Dental Care for Children to Help Set Up a Lifetime of Good Oral Health
The Irving and Jeanne Tapper Dental Center at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital is specially designed just for children and staffed by pediatric dentists, dental residents and staff who are experts in the care of kids.
In dental care, as in health care in general, children are not just small adults. Young people have unique dental health needs as they move from infancy to toddlerhood, childhood, and adolescence, and can benefit from the care of specialists who are trained and experienced in working with children. Pediatric dentists are also skilled in communicating with children of different ages and developmental levels to let them know what is happening and decrease fear and anxiety.
Many parents believe that as long as children brush their teeth, there is no reason for them to see a dentist unless a problem arises, but routine dental care – visiting a pediatric dentist for a cleaning and exam every six months – is key to a lifetime of good oral health. Many dental problems only develop noticeable symptoms, like pain or swelling, after the problem has persisted over time. The pediatric dentists at Rainbow’s Tapper Dental Center can spot warning signs of problems before they become emergencies, preventing painful and expensive dental problems from developing.
Pediatric Dental Services
In-office services include routine screenings and cleanings, as well as restorative procedures to bring your child’s teeth back to good health. Restorative dentistry includes:
- Filling cavities
- Extractions (removing teeth)
- Pulpotomies and pulpectomies (treating the nerve)
- Space maintainers (preventing other teeth from shifting when a baby tooth is missing)
Rainbow’s Tapper Dental Center also provides care for emergency issues, such as a chipped or broken tooth, loss of a permanent tooth, severe toothache, or serious injury.
If your child needs extensive or complicated procedures, the pediatric dentists at Rainbow’s Tapper Dental Center may recommend use of general anesthesia in an operating room to keep your child safe and comfortable during the procedure.
For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call: 216-844-3080.
Dental Care for Children with Special Health Care Needs
The pediatric experts in Rainbow’s Irving and Jeanne Tapper Dental Center also provide preventive and restorative dental care for children with special health care needs or behavioral issues that make it difficult for them to receive care in a traditional dental office. Rainbow’s dental specialists coordinate care with over 30 pediatric specialties to create healthier outcomes for our young patients. Specially designed chairs and equipment, private rooms for children with sensory issues, and specially trained staff allow the experts at Rainbow’s Tapper Dental Center to provide compassionate, high quality care for children who face medical or behavioral challenges.
Special Medical Conditions
Or experts are specially trained in treating children with:
- Cardiovascular anomalies
- Coagulation and bleeding disorders
- Craniofacial anomalies
- Endocrine abnormalities
- Immuno-suppressed diseases
- Kidney conditions
- Muscular and neuromuscular disorders
- Organ transplant and stem cell transplant
- Spinal cord injuries
- Spina bifida
- Unilateral and bilateral cleft lip and palate
- Other medical conditions
Developmental or Behavioral Issues
The Irving and Jeanne Tapper Dental Center also operates Rainbow’s Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, which brings dental care directly into communities to meet the dental health needs of children in areas with limited access to dental practices, or a limited number of providers that will accept children with Medicaid insurance.