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Tooth Extractions for Children

Extractions

Does My Child Need a Tooth Extraction?

At times, extractions may be needed. Tooth decay left untreated can cause more damage. This can cause even the toughest all-stars to need a tooth removed. At Great Grin’s Children’s Dentistry, we perform extractions from the comfort of our office.

Tooth Extractions and Your Child

Our goal is to ensure that during the extraction, your child is as comfortable as possible. Before we get started, we will give your child an anesthetic to numb the area and reduce discomfort. We help your child understand that after this point, they won’t feel a thing! However, you will want to talk to your child about being careful not to bite the cheek, lip, or tongue afterward. We recommend that your child not eat any foods that require chewing for a few hours after until they regain feeling in the mouth.

Recovery Time

We strive to make your child’s appointment and recovery as comfortable as possible. After surgery, we place a gel foam in the extraction site. This helps to stop any bleeding. The gel foam goes away on its own and is okay to be swallowed if it comes out. For the first day or two after tooth extractions, stick to calm activities. Do not drink through a straw or brush near the extraction site. Ice packs and pain medication can help with any swelling.

In addition, stress the importance of keeping the mouth clean after tooth extractions with your child. Your child should still brush and floss the teeth around the healing tooth. To clean the extraction site, help your child rinse gently with a glass of warm salt water after meals. Be sure your child doesn’t rinse too vigorously.

Pediatric Dentist in Tucson

Drs. Kedar Lele and Angela Wolfman are diplomates of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. They specialize in dental care for infants, children, and teens. For more information on tooth extractions or to schedule an appointment, contact us today!

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X-Rays: Are They Safe for Children?

Dental X-Rays: What Are They For?

Dental x-rays allow dentists to get an inside look at your child’s teeth and jaw to find issues they are unable to see with the naked eye. Cavities can form between teeth, and x-rays help dentists find them. Some children or adults have extra teeth or are more likely to need braces in the future. X-rays allow dentists to see this. So, how safe are they? Read below to learn more about radiographs and their uses.

Are X-Rays Safe?

Yes—in moderation. According to the American Dental Association (ADA) and The National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP), the amount of radiation we’re exposed to from dental x-rays over the course of our lifetimes is minuscule. The average radiation dose in the U.S. is 6.2 millisieverts (mSv) per year. Only about 3.1 mSv come from natural sources and approximately 3.1 mSv from man-made sources. Roughly half of the man-made radiation exposure is related to CT scanning.*

State laws also set requirements for using radiation. At Great Grin’s children’s dentistry, we comply with all laws and regulations regarding the use and frequency of dental x-rays. We use digital, low-dose radiation x-rays to make them as safe as possible!

Kid’s Dentist in Tucson

In short, the benefits of your child getting a dental x-ray far outweigh the risks. Undetected problems can worsen over time. This can lead to pain and bigger problems in the future. The longer you wait for decay to be treated, the more costly it can be. Dr. Angela Wolfman and Dr. Kedar Lele are happy to answer any questions regarding your child’s dental health. Call Great Grins Children’s Dentistry in Tucson, AZ at (520)325-4746. Whether you have a question regarding insurance, dental x-rays, or appointment scheduling, we are happy to help!

 

*X-Rays. (n.d.). Retrieved July 07, 2016, from http://www.ada.org/en/member-center/oral-health-topics/x-rays.

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Dental Emergency Tucson, AZ

Dental Emergency Information

Emergencies can strike without warning, requiring emergency dental care. Has your child had an accident at school and hurt their teeth? At Great Grins Children’s Dentistry, we offer 24-hour care for patients of record so you can feel comfortable knowing your child is in good hands. In the case of a dental emergency, Drs. Kedar Lele and Angela Wolfman are happy to help.

Call Great Grins in Tucson, AZ

If you have an after-hours emergency and your child is a patient of record at Great Grins, call our office at (520) 325-4746 (GRIN) and follow the instructions to reach our doctors. Remember to remain calm, speak clearly, and leave your contact information in a message. One of our doctors will return your call shortly.

Dental Emergency: What To Do

If your child loses a permanent tooth, there are ways you can help treat the problem at home. As always, remain calm. First, it’s important to find the tooth. Then, hold it by the crown and gently try to reinsert it into the socket. If you notice debris in the tooth, you can gently rinse it in cool water. Do not scrub the tooth. If you’re unable to clean the tooth or reinsert it into the socket, put the tooth in a glass of milk and call us immediately. The tooth has a better chance of being saved if you act fast!

Pediatric Dentist

For more information on dental emergency situations and what to do, click here. For any emergency, the process goes smoother if you have a primary care provider or dentist. Be sure to schedule your child’s regular dental appointments. Infants can be seen as soon as 6 months after their first tooth comes in! At Great Grins Children’s Dentistry, our priority is to establish a dental home for your little one. Call us at (520)325-4746 to schedule a check up and our doctors will be there to help in the future during a dental emergency if  needed.

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Insurance Benefits: Use Them All!

How Insurance Benefits Work

Have you made the most of your insurance benefits this year? Many insurance plans have deductibles that renew every year. These deductibles sometimes have to be met in order for your insurance company to cover any services. When plan deductibles are met, policy holders and dependents have little to no out-of-pocket costs for the rest of their visits until the deductible renews again. If you or your children have met your deductible, it may be useful to visit your health care providers before the year ends!

Dental Insurance Benefits

Dental insurance plans can be a little bit different from medical. Most insurances will cover 2 dental exams and cleanings per year, but some may cover more! Deductibles do not always apply to these exams or other preventive services. If this is the case, your child may not have to meet his/her deductible as long as they do not need dental treatment. Either way, it is best to know your benefits to make the most of them. If your child has only had one dental visit this year, it is very likely that your insurance will cover another before the year ends!

How Do I Know What My Plan Covers?

At Great Grins Children’s Dentistry, we are happy to check dental insurance benefits for your child. We can find out whether they have more exam/cleaning frequencies to use up and help you schedule an appointment! If you are already paying for an insurance plan, why not get the most out of it? You can also call your insurance through the phone number on your card and get information on benefits. Click here to learn more about oral health and browse through insurance plans.

Kid’s Dentist in Tucson

We’re here to help! Call Great Grins Children’s Dentistry at (520)325-4746 or visit us at 3953 E. Paradise Falls Dr. Suite 110, Tucson, AZ 85712 to schedule an appointment for your little one. We are happy to answer any questions you may have!

 

 

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Jewish Community Center Wellness Festival

The Tucson Jewish Community Center and Tucson Medical Center are presenting the 3rd annual Family Wellness Festival! Interested in learning about wellness resources in the Tucson community while having FUN? Join us for this free event on Sunday, October 16, 2016 at the JCC! There will be plenty of hands-on activities for the whole family.

Great Grins at the JCC

Great Grins Children’s Dentistry will be participating at the festival. We will be there to share the importance of dental health with both parents and children! Our team will be handing out information and goodies for the little ones. If you haven’t attended the events that we have been to, you will get to see how much fun our booths can be! The kiddos especially like our bean bag toss, but we have other surprises in store as well. We invite you to attend the event and don’t forget to check in with us.

Jewish Community Center Info

The Jewish Community Center is located at 3800 E. River Rd, right next to the Great Grins office! The Family Wellness Festival is free and the JCC welcomes people of all ages. There will be plenty of exhibitors with useful information for the whole family. Visit the JCC’s website here to learn more about the Wellness  Festival.

Contact Us

Great Grins Children’s Dentistry loves to give back to the community! Dental health is very important to us and we do our best to spread awareness. We participated in the Tucson Jewish Community Center Family Wellness Center last year and enjoyed spending time with families that are trying to better their health. Dr. Lele and Dr. Wolfman truly believe in educating their patients and patients’ families in order to prevent dental problems. Call us at (520)325-4746 to learn more about our office or our participation in the Family Wellness Festival. We look forward to seeing you there!

 

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Win Wet N Wild Tickets This Summer!

Win Wet N Wild Tickets!

Want to do something fun with the family this summer? Great Grins Children’s Dentistry wants to take you and your family to Wet N Wild water park in Phoenix!

To enter, simply “like” our Facebook page AND the contest post dated June 1, 2016. Participants have until June 27, 2016 to enter and winners will be notified on June 28, 2016.

This is your chance to win 4 weekend general admission tickets to Wet N Wild!

Prize Details

The winner receives four (4) general admission (weekend) tickets to Wet N Wild water park located in Phoenix, AZ. EACH general admission ticket is valued up to $42.99+tax. That’s over $170 in prizes! Visit the water park’s website here for more details on general admission.

Official Rules

To be eligible, participants must “like” both Great Grins Children’s Dentistry on Facebook AND “like” the original contest post  shared on June 1, 2016. Participants must “like” the posts between June 1, 2016 and June 27, 2016 to be eligible to win. The winner is chosen at random and notified on June 28, 2016. Winner must be able to pick up prize by July 1st, 2016 at our office location, 3953 E. Paradise Falls Dr. Ste. 110, Tucson, AZ 85712.

Terms and Eligibility Requirements

Participants must be existing or new patients and/or parents of new or existing patients at Great Grins Children’s Dentistry. Participants must be over 18 years of age. By entering, you release Facebook of any liability associated with this contest. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed, or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.

Feel free to contact our office with any questions at (520)325-4746. Good luck and have a great summer!

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Your Infant’s First Dentist Trip: as Easy as 123!

Is it time for your child’s first dental appointment?

If you are feeling anxious about your baby’s first dentist trip, don’t worry! At Great Grins Children’s Dentistry, we perform a knee-to-knee exam for babies to ensure a calmer, less overwhelming trip to the dentist.

If you have been looking for a dentist in Tucson, Dr. Wolfman and Dr. Lele are board certified pediatric dentists that specialize in children’s dental needs.

It’s as Easy as 1-2-3!

Our team is specially trained to work with children, and there are some simple ways to ensure your infant has a great first dentist trip. To prepare, just remember these three easy steps!

1. Hold your child in your lap with their head in another’s lap to practice this position before your appointment.
2. Gently wash your child’s mouth and gums with a wash cloth or infant toothbrush. 
3. Remain calm.

As pediatric dentists, we know little ones can be unpredictable, and even the most prepared child can get overwhelmed and cry. If you show that you’re stressed, it will make it harder to calm your child down as well. We are here to help you and your child relax and be as comfortable as possible throughout the exam.

Contact Us

If you have any questions on how to prepare your child for the first visit, contact our office at 520-325-4746!

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Why a Pediatric Dentist Over Normal Care Dentists

Many kids have an abnormal fear of dentists. This does not come from bad experiences, but rather the look and sounds children hear when they first go the dentist. Many typical dental offices don’t make any special accommodations just because the patient being seen is a child. Because of this fear, it will always be better to take your children to a pediatric dentist office, where all of the staff is trained to deal with children, and where all of the skilled team carries a smile along with their tools. At Great Grins Children’s Dentistry, our pediatric dentists are everything a child could hope for; friendly, inviting, and still knowledgeable and skilled in dentistry.

Not only do our team of highly skilled and experienced professionals take pride in being kid-friendly, but our office itself is designed with little ones in mind. Our sports themed rooms and offices make kids feel at home, and they’re able to enjoy themselves. If your children’s nerves are too much, we even have a therapeutic and hypoallergenic mascot to help.

Unlike many of our competitors, who offer adults and children the same experience, we are only a pediatric and special needs dentistry. By being a true pediatric dentist office, children are more likely to enjoy their time with us, and be willing to come back. The more likely a child is to come back to us is, needless to say, a good sign that they will have a headstart with their dental hygiene. A healthier smile starts with being comfortable at the dentist, and Great Grins Children’s Dentistry really sets the bar. You’ll be pleased with our dentists and our team, without a doubt. Feel free to give us a call at 520-325-4746 to see it for yourself.

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