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Focusing on the oral health of young people since 1994.

Pediatric Dental Associates is proud to be serving the infants, children, and teens of Albany, Salem and the surrounding communities of the Willamette Valley.

We are dedicated to providing comprehensive and personalized dental care for all of our patients. We are committed to creating a fun and comfortable clinical excellence for children, teens and their families, understanding that children have unique dental, behavioral and emotional needs.

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Phone:
(541) 928-1509
Address:
155 NW Hickory St # A, Albany, OR 97321
Open Hours:
8:00AM - 4:30PM
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Prevention

Most cavities in children are found on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. These teeth have deep grooves and depressions, which make them extremely difficult to clean of food and cavity-causing bacteria.

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treatment

Most cavities in children are found on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. These teeth have deep grooves and depressions, which make them extremely difficult to clean of food and cavity-causing bacteria.

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first visit

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Dental Association (ADA) and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) all recommend that children visit the dentist by age one. The term “dental home” is used to describe the ongoing relationship between the dentist and the patient.

The most important reason for establishing a dental home for a child by age one is to begin a thorough prevention program.

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who we are

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Dr Jay Vaikuntam

Pediatric Dentist

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Kayla

Dental Assistant

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Malerie

Sterilization Technician

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Karen

Patient Care / Scheduling Coordinator

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Christina

Dental Hygienist

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Vanessa

Dental Assistant / Outreach Coordinator

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Danielle

Dental Assistant

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Katya

Dental Hygienist

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Theresa

Financial / Insurance Coordinator

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Keanie

Dental Assistant

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Madison

Hospital / Treatment coordinator

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Stephanie

Dental Assistant / Office Manager

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Prevention

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Teeth cleaning, X-rays, and examination by a pediatric dentist are all part of a patient’s comprehensive prevention program. Bacteria in the mouth, called plaque, cause decay if not properly cleaned and removed from the teeth. Although it is possible for a patient to remove most plaque with brushing, floss, and mouth rinse, many pediatric patients have difficulty maintaining a plaque-free state for extended periods of time. Regular cleanings by a pediatric dental professional are important to remove hardened plaque and stains from the teeth. Treatments polish hard surfaces to minimize the accumulation and retention of plaque and introduce dental procedures to the young child to begin a lifelong preventive dental routine.

Most cavities in children are found on the chewing surfaces of back teeth. These teeth have deep grooves and depressions, which can be extremely difficult to clean away food and cavity-causing bacteria. Dental sealants protect these susceptible areas of the teeth by covering the crevices with a clear or white resin material. Sealants create a much more cleanable area, “sealing out” food and bacteria from residing on the tooth surface, significantly reducing the risk of decay.

Fluoride is a naturally occurring element that is safe and effective for preventing tooth decay. Fluoride that is ingested through water, food, or supplements is incorporated into developing tooth structure. The tooth enamel becomes stronger and more resistant to acid from cavity-causing bacteria. Fluoride that is applied to the outside of teeth prevents loss of minerals from tooth enamel and promotes replacement of minerals that have been lost due to acid attacks. Topical fluoride is also a very effective method in repairing early decay before it becomes an irreversible cavity. Another benefit of Flouride is that it disrupts the bacteria in the mouth that cause cavities, reducing the amount of acid that is produced by these bacteria.

Periodic cleanings by a dental professional are important to remove plaque, hardened plaque and stain from the teeth, polish hard surfaces to minimize the accumulation and retention of plaque, and introduce dental procedures to the young child and apprehensive patient.

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Treatment

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Dental fillings are the most common restorative procedure done in a dental office. It is explained to young children that their tooth will be “washed” to remove “sugar bugs” with a “water whistler” or “tooth tickler”. After the decay is removed, a filling is placed to restore the form and function of the tooth. Placement of a filling is often referred to as a “painting” or “picture” on the tooth. Pediatric Dental Associates offers two types of fillings: silver amalgam or tooth-colored resin.

Extractions may need to be performed for reasons such as: severe decay, infection or abscess, trauma, or for orthodontic purposes. Children are guided through the procedure by phrases such as “pushing on the tooth” or “wiggling for the tooth fairy”. After tooth removal, the patient should remain on a soft diet until the extraction site has healed. Also, gentle brushing is encouraged to keep the area clean and promote healing.

Baby teeth are not compatible with large fillings. Over 30% of large fillings placed on baby teeth fail within 18-20 months of placement. Therefore, stainless steel crowns are recommended for baby molar teeth with significant decay. This type of restoration covers the entire tooth and is particularly important for younger children whose molar teeth are needed for a number of years. The procedure can be done in one appointment. The decay is removed and the tooth is prepared so that the crown will fit over the top of the tooth. Once the appropriate size is selected for the tooth, the crown is secured to the tooth with adhesive cement. The gums around the tooth may be tender for a few days.

Large cavities on the front baby teeth of a young child should be restored to achieve proper speech development. Full coverage crowns are the sturdiest restoration for these teeth. Esthetic veneered crowns are stainless steel crowns with a white coating on the front to maintain natural esthetics and normal psychological development. Placement of an esthetic veneered crown follows the same procedure as a traditional stainless steel crown.

M2

M2 Anesthesia is dedicated to providing a safe anesthetic experience to each and every patient. We specialize in administering General Anesthesia to the Pediatric Dental patient on a daily basis, and have become very safe and efficient because of it. We enjoy working with our dentists and staff, and taking care of your children.

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First Visit

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At our pediatric dentist office in Albany OR, first time visits include assessing the child’s oral health and potential risks for dental disease, while beginning a dental prevention program. During the first appointment, we determine a dental appointment schedule for the patient, reviewing medical and dental history and any special requests or needs. During the first visit, the pediatric dentist and hygienist will evaluate oral hygiene by examining the child’s mouth. The visit will also entail explaining age-appropriate oral hygiene techniques, recommend a preventative protocol based on the child’s risk of developing cavities, answer questions and address specific concerns.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Dental Association (ADA) and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) all recommend that children visit the dentist by age one. The most important reason for establishing a dental plan for a child by age one is to begin a thorough prevention program. As young children may be apprehensive about visiting the dentist, the staff at Pediatric Dental Associates of Albany specialize in interacting with the child to make their experience both pleasant and comfortable.

Children may be apprehensive about visiting the dentist. The doctors at Pediatric Dental Associates are experienced pediatric dentists and specialize in interacting with children and will explain procedures in a pleasant and non-frightening manner. Parents can help make the first dental visit enjoyable and positive by avoiding words such as “needle”, “shot”, or “drill”.

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  • Office Entrance
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  • iPad App Fun & Games
  • Side Waiting Room
  • The Fish Room
  • State of the art Facility
  • Front Office
  • Fun Atmosphere
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  • iPad while they wait
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Address:
155 NW Hickory St # A, Albany, OR 97321
Phone:
(541) 928-1509