What is a pediatric dentist?
It is important to note that not all dentists who treat children are pediatric dentists. There is specific training that all pediatric dentists must undergo.
- A pediatric dentist receives an extra two to three years of training beyond dental school that focuses on the oral health of children.
- A pediatric dentist is focused on the oral health of children of all ages, from infants through the teenage years.
- A pediatric dentist focuses on the differences in dealing with children, particularly in terms of their behavior, growth, and development.
Pediatric dentists are specifically trained to deal with problems that are unique to children. For example, when a child might need a root canal on a tooth that is not fully formed, your dentist will need to approach this much differently than on an adult’s tooth.
Dr. Stefan Ionescu is a board-certified pediatric dentist who has a specific interest in working with children. He loves children and feels like he can relate to them particularly well. Like other pediatric dentists, he knows how important it is for children to feel comfortable and happy at the dentist. This is one of the reasons he enjoys bringing in his therapy dog to the office, a goldendoodle named Zorro.