Family Dentistry Portland, OR
At Downtown Dental Care, we pride ourselves on making sure every member of the family maintains a beautiful smile. We are committed to providing the very best in pediatric, preventative, and restorative treatment. Whether you are looking for a new dentist or interested in learning more about our services, Downtown Dental Care is here to help.
We know that children can develop anxiety and fears associated with office visits. As a family dentist, our goal is to make your child’s experience as comfortable and educational as possible.
We provide pediatric dental care to ensure that your child’s primary teeth remain free of decay, and develop properly. Excellent pediatric care will pave the way for a lifetime of healthy and radiant teeth.
Proper oral health should be established as early as infancy. We recommend scheduling your child’s first visit after primary teeth begin to erupt, and no later than their first birthday. During your child’s first appointment, Dr. Christianson will discuss the ins and outs of infant oral care. The visit is primarily educational but also includes a thorough examination. If your child has any special conditions, Dr. Christianson will provide you with specific care instructions.
As children grow, it is important to monitor the development of their teeth. With regular appointments, we can address issues that may have long-term consequences for their oral health. Our state-of-the-art technology allows us to identify tooth decay, gum disease, impacted teeth, and other conditions before they become major issues.
We also want to make certain they implement proper brushing and flossing techniques. Dr. Christianson has a knack for turning hygiene education into a fun yet informative experience.
A large part of our focus at Downtown Dental Care involves preventative services. Preventing oral health issues starts with education, but even patients with excellent hygiene practices still need to schedule regular checkups. During your checkup, our dental hygienist will perform a professional cleaning to remove plaque and tartar deposits from the surface of your teeth. If left unchecked, plaque and tartar can cause serious problems. The bacteria in plaque will incite a toxic response from your immune system that can cause infection, and ultimately lead to gum disease. They also produce acids that eat away at your enamel and cause decay.
If decay and disease are already present, regular visits will help us combat these problems before serious damage occurs.
Preventive dentistry is beneficial for everyone in the family, but especially children. Often a regular cleaning will include a fluoride treatment. Fluoride will help strengthen their enamel and even reverse minor instances of decay. Studies have shown that children who undergo fluoride treatment have significantly fewer cavities. We also offer dental sealants to protect the bite surface of posterior teeth, such as molars. A sealant will close off the deep crevices, and create a surface that is much easier to clean.
If your teeth have undergone significant decay or structural damage, Downtown Dental Care offers a variety of options to cover your restorative needs. We use fillings, root canals, and crowns to restore your natural teeth and avoid extractions. When the extraction is inevitable, we offer some tooth replacement options to bring your smile back to a functional and esthetically-pleasing state.
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If you would like to learn more or schedule an appointment, call (503) 420-7600.