia in a hospital operating room. Dr. Kitley does these cases at Central DuPage Hospital where the facilities and staff are excellent.
We also offer:
- Laser frenectomy (for tongue-tie and lip-tie)
- School Exams/Forms, as mandated by the State of Illinois for children in Kindergarten, grade 2, grade 6, and grade 9.