“Why should we treat our kid’s baby teeth- they are just going to fall out anyway!!”
**If it is 3 am and you cannot get to sleep- keep reading– it should do the trick………
This is a question that we hear on occasion at our pediatric dental office. If parents do not ask us, we know that they are at least thinking it, or asking each other. The dental answer, while not as obvious as it would seem, deals with spacing issues, bite collapse, and possibly pain with extraction. The real answer in our office, for our patients is quite different- which is what makes us very different. Dr Rich (Shulman) and his team feel that yes, they ARE baby teeth, and we TRY NOT to do aggressive treatment if we feel that a tooth has the possibility of falling out before it starts to hurt, or if it is not strategic for space maintenance. Yes, this approach is not your every-day dentist approach, but it is why our patients love us, and their families trust us. Let me say that again: we make every attempt NOT to treat decay in baby teeth. Obviously, every situation is different—some small to moderate areas of decay in teeth not ready to exfoliate for years require early intervention however, I have been living my treatment philosophy with almost 20 years in practice with great success.
Our goal is to have families come here every six months, and ENJOY doing so. This is the best way to build a great relationship with your child should treatment ever be needed. We have Wii, PS3(both on 37” flat screens) a token operated rocket ride (like you would find outside the supermarket), a massage chair, a foot massager, two aquariums, and internet access in the waiting room. We also commissioned a three- wall custom mural, bringing the Caribbean sea into our waiting area. Patients don’t want to leave! EVERY PARENT STAYS WITH THEIR CHILD DURING TREATMENT! We think that it is very important for parents to see just what happens during treatment, and why our office and staff is special., Parents and children feel comfort with the four-way interactions we have during treatment: (dentist, assistant, parent and child). We wouldn’t have it any other way! Our open bay treatment areas utilize digital x ray and digital panorex/cephalometric machines (very low radiation), a dental laser for shot- free treatment, and ultrasonic tooth cleaning. We also have a state of the art sterilization center, and a private quiet room. Dr. Christian Miller (Dr. Chris) our Orthodontist, is certified in Invisalign, clear and conventional braces, on both children and adults. Dr. Chris’ patients also participate in a bi-monthly raffle, which promotes great brushing while undergoing orthodontic treatment. While Drs. Rich and Chris share many patients and work together to give your child a healthy mouth and great smile, our orthodontic practice is open to all patients. Even if your child already sees a dentist, you can obtain a complementary orthodontic consultation at our office!
It is accepted that being treated by a dental specialist, such as a pediatric dentist or orthodontist is more costly than seeing a general dentist due to the level of additional training and expertise. We proudly participate with Delta Dental, First Ameritas, Empire Blue Cross/ Blue Shield Prime and Complete, Grid, Grid+, Horizon, Excellus, Wellpoint BC/BS and Unicare. For uninsured patients, or patients where we are out of network, we have purchased a dental insurance software which not only estimates your copayment to us, but also allows us to directly and electronically submit your dental claim on your behalf. There is therefore, much less out of pocket expense, and fees are usually reimbursed at a higher rate when your child sees a specialist such as us. Also, don’t forget our philosophy: minimal treatment of decay on primary teeth. Treating five teeth, no matter how inexpensively, is still more costly than treating none. It takes a special kind of monitoring and knowledge to make this philosophy work as it does. Come see it in action—you will be glad you did. Dr. Rich and Dr. Chris