Pediatric Dentistry – Hanover PA – Services

Pediatric Dentistry – Hanover PA – Services

Hygiene

An integral part of maintaining your child’s teeth and establishing good habits for home care and diet is getting a check-up on a regular basis. The frequency of your visits is based upon your child’s needs and oral health. During your visit, we will update the medical history, check your child’s teeth for cavities, review oral hygiene instructions and diet and evaluate your child for developing orthodontic needs. Fluoride treatments are provided and home fluoride rinses or tablets are prescribed when appropriate.

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Sealants

Highly effective in preventing decay on the biting surfaces of your chewing teeth, sealants are a simple procedure in which a clear or tooth-colored acrylic “coating” is painted onto the surface of the tooth. This effectively “seals” the deep grooves where decay is most likely to start. This technique is usually done on permanent molars as soon as they have erupted enough to be sealed. On occasion, primary molars have grooves deep enough to require sealing as well. At less than half the cost of a conventional filling, without any anesthetic or drilling, sealants are one of the most important preventive tools we have, and many insurance plans cover sealants at 100%!

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Tooth Decay and Repair

For small cavities in primary molars, simple fillings may be all that’s necessary, but in the case of primary teeth, small usually means “only shows up on an X-ray.” If a cavity on a primary molar has gotten to the point where you can see it, enough of the tooth has been lost that a filling may not be sufficient to save the tooth. In this case, a pediatric stainless steel crown is placed to maintain the tooth and its space maintaining function, until the tooth would normally be lost. Primary front teeth may be restored with tooth-colored filling material or a stainless steel crown with tooth-colored filling material as a facing, to improve on the appearance. The severity of the decay will determine which treatment is best.

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Pulp Therapies

If a tooth’s pulp (nerve and blood supply) becomes infected or inflamed, pulp treatment may be the only way to save the tooth. There are two types of pulp therapies for children’s teeth: pulpotomy and root canal treatment.

pulpotomy is used when the tooth has not been sensitive before, but in the process of removing the decay, the decay is into the nerve of the tooth. The pulpotomy cleans out the nerve in the crown of the tooth, but does not go into the roots. On the other hand, if your child is having a toothache, especially one that keeps your child awake at night, then a pulpotomy will not handle the problem. Root canal treatment is like the standard root canal done on permanent teeth with the exception that the root filling material is resorbable by the body when the permanent tooth is ready to erupt into the mouth. Although maintaining your child’s tooth is our goal, if the infection in the nerve has progressed to the point where the root has been resorbed, the tooth will need to be removed and a space maintainer placed.

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Space Maintainers

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If a primary molar is lost prematurely, a space maintainer will be necessary to hold that space open until the permanent tooth is ready to erupt. In some cases, the space maintainer may be needed for as long as ten years.

Without space maintainers, crowding and the need for braces is almost always the result.

 

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Orthodontics

As a pediatric dentist, Dr. Blann is trained to understand tooth and jaw development in young patients. Each child is examined during routine check-ups for developing orthodontic needs. Various X-rays may be used to diagnose the pattern of growth and the specific nature of the orthodontic problem.

The goal of interceptive orthodontics is to try and normalize your child’s jaw and teeth alignment as early as possible to enhance the child’s ability to grow and compensate optimally. If treated early, many children may avoid the need for extraction of permanent teeth to correct their orthodontic problems. Depending on the age of the patient and the complexity of the case, Dr. Blann works closely with Dr. Olson, referring those patients who need the expertise only a specially-trained orthodontist can provide.

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 General Anesthesia

Dr. Blann also treats patients at Apple Hill Surgical Center, an outpatient same-day surgical center in York affiliated with York Hospital. Very young patients, those with developmental disabilities, and others with special needs, can be treated with general anesthesia in an operating room setting where all the necessary dental treatment is completed at one time.

In fact, Dr. Blann has successfully performed more than 1000 general anesthesia cases with excellent results. Parents are always amazed at how well their children do.

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Athletic Mouthguards

guardWe provide state-of-the-art, custom-made athletic mouthguards for all patients requiring protection during athletic competition in “at risk” sports. Store-bought, over-the-counter mouthguards do not fit as well nor do they provide the anticipated and necessary protection to help prevent dental/facial injuries. The only mouthguard that should be worn is that made from a model of the mouth. Patients have individual requirements for fit, comfort, level of competition and compliance. The professionally designed, custom-made mouthguard satisfies these requirements.

 

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Sterilization for Patient Safety

To protect our patients and ourselves, our staff members wear masks, gloves, glasses, as well as hospital scrub uniforms. We strictly observe all Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines. All instruments are cleaned, disinfected and routinely sterilized as recommended by the American Dental Association and the Centers for Disease Control. Whenever possible, disposable, single-use items are used to ensure your safety. Handpieces (drills) are steam-sterilized with an autoclave sterilization system. All surfaces in the treatment rooms are cleaned and disinfected after each patient.

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OFFICE ADDRESS
250 Fame Ave Ste 206
Hanover, PA 17331
PHONE 717-637-0202
FAX 270-637-0207
BUSINESS HOURS
Monday ............... 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday ............... 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday .......... 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Thursday ............. 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Friday .................. 8:30 AM - 4 PM