We are dedicated to meeting all of your needs for high-quality, comprehensive dental care for your whole family. We are pleased to offer the services of a family and pediatric dentist in one practice.
When you bring your family to Nephi Smiles Family Dentistry, you can feel confident and comfortable that you will receive the best available dental care. We enjoy caring for patients of all ages, including children. We work hard at our office to make certain that your child has a positive, enjoyable dental experience.
We know how important it is to build good dental habits while children are young, and we strive to form a strong, personal relationship between our dentists and your family so their smiles will stay healthy for life.
For the majority of cavities, we remove the decay and place a white composite filling material to fill in what was removed.
This material is nearly as strong as tooth enamel and does a great job of protecting the tooth from further decay.
Sometimes the decay on baby teeth is too severe for a filling and the best option is to cover and protect the entire baby tooth. The tooth needs to stay healthy for the remaining years it is in the mouth. Preserving the space for developing permanent teeth, and assisting with functions such as chewing and talking are important.
A stainless steel crown is the most tooth-like, reliable and durable option This is a steel (silver-colored) crown that looks and functions just like a normal baby tooth. It will fall out when the baby tooth is ready to fall out.
If decay on a baby tooth passes into the nerve, a procedure to remove a partial portion of the nerve might be needed. This is called a pulpotomy. In this procedure, the nerve is accessed and the most superficial, or affected, section of the nerve is removed.
Special medicine is placed into the nerve chamber to prevent future inflammation of the remaining nerve and the tooth is sealed back up. After a pulptolomy we generally cover the baby tooth with a stainless steel crown to protect it until it falls out.
Nitrous oxide, or "laughing gas," is an odorless gas that acts as an "anxiolytic," or anxiety-reducing aid for the children as they have their dental procedures completed. We find that most kids undergoing dental work do much better if they can simultaneously breathe this "happy air" as we like to call it.
It doesn't put the children to sleep, but rather makes them not care as much about what is going on. Between the "happy air" and the TVs on the ceiling, most children allow us to complete their needed procedures without too much difficulty.
When Nitrous Oxide and Netflix won't do the job, we have a wonderful anesthesia team that visits our office on a regular basis to help children go to sleep peacefully while we complete their needed dental work. We scoured the state for the best anesthetist around and found him.
This is the option you will want to take if your child needs extensive dental work or simply has extreme anxiety about the dentist, We guarantee you will be satisfied with the experience from start to finish. Our anesthesia team performs their job in an extremely professional, and safe way. Their services have benefitted hundreds of children who have had their work completed with IV sedation.
Contact us if your child has significant treatment needs or extreme anxiety and we can discuss the different options available during a free consultation.
Dr. Swan has much experience treating infants who struggle to nurse properly due to tongue and/or lip tie. Before attending orthodontic school, he was trained in the latest diagnostic and procedural techniques regarding soft tissue ties. He performed hundreds of procedures for struggling infants and was amazed to see the positive improvements that happened, sometimes even immediately.
Dr. Swan's orthodontic residency was completed in Florida, while there he owned and operated a tongue and lip-tie clinic. In that part of the country, there is an urgent need to diagnose and treat struggling babies. Having 7 kids of his own, he understands the importance of making that relationship as successful as it can be. He loves the chance to help improve the nursing relationship between a baby and their mother.
Contact Dr. Swan for a consultation if your baby is struggling to nurse and you'd like your child to be examed for restrictive soft tissue ties.
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends a child have an orthodontic evaluation by age 7 to check for preventable orthodontic issues. Dr. Swan is a dual-specialized pediatric dentist and orthodontist, he is comfortable with interceptive orthodontic treatments to correct developing problems before they become more severe.
Visit our orthodontic website to learn more about the various treatments Dr. Swan offers and contact us for a free consultation if you have any questions about your child's teeth.