Dentistry for Teens – Nashua, NH
We Help Young Adults Enjoy Bright, Strong Smiles
Being a teenager isn’t easy – there’s the pressure of juggling grades, friendships, relationships, and more. Even if it feels like your son or daughter is growing up far too quickly, they still have a dental home here at Simply Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics! Our dentists often work with older kids, and will gladly provide compassionate, personalized care throughout their high school journey. To schedule your teen’s first appointment with us, contact our Nashua, NH dental office today!
Why Choose Simply Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics for Dentistry for Teens?
- Highly Trained Team of Pediatric Dental Professionals
- Fun & Friendly Dental Office Atmosphere
- We Welcome All Dental Insurances
Dental Checkups & Cleanings
We can’t stress enough how important it is that your teen attend a dental checkup and cleaning at least twice a year, or once every six months. These visits let our dentists assess the current state of their oral health by closely examining their teeth, jaw, overall bite, gum tissue, and any existing dental work like crowns or fillings. We want to make their treatments easier overall by catching dental problems as early as possible. We’ll even remove built-up plaque and bacteria to stop potential cavities in their tracks!
During their oral hygiene routine, your teenager might actually miss certain hard-to-reach areas of the mouth. The back teeth, called molars and premolars, have deep grooves that can trap food particles and bacteria, making it all too easy for cavities to form. Dental sealants give your young one an added layer of protection. Once we paint this safe, plastic-based material over the chewing surfaces of the molars and premolars, it creates a barrier between the grooves and harmful debris. Plus, dental sealants can provide several years of protection, and they take just one quick appointment to place!
As busy as your teen might be, they’re more likely to grab a bottle of water on their way out the door than fill one up with water from the sink. Unfortunately, this means they’re not getting the fluoride that is in all likelihood available in their area’s public drinking water. A naturally occurring mineral, fluoride is normally added to water supplies and dental hygiene products. By making sure your teen gets plenty of fluoride, you’re helping their tooth enamel remain strong and reducing their risk of tooth decay.
We would love nothing more than for our patients to experience their teenage years completely cavity-free. Reality rarely plays out in this way, though. Once damage appears, we can easily address it with tooth-colored fillings. Rather than being made from uncomfortable, noticeable metal amalgam, tooth-colored fillings are made from composite resin, which looks remarkably lifelike. Moreover, tooth-colored fillings create less temperature sensitivity.
Safe Digital X-Rays
Oral health is about so much more than what happens on the surface; we also need to understand what’s going on underneath! Here at Simply Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, we keep your teen incredibly safe during the diagnostic process by using digital X-ray technology. With this method, we can reduce the risk of radiation exposure by up to 80 percent and even avoid the need to waiting on darkroom development procedures.
Root Canals / Pulp Therapy
If your teen is feeling intense pain or sensitivity in one specific tooth, or has sustained a traumatic dental injury, an infection may have developed deep within the tooth’s inner chambers. This means that you and your teen should get to our pediatric dental office as quickly as possible so that we can administer the appropriate treatment. To save the tooth and avoid the need for an extraction, we will probably suggest root canal therapy to eliminate the infection at the source.
If, however, your teen’s teeth are not quite finished developing, we might instead recommend pulp therapy. With this procedure, we only remove the damaged parts of the pulp and leave the healthy portions intact.
Emergency Kid’s Dentistry
Whether they are involved in sports or other extracurricular activities, teens who are often on the go are more likely to suffer from a dental injury. Dental emergencies often occur without warning, which can make them pretty scary. Don’t worry – our team aims to treat emergency situations as swiftly as possible. We’re more than capable of providing the smile-saving, pain-relieving care your teen needs right when they need it most!
When a tooth is severely decayed, weakened, or structurally incomplete, dental crowns can fully renew their strength and function. At our Nashua dental office, we can design, create, and place beautiful, lifelike dental crowns for teens in only two visits.
First, we take impressions of the damaged tooth, which we use to create a temporary crown to protect your teen’s tooth for a few weeks. Once the final crown arrives from an offsite dental lab, we’ll switch it out and make any last-minute adjustments to ensure it looks and feels perfectly natural within your teen’s grin.
While a tooth extraction is almost never our first suggestion for pediatric patients, there are certain situations in which it’s the best option for a teenager’s oral health, such as:
- A tooth is so decayed that a filling or crown cannot restore it
- A severe injury has damaged a tooth beyond repair
- There is not sufficient space in the mouth to complete orthodontic treatment
Does your teen need help relaxing at the dentist’s office? At our practice, we offer sedation to help nervous patients feel totally at ease during their tooth extractions.
If your teenager plays sports that carry the risk of impact with other players or equipment, they should protect their smile as much as they can. Our pediatric dentists can help by crafting a durable mouthguard that is 100 percent customized to fit the unique shape of your teen’s mouth. These personalized mouthguards are far more stable, comfortable, and effective than the cheaply made guards you’ll find at the sporting goods store.