Paediatric

Paediatric dentistry is a specialist area of dentistry which focusses on the oral health of children, adolescents, and those with special needs. Our service is not only limited to restorative dental care, but also addresses all the general dental needs of children throughout their growth and development. Our practice is designed to help instil informed and pro-active dental habits to help your children maintain optimal oral health. We also provide services for children with medical conditions that require specialist care.

Our specialised areas of treatment include:

Early childhood

Preventative dentistry/ fissure sealants

Restorative dentistry

Sporting Injuries/ Mouth guards

Genetic and Inherited Disorders and Syndromes involving teeth

Surgery Tongue Ties/Frenum

Interceptive Orthodontics

Routine Check-ups

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Preventative Dentistry

We continually promote prevention over cure to save time, money, and to enable greater quality of life. During their formative years of learning and speech, maintenance of your child’s dental arch is absolutely paramount. We detect, assess and prevent orthodontic problems early on to ensure they’re managed before a bigger problem arises. Routine 6-monthly check-ups are a necessary part of keeping your child’s oral health in in check, and we recommend you begin this process from between the ages of 6-12 months—once their first tooth has come through.

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Restorative

Restorative dentistry is an all-inclusive term that covers the rehabilitation of disease, or any issues that might impact the health, functionality, or aesthetic of your child’s teeth. This is particularly important for growing kids, because there’s an opportunity to remedy any problems that might have lasting impact on confidence and wellbeing. Paediatric restorative dentistry might be necessary to treat:

  • Misaligned jaw or teeth
  • Cavities & Tooth Decay
  • Root canal
  • Gum Disease
  • Tooth replacements and more.

X-rays are an integral part of dentistry, because the naked eye simply can’t detect the source or extent of all dental problems. We use X-rays to detect decay, extensive gum disease, missing teeth, and to help with the diagnosis of root canal.

mouth-guard

Sport Injury

Sports-related or accidental dental trauma requires immediate attention.

We offer comprehensive assessments to determine the scale of damage before implementing treatment methods to relieve pain and correct damage. X-rays are usually taken, and exposed dentin or pulp is treated within an hour of arrival. Emergencies are always given priority, because with the curious and fearless nature of children comes plenty of unforeseen incidents!

If we have fitted in an emergency and run a little late, please forgive us.

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Genetic Disorders

We offer a range of solutions and on-going treatment plans to correct genetic dental conditions. Some of the more common problems we treat are:

  • Tooth number and tooth form disorders are of prime importance in long term space management of the dental arch, function and aesthetics.
    Temporomandibular joint disorders in later years may evolve where early interceptive treatment is missed.
  • Tongue Ties (where the tissue under the tongue—lingual frenum—is shorter than usual, which reduces tongue mobility).
  • Labial Frenectomies (when the labial frenulum—connected to the centre of the upper lip and between the front teeth—is short, therefore creating a large gap and gum recession by pulling the gums off the bone).

We also offer interceptive Orthodontics to correct malocclusions as soon as they’re detected.

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Tongue Ties

Tongue ties are a genetic disorder where the tissue under the tongue (lingual frenum) is shorter than usual, which reduces tongue mobility. This can cause issues with speech and articulation, eating, learning, confidence, and can impact your child’s oral health by making them more susceptible to food debris, halitosis and periodontal disease.

To remedy the problem, we use Argon Beam Electrosurgery which is a safe and effective way of removing tissue with minimal repercussion for the patient. The benefits of this system include:

  • Reduced blood loss
  • Reduced OR procedure time
  • Enhanced clinical effectiveness
  • Less tissue damaged
  • Enhanced healing
  • Reduced risk of infection
  • Minimal smoke plume and odour
  • Enhanced safety.
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Interceptive Orthodontics

Our team assess, diagnose and treat any abnormalities tooth size/jaw size discrepancies treated early can lead to  better facial development and functionality. Malocclusions can be genetic, but they also occur as a result of habits such as thumb sucking, nail biting, mouth breathing or tongue thrusting, along with injury or trauma. Malocclusions can have a detrimental impact on your child’s physical appearance, as well as their ability to chew, swallow, and speak clearly. Ideally, teeth should fit nicely in your mouth without over-crowding or prominent gaps, but it can be difficult for parents to know when to intervene while the child’s adult teeth are still in development. Our team will detect abnormalities during routine check-ups before devising the appropriate solution with the parents. Some of the treatments we might suggest (depending on the issue at hand) include:

  • Tooth removal to correct overcrowding
  • Braces to realign teeth
  • Plates or wires to stabilise the jaw bone
  • Re-shaping or bonding teeth.
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Routine Check Ups

Routine 6-monthly check-ups are absolutely vital to retaining your child’s oral health as your child continually grows. It’s an opportunity to ensure your child receives the right oral care education, while addressing any problems that arise before they do permanent damage. Monitoring a developing smile also gives us early opportunity to correct malalignments or structural problems with our interceptive orthodontic treatments if. A general routine check-up will entail:

  • Examination
  • Scale cleaning
  • Prophylactic brushing
  • Topical fluoride treatment.

To finalise your child’s check-up, we’ll devise an ongoing treatment plan to maintain optimal oral health. We promise that both you and your child will be 100% comfortable during this experience, and that you’ll leave with the peace of mind you deserve!

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Sedation Techniques

For maximum comfort, we use a range of sedation techniques for more invasive treatments. We understand that there’s an age-old stigma around trips to the dentist, so we take every measure to create a positive and relaxing environment for your children. The methods we typically use are:

  • Local Anaesthesia: preceded with a topical gel.
  • Inhalation sedation (happy gas): This light form of sedation is a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen, and the child breathes it in through a nose-piece to induce drowsiness and relaxation.
  • Oral sedation: Commonly used on patients who experience severe stress or anxiety, oral sedation is basically the oral administration of a sedative that reduces feeling without sending the patient unconcious.
  • General anaesthesia: We use this at private Adelaide hospitals to treat children who are unable to cope with restorative dentistry or extractions in the dental chair. These procedures are carried out on a day stay basis with specialist anaesthetists, doctors and staff.

General Anaesthesia

Anaesthesia is a state of freedom from pain, and is a fantastic option for children who struggle with anxiety associated with dental procedures. In general anaesthesia, the entire body is anaesthetised, consciousness is lost and many body functions are altered. The anaesthetic can be administered only by a specialist medical practitioner anaesthetist, who will monitor your child during the operation.

Dr Verco will examine your child to ensure there are not any existing medical problems and liaise with your general medical practitioner or anaesthetist where necessary. Cooperation in fasting beforehand is a patient prerequisite.

He will personally attend Ashford Hospital or Adelaide Day Surgery to perform the surgery, so your child will be comfortable having a familiar face throughout the entire process.

Paediatric

Paediatric

Paediatric dentistry is a specialist area of dentistry which focusses on the oral health of children, adolescents, and those with special needs. Our service is not only limited to restorative dental care, but also addresses all the general dental needs of children throughout their growth and development. Our practice is designed to help instil informed and pro-active dental habits to help your children maintain optimal oral health. We also provide services for children with medical conditions that require specialist care.

Our specialised areas of treatment include:

Early childhood

Preventative dentistry/ fissure sealants

Restorative dentistry

Sporting Injuries/ Mouth guards

Genetic and Inherited Disorders and Syndromes involving teeth

Surgery Tongue Ties/Frenum

Interceptive Orthodontics

Routine Check-ups

Preventative Dentistry
preventativenew

Preventative Dentistry

We continually promote prevention over cure to save time, money, and to enable greater quality of life. During their formative years of learning and speech, maintenance of your child’s dental arch is absolutely paramount. We detect, assess and prevent orthodontic problems early on to ensure they’re managed before a bigger problem arises. Routine 6-monthly check-ups are a necessary part of keeping your child’s oral health in in check, and we recommend you begin this process from between the ages of 6-12 months—once their first tooth has come through.

Restorative
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Restorative

Restorative dentistry is an all-inclusive term that covers the rehabilitation of disease, or any issues that might impact the health, functionality, or aesthetic of your child’s teeth. This is particularly important for growing kids, because there’s an opportunity to remedy any problems that might have lasting impact on confidence and wellbeing. Paediatric restorative dentistry might be necessary to treat:

  • Misaligned jaw or teeth
  • Cavities & Tooth Decay
  • Root canal
  • Gum Disease
  • Tooth replacements and more.

X-rays are an integral part of dentistry, because the naked eye simply can’t detect the source or extent of all dental problems. We use X-rays to detect decay, extensive gum disease, missing teeth, and to help with the diagnosis of root canal.

Sport Injury
mouth-guard

Sport Injury

Sports-related or accidental dental trauma requires immediate attention.

We offer comprehensive assessments to determine the scale of damage before implementing treatment methods to relieve pain and correct damage. X-rays are usually taken, and exposed dentin or pulp is treated within an hour of arrival. Emergencies are always given priority, because with the curious and fearless nature of children comes plenty of unforeseen incidents!

If we have fitted in an emergency and run a little late, please forgive us.

Genetic Disorders
genetic

Genetic Disorders

We offer a range of solutions and on-going treatment plans to correct genetic dental conditions. Some of the more common problems we treat are:

  • Tooth number and tooth form disorders are of prime importance in long term space management of the dental arch, function and aesthetics.
    Temporomandibular joint disorders in later years may evolve where early interceptive treatment is missed.
  • Tongue Ties (where the tissue under the tongue—lingual frenum—is shorter than usual, which reduces tongue mobility).
  • Labial Frenectomies (when the labial frenulum—connected to the centre of the upper lip and between the front teeth—is short, therefore creating a large gap and gum recession by pulling the gums off the bone).

We also offer interceptive Orthodontics to correct malocclusions as soon as they’re detected.

Tongue Ties
tongue

Tongue Ties

Tongue ties are a genetic disorder where the tissue under the tongue (lingual frenum) is shorter than usual, which reduces tongue mobility. This can cause issues with speech and articulation, eating, learning, confidence, and can impact your child’s oral health by making them more susceptible to food debris, halitosis and periodontal disease.

To remedy the problem, we use Argon Beam Electrosurgery which is a safe and effective way of removing tissue with minimal repercussion for the patient. The benefits of this system include:

  • Reduced blood loss
  • Reduced OR procedure time
  • Enhanced clinical effectiveness
  • Less tissue damaged
  • Enhanced healing
  • Reduced risk of infection
  • Minimal smoke plume and odour
  • Enhanced safety.
Interceptive Orthodontics
braces

Interceptive Orthodontics

Our team assess, diagnose and treat any abnormalities tooth size/jaw size discrepancies treated early can lead to  better facial development and functionality. Malocclusions can be genetic, but they also occur as a result of habits such as thumb sucking, nail biting, mouth breathing or tongue thrusting, along with injury or trauma. Malocclusions can have a detrimental impact on your child’s physical appearance, as well as their ability to chew, swallow, and speak clearly. Ideally, teeth should fit nicely in your mouth without over-crowding or prominent gaps, but it can be difficult for parents to know when to intervene while the child’s adult teeth are still in development. Our team will detect abnormalities during routine check-ups before devising the appropriate solution with the parents. Some of the treatments we might suggest (depending on the issue at hand) include:

  • Tooth removal to correct overcrowding
  • Braces to realign teeth
  • Plates or wires to stabilise the jaw bone
  • Re-shaping or bonding teeth.
Routine Check Ups
preventative

Routine Check Ups

Routine 6-monthly check-ups are absolutely vital to retaining your child’s oral health as your child continually grows. It’s an opportunity to ensure your child receives the right oral care education, while addressing any problems that arise before they do permanent damage. Monitoring a developing smile also gives us early opportunity to correct malalignments or structural problems with our interceptive orthodontic treatments if. A general routine check-up will entail:

  • Examination
  • Scale cleaning
  • Prophylactic brushing
  • Topical fluoride treatment.

To finalise your child’s check-up, we’ll devise an ongoing treatment plan to maintain optimal oral health. We promise that both you and your child will be 100% comfortable during this experience, and that you’ll leave with the peace of mind you deserve!

Sedation Techniques
sedationnew

Sedation Techniques

For maximum comfort, we use a range of sedation techniques for more invasive treatments. We understand that there’s an age-old stigma around trips to the dentist, so we take every measure to create a positive and relaxing environment for your children. The methods we typically use are:

  • Local Anaesthesia: preceded with a topical gel.
  • Inhalation sedation (happy gas): This light form of sedation is a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen, and the child breathes it in through a nose-piece to induce drowsiness and relaxation.
  • Oral sedation: Commonly used on patients who experience severe stress or anxiety, oral sedation is basically the oral administration of a sedative that reduces feeling without sending the patient unconcious.
  • General anaesthesia: We use this at private Adelaide hospitals to treat children who are unable to cope with restorative dentistry or extractions in the dental chair. These procedures are carried out on a day stay basis with specialist anaesthetists, doctors and staff.
General Anaesthesia

General Anaesthesia

Anaesthesia is a state of freedom from pain, and is a fantastic option for children who struggle with anxiety associated with dental procedures. In general anaesthesia, the entire body is anaesthetised, consciousness is lost and many body functions are altered. The anaesthetic can be administered only by a specialist medical practitioner anaesthetist, who will monitor your child during the operation.

Dr Verco will examine your child to ensure there are not any existing medical problems and liaise with your general medical practitioner or anaesthetist where necessary. Cooperation in fasting beforehand is a patient prerequisite.

He will personally attend Ashford Hospital or Adelaide Day Surgery to perform the surgery, so your child will be comfortable having a familiar face throughout the entire process.

There’s no longer a reason to put off your dentist visit