Our Services

Here at Farmer Pediatric Dentistry, we’re Creating Smiles for Bright Futures. That includes providing a wide range of services to fulfill every need. We’ll see your child through everything from their first cleaning to their first x-ray, emergency visits and more. Whatever their needs are throughout the years, Farmer Pediatric Dentistry will be there to meet them. Our Services include:

Examinations help to catch dental and oral disease in its early stages. By closely monitoring the health of your child's mouth, you can avoid more invasive and expensive procedures. Examinations include a cleaning and x-rays when applicable.

Who doesn't love that fresh from the dentist clean feeling? Professional cleanings (dental prophylaxis) will be performed by one of our expert dental hygienists who will gently remove plaque and calculus (hardened plaque) to improve the health and look of your child's gums and teeth. Cleanings form the foundation for preventing gum disease and tooth decay Our hygienists will help keep the appointment fun as well as educational to build the foundation for a lifetime of positive dental visits.

X-rays help us to spot decay and other oral health concerns before it is visible to the naked eye. Cancerous and non-cancerous tumors, cysts, invisible decay that occurs between teeth, and the location of teeth that haven’t grown all the way in, can be seen via dental x-rays. Our x-rays are safe, and we use the very latest technology with the lowest levels of radiation, and their potential benefits far outweigh any risks.

Fluoride helps strengthen teeth and prevent tooth decay. It is naturally found in the water we drink and plants we eat in varying levels. For areas where little fluoride is consumed naturally, topical fluoride treatments have been shown to dramatically reduce cases of tooth decay. At our office, we provide fluoride treatments to help strengthen teeth against the acid attacks and demineralization that leave them vulnerable.

Sealants are safe plastic coatings designed to protect the grooved surfaces of teeth, particularly the back teeth. The grooves and fissures on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth are difficult to keep clean, especially for children, which increases the chance of developing cavities. Sealants should be placed as soon as the permanent molars and premolars come in.

General anesthesia may be indicated for children with extensive dental needs who are extremely uncooperative, fearful, or anxious or for the very young who do not understand how to cope in a cooperative fashion. General anesthesia also can be helpful for children requiring significant surgical procedures or patients having special health care needs.

Dental procedures performed on patients under general anesthesia is completed in a hospital or surgery center operating room suite and is considered an out-patient surgery in which the patient goes home the same day.

Although there is some risk associated with general anesthesia, it can be used safely and effectively when administered by an appropriately-trained individual in an appropriately-equipped facility. Precautions are taken to protect your child during general anesthesia; personnel who are trained to manage complications will monitor your child closely. Dr. Farmer will discuss the benefits and risks of general anesthesia and why it is recommended for your child.

Crowns, or caps, cover the entire tooth and restore it to its original size and shape. Cracked teeth or teeth suffering from severe decay can benefit from a crown. Crowns are strong and help to protect the remaining tooth structure for optimal oral health. Unlike adult crowns, in which the crown is made to fit the tooth, which require 2 appointments, baby crowns are placed in one visit, because the tooth is prepared to fit the crown.

Sometimes, a tooth with extensive decay can be saved from removal through nerve treatments. During the treatment, infected pulp (nerve tissue) is removed from the tooth and the remaining pulp is treated to prevent further infection. The tooth is then capped to help strengthen it. It is important to attempt to save your child's tooth in order to maintain appropriate spacing when their permanent teeth erupt. Children undergoing the procedure experience no more discomfort than when filling a cavity.

When a child loses a tooth prematurely, whether it was knocked out, had to be removed, or was missing from birth, it is vitally important that a space maintainer be custom fitted to the child's mouth. The space maintainer will prevent other teeth from drifting to fill the gap, thereby impeding normal development of the jaw and blocking permanent teeth from properly erupting. Space maintainers are small and cause little to no discomfort.

Athletic mouth guards help protect teeth from injury while playing sports. Good mouth guards can also help prevent concussions. Our dental office can create mouth guards custom fit to the wearer's mouth for optimum protection.

Non nutritive sucking, sucking on pacifiers or fingers, is a normal way for a young child to self-sooth. However, it is recommended that children be weaned off of such behaviors by the age of three or four in order to prevent improper growth and development of the teeth and jaw. When a child is old enough to be reasoned with, they can generally be convinced to want to stop, but the unconscious habit is sometimes difficult to break. Oral appliances help remind children not to suck their thumb or fingers.