My daughter is 16. Currently, she still loves her pediatric dentist but I’m worried. I think it’s time for her to move on. Is there an easy way to transition her? Is there a year she’s required to move on?
It’s fantastic that your pediatric dentist has such a great relationship with her daughter. That will set her up for her lifetime of good oral health. Each clinic will have its own rules for when they request children move on.
The first thing I’d do is talk to your dentist about the situation. They’ll give you an idea of when they think it’s in her best interest to move on. That will help you know how fast she has to move on.
Transitioning from a Pediatric Dentist to an Adult Dentist
One thing I’d recommend when it is time for her to move on is that you use a general dentist who also treats children. They’ll have the type of kind, gentle chairside manner she was used to from a clinic which deals with children on a regular basis.
They will be able to not only give her a gentle start with an adult dentist, but they’re actually more qualified to deal with her growing needs and more concerned with the aesthetics of their work than a pediatric dentist would be.
For instance, when a pediatric dentist does a crown, they’re almost always a silver crown. Your daughter would want an all-porcelain crown which will match the rest of her teeth. Plus, the dentist will be more likely to have the skills necessary to make it blend in with her other teeth’s colors.
Your current dentist may even be able to recommend someone who’d be perfect for her next journey in life. Also, be aware if she’s used to using sedation with her dental procedures, you’ll want to make sure the new dentist offers sedation options as well.
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