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Paediatric dentistry

Dental Treatment focused on Children

Paediatric dentistry, also known as Children’s dentistry is the branch of dentistry mainly responsible for diagnosing and treating all oral problems in new-borns, babies and children until pre-adolescence. The objective is to give a different and more specific approach to little patients; since their teeth are still very sensitive and are in a constant process of development.
This is one of our specialities here at Susan Crean Dental & Aesthetic Center, as we take a unique approach to children's dental health, making the first and consecutive visits fun and enjoyable for them.
Paediatric dentists receive specialized training, they know the difference between techniques, methods and practices that are necessary to treat a paediatric patient. The main objective of paediatric dentistry is to preserve the temporary teeth since any affection in them will consequently affect the permanent tooth.
Dentist educating little boy about brushing teeth in clinic

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At What Age Should Children Go To The Dentist?

A child should go to the dentist at the age of 1 or within six months after the first tooth appears. Primary teeth generally begin to erupt in around 6 months of age.
Adorable child brushing his teeth

What Can Early Visits Treat And What Problems Can They Prevent?

The oral pathologies and problems that can arise in childhood are multiple:
Gum disease (gingivitis): It is a bacterial infection that causes bleeding, swelling, pain, and redness of the gums.
Decay: The appearance of tooth decay is increasingly common in children. In fact, there is baby bottle tooth decay, which is caused by constant exposure to liquids containing sugar.
Trauma: Dental trauma is common in children, most accidents end in tooth loss or fracture. They may need a dental restoration or re-implantation.
Malocclusions and alterations in the position of teeth: The paediatric dentist will assess and diagnose possible alterations in the bite that may require orthodontic treatment.
Congenital alterations: Affect the size, number and shape of the teeth.
Temporal ankyloses: A dental trauma may cause necrosis (nerve death) of the dental pulp, it may lead to darkening of the tooth structure and will make it difficult for the permanent tooth to erupt.

How Often Should Kids go to the dentist? Answer : At least every 6 months

It is essential that the little ones visit the dentist periodically to prevent and treat any problem that may exist in their oral cavity. It is recommended to go to the dental office every three to six months.

Some of the dental treatments we offer

Some of the most used treatments in paediatric dentistry are:
Children’s prophylaxis Professional cleaning is very useful for children to learn tips to improve their oral hygiene. It is also an excellent opportunity for your kid to familiarize with the habit of visiting the dentist.
Fluoride application It is a preventive method that is very helpful to harden the enamel of teeth, allowing children to have strong and healthy teeth.
Fissure sealants: It is an effective treatment for preventing tooth decay. It consists of filling the grooves and sulcus on the surface of the teeth (especially molars and premolars) with a fluoride resin-based coating.
Children’s orthodontics: It is a common treatment for children. Children’s orthodontics tries to correct both, functional and aesthetic problems that can affect the child as an adult.
Dental fillings This treatment consists of repairing those fractured or decayed teeth through composite fillings that will improve the child’s oral health.
Dental crowns for kids When a lot of dental structure is lost, the placement of a dental crown is required to protect the tooth, restore its function and to keep the primary teeth in its position until exfoliation.
Pulpectomy It is a dental procedure designed to remove the dental nerve to save a severely decayed or infected tooth. It is carried out to suppress the pain and discomfort caused by decay, as well as to save the tooth without having to remove it.

Your child’s first visit to the dentist should be as pleasant as possible.

The dental professional will assess the child’s medical and dental history. Also, he is going to do a thorough examination of the child’s teeth, bone, and gums to see if there is baby bottle tooth decay, malocclusion problems or growth disorders.

The dentist will explain the importance of good oral hygiene and introduce good cleaning habits, he will also determine if any other dental treatment is necessary.

  • Paediatric dentists are specialists in the children’s teeth
    Compared to a family dentist, a paediatric dentist spends two to three more years of training studying specific dental problems in children, such as baby bottle tooth decay, thumb-sucking, or pain when teeth erupt.
  • Comfort and great dealing
    In addition to clinical aspects, paediatric dentists are also specialized in treating children from a psychological point of view. Children are often impatient, blocked, scared and uncooperative during a dental check-up. They are also naturally curious, so paediatric dentists must have extra patience and the necessary knowledge to answer questions of all kinds, in the simplest language as possible.
    Thanks to their empathy and daily dealings with children for years, paediatric dentists are able to turn a potentially stressful situation for you and your child into such an enjoyable and fun experience that you will be wanting to repeat.
  • Teaching the best hygiene and preventive habits
    A paediatric dentist will teach you the correct way to brush and floss your baby’s teeth, as well as additional information based on his\her oral health status.
    The dentist will also inform you of how to improve eating habits and what changes in diet can help protect your children’s teeth and gums, especially when it comes to preventing decay.

More Questions about Paediatric dentistry?

You cannot claim PRSI dental benefit for your children.
It is possible however for your spouse to use your contributions for dental work – request a D2 form from your dentist for same.

The paediatric dentist is a doctor who has been trained in the care of kid’s teeth, he is specialized in psychological techniques to help relax the child and has the ability to act in unexpected situations. He will also make sure that the teeth are forming correctly as the kids grow.

  • Read dental storybooks to your children
  • Play “dentist” at home
  • Be sincere and positive
  • Teach children the importance of good oral health by giving the example.
  • Find a specialized dentist in children
  • Tell your kid about the importance of taking care of his/her teeth
  • Explain that the dentist is a friend
  • Support future experience with videos and songs
  • Avoid making comments on any negative experience you have had at the dentist.
  • Accompany your kid at all times
  • Don’t threaten your kid to take him/her to the dentist as punishment.

When the child presents tooth decay or tooth fracture, a dental filling may be necessary.

The dentist will explain the process to the kid in a simplified and understandable way according to his/her age.

  1.   The dentist will decide whether or not the application of local anaesthesia is necessary; this will depend on the extent of the lesion.
  2.   The dental professional will remove decay if present
  3.   An antimicrobial substance will be placed to disinfect the area
  4.   The cavity will be filled with the special dental filling.

The process is very short and it is not painful.


Dental sealants are a thin resin coating that contains fluoride that dentists apply to the grooves and sulcus on the surface of the back teeth (molars and premolars). Sealants are applied to prevent tooth decay.

Currently, children up to the age of 16 can access free emergency dental care in HSE dental clinics. However, dental screening by a dentist only takes place three times, when the child is in 2nd, 4th and 6th class of primary school.

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Alternative Treatments

We offer a wide range of General Dental Treatments, below are some related treatments that you may be interested in

How much are dental treatments for kids?

At Susan Crean Denal & Facial Aesthetics we offer a wide selection of dental treatments provided by some of the best dental staff in Tralee, each treatment designed to meet the individual needs of our patients. Working with your dentist to meet your dental health goals, you’ll find that there is always something to smile about. Our prices are competitive and our services top notch. Review our competitive price chart below. Book your appointment online. You can call our Tralee clinic at 0667117577.
You only get one set of teeth, Ensure a healthy mouth with healthy teeth and gums. Routine check-up appointments and professional cleanings with your dentist will help to keep small concerns from escalating into more serious dental problems.

Price List : Child Treatments

Child Exam€ 40
Fissure Seal€40 per tooth
Pulpotomy€ 200
Crowns€ 300
Fluoride Varnish€ 50

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I'm am always very nervous going to the dentist but this was not the case today when I had two fillings done with Susan and Daniel, I was made to feel so comfortable and relaxed by both of them, I felt no pain whatsoever and the fillings took no time at all, I couldn't believe how quickly Susan had the fillings done. This was my second trip to Susan crean dental and for me now it's the only place I will be going. I found everyone to be highly professional yet in an environment that made me feel totally relaxed and at ease. I have also had no pain or discomfort since . Thank you everyone at Susan crean Dental

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February 23, 2022

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