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Should My Teen See a General Dentist or Pediatric Dentist?

February 26, 2022 10:07 pm

Have you taken your child to a pediatric dentist their whole life? Now that they’re a teenager, should they keep going to a pediatric dentist or transition to a general dentist? Here are some helpful tips to decide which type of dentist your teen should visit.

Benefits of a Pediatric Dentist for Teens

Even though your teen has lost all of their baby teeth, teens go through a lot of developmental transformations up until they’re 22 years old! With that in mind, it’s always beneficial to see a dentist who specifically specializes in caring for patients who are going through such rapid and unique changes.

For example, many pediatric dentists also offer orthodontics, which many teens need due to overcrowded teeth, crooked teeth, and uneven teeth. A pediatric dentist can help explore different ways to help your child’s unique orthodontic needs and also oversee their general oral health development.

Many teens also need problematic wisdom teeth removed. Pediatric dentists have special training in gentle extraction and oral surgery for developing mouths, as well as in the safe administration of dental sedation to help patients feel comfortable and relaxed.

Cost of a Pediatric Dentist

At Tots to Teens Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, we offer a variety of financing options to make care affordable for our patients’ families. Plus, because pediatric dentists specialize in young smiles, their expertise can prevent you and your teen from paying more for restorative treatments in adulthood.

San Antonio Pediatric Dentist for Teens

Whether or not your teen should see a pediatric dentist is up to you and your child. At Tots to Teens, we’re more than happy to help answer any questions you may have and help guide you and your teen through the decision.

We offer specialized dental services, including baby root canals and dental crowns, for children and teens. Our office is open Mondays through Fridays from 8 AM to 5 PM and is located on 5723 N. Foster Road Suite 105 in San Antonio. Contact us today to schedule your child’s appointment!


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