Pediatric Dentistry in Knoxville
Our goal is to ensure that each and every visit to our office is a positive experience for all of our patients.
Why See a Pediatric Dentist?
When considering a first dental appointment, or even if your child has already seen a general dentist, you may wonder, is it really necessary to go to a pediatric dentist? After all, many general dentists see children too. The fact is children have unique needs when it comes to their oral health, and being treated by a pediatric dentist can lead to much more beneficial dental experiences.
Dentists with Advanced Education & Specialized Training
For starters, visiting a pediatric dentist means visiting a dentist that has completed further training in pediatric dentistry on top of their standard dental education. This is in addition to a four-year college degree and dental school graduation. This chapter in their educational lives includes specialized training in how to treat the unique dental concerns of infants, children, and teens, such as proper teeth development. Pediatric dentists have also gained valuable experience in working directly with children, so they are more accustomed to helping kids who are scared or nervous feel completely at ease in the dental chair.
Kid-Friendly Dental Tools
When you take your child to a general family dentist, there is a good chance that the staff there will use standard-sized dental tools. While that doesn’t necessarily impact the quality of dental care a person can receive, pediatric dentists use specific, smaller dental instruments, which leads to more comfortable and less intrusive examinations for children. When you visit Children’s Dentistry of Knoxville, we can show your child that there’s nothing scary about the tools we use by introducing them one by one and explaining how they help us keep him or her healthy and smiling.
Fun, Child-Centered Office
Compared to visiting a clinical, “adult” dental office, our pediatric dental practice has been designed and decorated to be all about kids. With our jungle theme (we have a giant jungle tree!), toys and games in the reception area, and TVs above each dental chair, kids are free to unwind and make themselves at home. We even have a treasure tower where kids can claim a prize after each of their visits!
Education for a Lifetime of Healthy Smiles
Pediatric dentists are here to help children have a lifetime of great dental health. We take the time to teach children good habits when it comes to taking care of their teeth and gums, so that they can build a great foundation for healthy smiles year after year.
Your 1st Appointment
We look forward to welcoming you and your child to our practice for his or her first visit! Here is what you can expect:
During a first visit, we…
- Go over your child’s dental and medical history
- Complete a thorough examination of the teeth and gums
- Take X-rays, as needed
- Clean your child’s teeth and treat them with fluoride
- Provide instructions on at-home care
- Answer any questions you may have concerning your child’s oral health
As a special thank you for choosing us, every new patient receives a t-shirt at his or her first appointment. Our philosophy is to be there for your child as they grow older, so anytime your child outgrows his or her shirt, just ask for a replacement and we’ll be happy to give you a new one! Whenever your child wears their Children’s Dentistry of Knoxville t-shirt to their appointment, you’ll earn either a Darryl Dollar (if you’re Dr. Darryl’s patient) or a Britton Buck (if your Dr. B’s patient). Darryl Dollars and Britton Bucks count as entries to our monthly prize drawing. We have different prizes every month, so you can enter every time you come!Schedule Appointment
New Patient Forms
Shortly after scheduling your child’s appointment, you will receive an email with a link to an electronic version of our patient paperwork. We ask that you complete this and submit it at least one business day prior to the appointment.
If you are unable to complete patient forms electronically, please use the button below to print and complete the form. We ask that you return it to us one business day prior to your child’s appointment, whether by fax, mail, or drop it by our office and say hi!Download Forms