Treatment of specially challenged children
In children with disabilities and disorders the oral cavity and its functions are affected by problems related to eating, swallowing, speech and communication problems, esthetics, malocclusions etc. Hence such children have increased treatment needs than normal children.
Disturbances in occlusal development, dental caries and periodontal problems are the most commonly found in medically compromised children. The rate of caries, periodontal disease and malocclusion in disabled children exceeds that of children without disabilities.
An efficient and systematic approach to the examination and treatment is necessary in the case of specially challenged children so that appointments are short, when necessary. Thorough knowledge and understanding of the child’s medical, physical, mental or behavioral condition is necessary in order to better manage the appointment and oral health needs of the patient. Our dentists are trained professionals to provide caring treatment for children with special needs and ensure your child’s comfort.
If a child loses a primary tooth early through decay or injury, the nearby r teeth could shift and begin to fill the vacant space. As a result when the permanent teeth emerge, they get occluded due to lack of space present. This leads to crooked or crowded teeth and difficulties with chewing or speaking.
To prevent that, a dentist inserts a space maintainer, made of stainless steel or plastic, which may be either removable or fixed, to hold the spot left by the lost tooth until the permanent tooth emerges. These maybe a band or a temporary crown attached to one side of the vacant space. The maintainer keeps the space open until the permanent tooth comes in.