Dental Kidds Pediatric Dentistry has provided personalized dental care to thousands of families. Our patients come from near and far to experience the warm, individualized care we provide. We pride ourselves in utilizing the most modern equipment and methods available.
In order to provide nothing but the best to our patients, our office uses state-of-the-art technologies in all our procedures. These new technologies allow us to detect dental concerns at early stages, treat your dental issues with precision, and provide stunning and customized restorations. Our premium dental software system maximizes your time and our office efficiency. When you visit our office you can be confident that you are receiving the finest and most advanced in dental care.
We utilize Nitrous Oxide, better known as laughing gas, for some of our treatment procedures. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry identifies this sedation method as a very safe and effective technique to use for treating children’s dental needs. It is the preferred sedation method for children who need small amounts of dental work and is easily reversed once treatment is complete.
Nitrous oxide is a blend of two gases-oxygen and nitrous oxide. This sedation method is administered through a small breathing mask placed over your child’s nose. This helps your child to relax, but without putting them to sleep. It is non-addictive and quickly eliminated from the body with normal breathing. After the procedure, your child can resume daily activities as normal. Your child may experience a sense of relaxation and be less concerned with the sights, sounds, and sensations of dental work with nitrous oxide sedation. Other common effects of nitrous oxide are lightheadedness, tingling or floating feeling in limbs, possible sleepiness and giggly or funny feeling. If you have any questions or concerns please call our office for any further information.
More than half of children over age six have some degree of tooth decay. When cavities are left untreated, they can lead to pain, infection and even tooth loss. Fortunately, as pediatric dentists, we aim to treat cavities before they grow and cause complications, such as pain or infections. Tooth colored fillings (composite or glass ionomer resins) are used to repair fractured teeth and/or areas of decay. The shade of the restorative material is matched as closely as possible to the color of the natural teeth.
When a cavity has become very large it can progress through the tooth layers to the pulp or nerve of the tooth. When the bacteria in the cavity reaches this area, your child can experience pain or swelling. If the pulp is not treated and the infected areas are not removed, the bacteria will continue to cause infection. If this occurs, the tooth will become abscessed and painful requiring early removal of the tooth.
To prevent the tooth from abscessing and to relieve any discomfort we can perform a pulpotomy. We often refer to this as a “baby root canal”. However, this is not as complicated or difficult of a procedure as a root canal on a permanent tooth. To perform a pulpotomy, we remove the cavity and the diseased pulp, then place a medication in this area before restoring the tooth with a crown. The obvious benefit is that the tooth is saved and holds the space for the developing permanent tooth below it. The disadvantages are teeth that receive nerve treatments likely require a crown to be placed on the tooth to provide adequate strength. Occasionally, the bacteria invade the nerve completely and a pulpotomy fails resulting in the tooth needing to be removed, but the risk is low.
There may be instances where teeth need to be extracted or removed when they cannot be saved by any other treatments. A tooth may need to be extracted due to severe decay, advanced periodontal disease, infection, orthodontic request, malpositioned teeth, fractured teeth/roots or impacted teeth.
After careful examination and treatment, the dentist may advise to have a tooth extracted. Before a tooth is removed, the dentist will take an x-ray in order to understand the shape and position of the tooth and surrounding bone. The dentist will discuss different sedation and local anesthesia options to help ease your child’s anxiety.
A baby tooth usually stays in until a permanent tooth underneath pushes it out and takes its place. One of the most important jobs of a baby tooth is holding the place for the permanent teeth until they erupt. Unfortunately, some children lose a baby tooth too soon due to trauma or dental disease. When a tooth is lost too early, we may recommend a space maintainer to prevent future space loss and dental problems. If a primary molar tooth is lost prematurely, the other teeth around it can drift together and cause crowding. To keep this crowding from occurring, a space maintainer can be used to hold open the empty space left by a lost tooth. They steady the remaining teeth, preventing movement until the permanent tooth takes its natural position in the jaw. It’s more affordable – and easier on your child – to keep teeth in normal positions with a space maintainer than to move them back in place with orthodontic treatment. The procedure for making and placing a space maintainer can be placed at the time of extraction or may require another appointment depending on the type needed. The space maintainer will remain until the back permanent teeth begin to erupt at which time it is easily removed. While wearing a space maintainer it is important to avoid sticky candy or chewing gum.
Dental caries that have extended to a larger portion of the tooth structure and cannot be restored with tooth colored fillings will require a full coverage crown. The tooth can be prepared and the crown cemented in a single appointment. It is sufficiently durable to last until the primary tooth exfoliates. A crown is placed following a “baby root canal” since a good portion of the tooth is lost during this procedure. For this option of treatment in our office, we have stainless steel and white zirconia crowns.
I was nervous about the "unknowns" of tongue tie, and why breastfeeding was so painful for me. Dr. Darcy and her amazing staff are warm, welcoming and professional from the start! I felt comfortable and informed the whole time.
Today, I took all three of my kids here. My middle has had horrible experiences at the dentists and hates going, but they made him so comfortable.
Dr. Michelle is amazing with my son. He has autism and his first few visits were not very successful. They have gotten a little better with each appointment, thanks to the patience, kindness and flexibility shown by Riverdale.
St. Croix Kidds is the place to go to help kids feel good about the dentist. All of the staff are caring and responsive to questions or dental concerns. The dentists are thorough and positive. My kids look forward to their six-month check ups.
The staff was friendly and the office is kid friendly. They were very good with both my kids. Happy with our experience and will be happy to call them our dentist.
I scheduled appointments for all 3 of my kids at the same time. We were in and out in about 20 minutes! The staff here is incredible! We recently moved 45 minutes away, but I continue to bring my children here.
Such a great dentist! Between the environment, to the care they give kids it’s a great experience every time! They understand kids fears and make it an enjoyable experience every visit. Highly recommend for kids on the spectrum.
The staff here is amazing and super friendly. Dr. Tyler was amazing with my son today. Most patient office I’ve ever walked into. I am definitely pleased with our service today and can’t wait to go back.
I took my infant son for evaluation of a tongue tie. The atmosphere is so warm and welcoming over looking the St. Croix river. The staff is kind compassuonate and you can tell they really love what they do.
Wow! Great staff, Amanda was amazing and helped my son feel at ease. She is very good at her job and obviously loves working with kids. Dr. Megan was great!
Our first experience at this office fantastic! He let them do everything! They were so patient and explained everything before they did it! It was my Littles first appointment at the dentist and she loved every minute! Great experience.
Had a great day with my two boys at St. Croix Kidds. They were both very engaged in their appointments and the Assistants and Dr. Darcy explained the procedures well. I would highly recommend this pediatric office.
Amazing dentist office for kids! All the staff were so friendly and engaged with my son. The office decor and all the staff's positive happiness was so wonderfully kid-centered. They were patient and caring.
We just had our first appt here and WOW!!! Love the office and the staff is all so nice. The dentist we saw is spectacular!
Friendly staff, easy to make appointments especially in an emergency! The kids like that they can watch a movie while having their teeth worked on.
Today was my 3 year old son's 1st visit to the dentist. I was very impressed with how they interacted with my son and how they made it fun. I will definitely recommend this dentist office.
Friendly, caring and curteous staff. Never feel pressure to "do more." And we are in and out in a flash. Love this place! And so do my kids!
Super welcoming staff, great dental assistant and dentist! The office is clean and had tons of things for kids to do. We were really happy with the experience overall and would definitely recommend this office to anyone!
St.Croix Kidds is amazing! The staff is very friendly, patient and make dentist visits fun! My boys (5yr and 3yrs) love going and always walk away with a smile!
The kids and I love the staff here. They have my kids comfortable in going to the dentist and they are very clear before and after what is being done or needs to be done. Thank you all for a wonderful job!
My toddler actually likes going to the dentist! I don't know if it's the way they talk to him, how the office is sooo kid friendly (movies, horse saddle, etc), or the fact he knows he gets a brand new toothbrush and toy to pick himself!
Dr. Megan and her team at New Richmond were amazing today! My son had to have sedation dental work completed. They were understanding of my sons needs and took great care of mom as well.