Pediatric Dentistry

Judith Ragsdale, DDS, MSD, has been growing great smiles in The Woodlands since 1986. Dr. Ragsdale is one of the Houston area’s most beloved and well-respected board-certified pediatric dentists providing expert ongoing care for infants, children, teens, and children with special needs. She and her staff are committed to making your child’s first dental visit at her office a fun, stress-free dental experience. Her goal is to help your child establish a lifetime habit of regular dental visits and also to ensure that he or she will look forward to visiting the dentist on a regular basis. You and your child will be warmly greeted by her staff and courteously treated throughout each visit. The entire staff uses language that will reduce anxiety and establish trust with them. They will not mislead your child, but will discuss dental care in a positive, affirming way. Dr. Ragsdale and her exceptional team, look forward to having you be a part of their dental family.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Preventive

Home Oral Care Instruction:

 To help our patients help themselves we offer, as part of our regular dental check-ups, tips, advice, and direction on how to reduce your child’s risk of developing serious tooth and gum problems. These tips include proper brushing and flossing techniques, as well as advice concerning the use of mouth rinses.

 

Dental Prophylaxis:

Prophylaxis, also known as teeth cleaning, helps maintain health teeth and gums. A professional teeth cleaning involvesremoval of tartar and plaque, followed by tooth polishing. Visiting your dentist regularly (every six months in the absence of periodontal disease)to have your teeth cleaned helps remove plaque, which may accumulate, even if you practice good home care habits.

Fluoride treatment: Fluoride has been used for over seventy years as an additive in drinking water to help strengthen enamel and prevent tooth decay. While this has helped reduce the incidence of decay in the American population, many patients also benefit from periodic in-office fluoride treatment. It is typically applied as gel, foam or varnish, and is painless.

 

Dental Sealants:

Sealants protect your child’s teeth from decay. Sealants are placed on the biting surfaces of premolars (bicuspids) and molars to seal the grooves and pits of the teeth.. The teeth are prepped for the sealant application and the sealant is painted directly on the chewing surface of the teeth and then hardens. Sealants are applied in one visit.

 

Diagnostic

Comprehensive oral evaluation: An oral evaluation is recommended every six (6) months to prevent cavities and other dental problems. During an oral evaluation a thorough examination is done to check the hard and soft tissues of the mouth.

 

Dental X-rays:

Dental X-rays, also known as radiographs, have long been used by dentists to help identify current and potential issues such as tooth decay, bone defects, tumors, cysts and other tissue abnormalities. They are also a useful tool for confirming the status of previously delivered treatment.

Digital X-rays are considered to be the new standard of care, because they significantly reduce radiation exposure, while delivering instant, high-quality images that can be shared immediately to aid in treatment presentation, and for the patient to make an informed decision about their care.

 

Restorative & Aesthetic

Composite fillings:

Advances in dentistry now make it possible to replace unsightly metal-based fillings with natural looking material made from composite materials. Also known as cosmetic bonding, it refers to the process of restoring teeth with a material that matches the color and texture of adjacent teeth. Once decay has been removed, the tooth is filled with the composite material and cured so that it hardens immediately. The entire procedure is completed in just one visit.

Amalgam (silver) fillings: Amalgam fillings are strong and durable. Amalgam fillings can be done in one visit. Once the decay is removed from the tooth, it is filled with this amalgam material and hardens within a few minutes after placement.

 

Pulpotomy/Pulpectomy/Baby Root Canal Treatment:

Root canal therapy (also known as endodontia) is the treatment of choice when decay has progressed to the where it extends inside the tooth, affecting the pulp or root system. When this occurs, a pulpotomy (pulpectomy for children) becomes necessary. The process involves removing the pulp, cleaning out the root canals, and packing the canals with material that will help restore the tooth until it is time for it to exfoliate (or fall out on its own naturally).

 

Dental Crowns:

A dental crown is a restoration that covers or caps a tooth, restoring it to its normal size and shape. Crowns are necessary when the tooth is broken down to the point where a filling won’t be effective. In order to effectively place a crown, tooth structure will be taken away to help create an esthetically pleasing fit.

 

Extractions:

A dental extraction is the removal of extremely decayed or broken teeth. To perform an extraction, the area is anesthetized to minimize discomfort and the tooth is then rocked back and forth until it is removed from its socket.

 

Sinsational Smile Whitening:

Professional teeth whitening in only 20 minutes! It’s best to have your teeth whitened immediately after your teeth have been professionally cleaned. Call our office to add this whitening feature to your next scheduled teeth cleaning! Click the link below for additional information such as an informational video, testimonials, Q & A, and graphics.

 

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Laser Dentistry:

Lasers in dentistry allow for many dental procedures to be performed with no noise, very little pain and fewer appointments. All lasers work by delivering energy in the form of light. When used for surgical and dental procedures, the laser acts as a cutting instrument. When used in teeth-whitening procedures, the laser acts as a heat source and enhances the effect of tooth-bleaching agents. The procedures performed with dental lasers are minimally invasive and preferable to conventional surgery.

 

Other benefits of laser dentistry over traditional methods can include:

  • Reduced heat and vibration
  • Little or no need for anesthetic
  • Faster treatment time
  • Less post-operative complications

 

Some dental treatments using lasers include:

  • Whiten teeth
  • Reshape gum tissue
  • Biopsy or remove soft tissue lesions and ulcers
  • Eliminate pockets of infected gum tissue
  • Correct ankyloglossia (tongue-tied)

 

Interceptive Orthodontics

Habit Appliance:

A habit appliance is useful to help stop a thumb or finger habit and/or to help re-train an improper tongue position or swallowing pattern. It is necessary to place an appliance to minimize the harm and distortion the habits or tongue posture can have on teeth. Most habit appliances are banded for adhesion to the back molars and are not removable.

 

Space Maintenance:

Space maintainers are used to keep teeth from drifting into an empty tooth space due to early loss of primary (baby) teeth. Baby teeth act as a guide for the eruption of the permanent teeth. A space maintainer is made of stainless steel and/or plastic. It can be removable or fixed to the teeth.

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