Dental treatment for young kids can be a challenging and fearful experience for both parents and children. It can seem impossible for children to sit still and, unfortunately, this makes it hard for them to sit safely through a “drill and fill” procedure.
At Whitehorse Dental, your kids will be as comfortable and happy as possible with our no-drill dentistry service. No-drill dentistry is great for young kids who need fillings because the treatment is quick and non-invasive. The treatment is ideal for fidgety or anxious children.
In the past, when young children had cavities that needed fixing, they would require a general anaesthetic to complete the procedure. General anaesthetic added huge costs and stress for parents and, with these barriers, it’s no wonder dental decay has become one of the most prevalent health problems in Australia.
How does no-drill dentistry work?
No-drill dentistry is made possible by a special medication called Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF). It’s a liquid medication painted onto the decayed teeth. When applied, SDF stops the cavity from getting any bigger because silver kills all the bacteria causing tooth decay. Additionally, fluoride hardens the tooth surface.
If the decay is small, nothing else needs to be done because the tooth is well-protected by the treatment. Where there is a physical cavity, depending on the situation, we may either fill it (with no need for drilling) or place a protective silver crown. We call this a “princess crown” or a “superman tooth” and kids love how sparkly and shiny it is. We’ve also designed our crown procedure specifically for children.
With no need to drill, the treatment is quick and gentle. Additionally, the ease of the procedure makes it possible to treat even multiple cavities in kids without the need for sedation or general anaesthetic.
Kids no-drill dentistry is suitable for kids of any age.