The Department provides training in comprehensive oral health care for pediatric patients. The mission of our pediatric dental clinic reflects our belief that children deserve the best of oral health care. Our clinics provide comprehensive oral health examinations, teeth cleaning, fluoride treatments, sealants, restorative procedures (fillings, crowns, etc.), extractions and minor surgical procedures, space-maintainers, athletic mouth guard, interceptive orthodontic when applicable, and urgent care (trauma, infection, etc.).
The preceptors of the department are continuously enriching their skills which are necessary to engage the scholarly activities. They are involved in development of professional activities, designing and development of curriculum and creating eminent scholars, clinicians, leaders and efficient administrators for the future. Unique teaching methodology was followed in both theoretical and clinical skill based learning.
Preventive dentistry is an exclusive specialization in the field of pediatric dentistry that targets the prevention of dental diseases in children .The treatment performed in this specialization includes scaling, fluoride applications and pit and fissure sealants. Recent materials like Silver Diamine Fluoride are also being used.
Children with special needs are those who have certain disability that restricts them in performing daily life activities .We the pediatric dentists have the esteemed responsibility of providing comprehensive oral health care to patient with special health care needs .
General anesthesia (GA) is utilized for patients to provide comprehensive and high quality dental care when conventional dental treatment is not an option. Routine dental procedures for children are performed under GA for various reasons, including for patients of a very young age, uncooperative patients with complex medical/physical/mental conditions, with a need for extensive treatment.
Minor surgical procedures like frenectomy, operculectomy, splinting of traumatized teeth are carried out at chair side under local anaesthesia .
Restoration of carious lesions in primary and young permanent teeth continues to be one of the important services that the pediatric dentist provide for children in order to avoid future complicated treatment that the child may require. Esthetic restoration of traumatized young permanent anterior teeth is also done
Pulp therapy (pulpotomy , pulpectomy ) is one of the significant treatment which is performed by the pediatric dentist for a pulpally inflamed primary tooth in order to preserve the tooth in the arch to hold space for the erupting permanent tooth .
Root Canal Treatment is performed in pulpally inflamed permanent teeth with complete root formation. Apexification , Apexogenesis is performed in pulpally inflamed young permanent teeth with incomplete root formation using advanced bioactive materials like MTA and Biodentine .
Stainless steel crowns are full coronal restorations which maintain the integrity of pulpally treated primary and young permanent teeth and are also indicated for teeth with multi surface caries. Anterior esthetic crowns like strip crowns , poly carbonate and acrylic crowns are given to maintain the esthetics and function of traumatized and carious teeth which are treated pulpally .
Early interventions of transient malocclusion in the mixed dentition period are treated by procedures like serial extraction , myofunctional therapy and dentofacial orthopedics .
Deleterious oral habits like thumb sucking , mouth breathing , lip biting , tongue thrusting etc which hamper the child ‘s dentofacial growth are treated by removable and fixed habit breaking appliances .
Removable and fixed space maintainers are appliances that are given to patients with premature loss of primary teeth in order to preserve the space in the arch for the erupting permanent teeth. Special appliance like Gropers appliance is given for esthetic and functional rehabilitation of primary anterior teeth.
Extraction of non restorable, retained and mobile primary teeth is done under local anaesthesia .
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Dr.R.Jayaprakash graduated in the year 2008 from Saveetha University and has a teaching experience of 12 years. His area of expertise and interest include: Dental Traumatology, Pediatric Orthodontics, Special Care Dentistry. He has 16 National publications and 4 International publications to his credit.
Dr.Ramesh - Born and brought up at Neyveli, completed his B.D.S and M.D.S at Annamalai University, Chidambaram. Apart from being a specialist Pediatric Dentist, he is into teaching both in India & Abroad for past 7+ years. His research interest includes Dental materials used in pediatric dentistry and Inhalation sedation. His personal interests include reading books, trying different adventurous activities, etc.
Dr. Kalpana.H graduated her BDS degree from Meenakshi Ammal Dental College & Hospital, Chennai in the year 2016 & Pursued her MDS in Pediatric & Preventive Dentistry at Thai Moogambigai Dental College & Hospital, Chennai in the year 2021. She secured University 2nd rank in her master degree. She has 2 National & 3 International publications to her credit. She is skilled in pediatric endodontics & preventive orthodontics and her area of interest include special care dentistry and behavior management in child patients.
Dr. Karthika.S completed her under graduation from the prestigious Rajah Muthiah Dental College and hospital, Annamalai University, Chidambaram and pursued her post-graduation in Pediatric Dentistry at SRM Dental college, Ramapuram. She has undertaken various research projects and has 2 international publications to her credit. In addition to being a consultant pediatric dental surgeon, conducting research and training students drew her interest which made her enroll as a teaching faculty in Dental College. Her area of expertise and interest includes Special care dentistry, Interceptive orthodontics and Trauma prevention including management.
DR. Pragadeesh has completed his BDS from Ragas Dental College. He has participated in various CDE programs organized by IDA in and around Chennai. And working as a part time dentist in Arun Dental care. His personal interests include, music & sports.