Paediatric Dentist

What are Paediatric Dentists?

They are specialist dentists who are dedicated to caring for children from infancy to adolescence. Like other specialties, paediatric dentistry requires an additional 3 years of training and study beyond the education required for general practice dentistry. During these years, they are trained under experienced specialist, focusing on managing a variety of dental cases for children.

Children are not just small adults. They are understandably not always able to be patient and cooperative during a dental exam or treatment. A paediatric dentist is skilled in giving a child treatment in ways that make them comfortable.

Who are we?

A professional dental care team that works together to ensure the highest standard of care in a professional and respectful manner, taking great pride in everything we do.

Simply put - our patients are our priority.

Dr Diane Tay and her staff are dedicated to providing thorough and individual care, ensuring that your child has a positive dental experience. We value seeing our patients grow into adults who are confident and unafraid of dental visits.

We strongly believe that oral health care is an essential part of our general health and wellbeing, and place a high focus on preventive care and oral health education to help encourage good oral care habits that last a lifetime.

What do we do?

Dr Diane Tay offers a comprehensive range of services to care for her young patients. These include and are not limited to:

1.Comprehensive dental treatment for infants, children and adolescences

i) Infant oral examination including risk assessments for your child and provision of early and anticipatory advice

ii) Whilst we specialise in caring for your child’s dental needs, we also believe in looking after your child’s general wellbeing. If deemed necessary, we can facilitate referrals to other medical or allied health professionals to address any other needs that your child may needs as they are growing and developing.

2.Management of children with early childhood caries/extensive decay

3.Caring for children with dental pain and infection

4.Management of “chalky teeth” (enamel defects-hypomineralisation/hypoplasia) and related conditions

5.Care for children with dental anxiety

We believe in a gentle approach and ensure that your child has a positive experience at the dentist. Depending on your child’s dental needs, they may require some form of sedation to help manage their needs definitively yet comfortably. This may involve:

i) Treatment under nitrous oxide (“Happy gas”) during dental surgery

ii) Treatment under general anaesthesia. This is carried out a day surgery hospital with an excellent team of highly trained staff to care and look after your child while they are ‘asleep’ to get their necessary dental work done. A specialist anaesthetist will put your child to ‘sleep’ and monitor your child during the entire procedure.

6.Hard and soft tissue pathologies/anomalies (eg: missing teeth/extra teeth)

7.Children with special care needs and/or disabilities

8.Dental care for medically compromised children or with genetic conditions

9.Early intervention and monitoring of their developing occlusion (‘Bite’)

i) To ensure optimal results for your child, this is often carried out in conjunction with a specialist orthodontist (Braces specialist). We can also facilitate referrals to an orthodontist when indicated for comprehensive braces treatment

ii) Baby teeth are not just important for chewing. They also act as a guide for the eruption of the adult teeth. If a baby tooth is lost early before the adult teeth are ready to come into position (Eg: removed due to severe decay or infection, before it is meant to exfoliate (fall out naturally), the teeth on either side may move/drift and close the space for the developing adult tooth underneath to erupt. This potential space loss can be prevented with a space maintainer (see pictures) specially fabricated for your child. Its purpose is to keep the space open to allow the adult tooth to erupt and hence will stay in the mouth until the strategic tooth erupts. A space maintainer requires proper daily cleaning and regular reviews to check that it is being maintained and cleaned properly, otherwise it can put other teeth at risk of decay if not looked after.

10.  Endodontic (‘Nerve’) treatment for baby and adult teeth

11.  Acute and long-term management of dental trauma and oral injuries

12.  Lingual and Labial frenectomy (Tongue-tie or lip-tie snips)



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