Pediatric Procedures – The primary teeth often referred to as baby teeth, and their relationship to one another set the foundation for the future growth and development of the adult dentition.

Any problems such as carious lesions, trauma, and harmful habits (tongue thrusts, thumb-sucking, finger sucking, and nail biting), speech difficulties, or abnormal growth patterns encountered during the formative years can have an adverse or even a devastating effect on the adult dentition.

Abnormal eruption patterns could be caused by premature loss of baby teeth. If an adult tooth is delayed in its eruption sequence, adjacent teeth can drift into the space normally reserved for the erupting tooth. This causes crowding and lack of normal development of the bone structure which houses the teeth. So, for the long-term oral health, the pediatric procedures and maintenance play important role.


After the pediatric patient has been seated in the dental chair, the Pediatric Procedures to be performed on him or her are thoroughly explained in simple terms. An important motto with the pedo patient should be informed before you perform. Questions are encouraged and answers are given in an unhurried, calm manner.

As the dentist works with the patient, the dental assistant must be alert to any problems and be ready to restrain a patient’s sudden reaction. The dental assistant must be prepared to possibly intercept any unacceptable behavior that affects treatment. Firm, directive communication to the patient is required in some cases when the dentist is concentrating on a pediatric procedures.