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Watertown Pediatric Dentistry is proud to offer a variety of pediatric dental services to young patients throughout Watertown, NY. Our dental staff understands that going to the dentist can cause anxiety for both children and their parents. That is why we offer sedation dentistry to ensure every patient can receive the dental care they need to maintain a healthy, beautiful smile.


Services we offer include, but are not limited to:

Preventive Care

Preventive care is the cornerstone of good oral health. At Watertown Pediatric Dentistry, we use routine dental cleanings as an opportunity to educate our young patients on proper hygiene techniques. We also give parents tips on helping their children build a lifetime of healthy oral habits.

By visiting the dentist regularly:

• It keeps dental expenses lower by preventing problems
• Dr. Beuttenmuller is able to catch problems early when they do occur
• Our staff can provide proper maintenance of existing dental restorations
• Prevents untreated decay from growing and leading to larger decay, while preventing additional decay in new areas

Routine Dental Cleaning

It is suggested that children should be seen for a dental cleaning and routine exam every 6 months or as recommended by Dr. Beuttenmuller. During the cleaning, plaque and calculus will be removed from the teeth leaving behind a bright and polished smile.

Occasionally, (typically once a year) diagnostic radiographs (x-rays) need to be taken to help detect possible cavities in between teeth that cannot be seen by the naked eye.

Dental Sealants

Dental sealants are an important preventive measure that helps prevent decay on children’s permanent molars. They work by filling in the crevasses on the chewing surfaces of the teeth, which shuts out food particles that could cause cavities by getting caught in the teeth. Dr. Beuttenmuller recommends sealants be placed to help preserve your child’s teeth, and would be happy to discuss the benefits of sealants at your child’s next appointment!

Digital Radiographs

Radiographs are one of the most valuable tools a dentist has for diagnosing problems in the teeth and jaws. Not all issues can be detected by a visual examination alone. Especially with children, x-rays are used to monitor tooth growth and development as well as decay – helping us to keep their mouth and teeth healthy along the way.

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Our office is proud to provide this technology to our patients. Instead of using a traditional dark room, the images are sent electronically to a computer where it can then be easily viewed, stored, sent or printed. This technology and software produces much higher quality images, 90% less radiation and can be more comfortable for the patient than traditional films.

For kids who are unable to tolerate in the mouth radiographs, we have technology that allows cavity detecting radiographs to be taken from the outside of the mouth.

Fluoride Treatment

Fluoride is a great agent used to help prevent tooth decay. It is naturally present in different amounts in almost all food and water supplies. Benefits of using fluoride have been well known for over 50 years and are supported by many health and professional organizations.

Composite Filling

When a primary baby tooth is affected by decay or cracks, a dental filling is needed to restore the tooth. In a single dental appointment, the decayed or injured tooth will be removed, cleaned, and filled. Composite fillings can be matched to the color of the child's existing tooth. Since the color is the same as the original tooth, the filling will look aesthetically pleasing and restore your child's teeth to a healthy, beautiful smile.

Pulpotomy (Nerve Treatment for Primary Teeth)

When decay reaches the nerve/pulp of the baby tooth, a pulpotomy or baby root canal is necessary. The nerve located in the top of the tooth is removed and a medicament is place. For children the procedure is a very short process, which allows the tooth to remain intact till ready to fall out naturally.

Stainless Steel Crowns


Stainless steel crowns are the longest lasting, most predictable restoration. It is used when the decay is too extensive to restore with a filling.

White Crowns (Zirconia Crowns)

This restorative option offers the same benefits as the stainless steel crowns but aesthetically looks more natural when compared to a healthy baby tooth.

Space Maintainers

When a tooth has to be extracted due to the extent of decay, space maintainers help keep the teeth in the proper position until the permanent teeth erupt.

Sedation Dentistry

We understand that going to the dentist can scare some children. That is why we offer sedation dentistry services to ensure every child can get the dental care they need for a healthy smile. Types of sedation we offer at Watertown Pediatric Dentistry include:

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Nitrous Oxide: Nitrous Oxide, commonly known as laughing gas, is typically recommended for work appointments. Administered through a flavored nosepiece, nitrous oxide allows the child to remain conscious and responsive throughout the procedure while eliminating the nervousness and worry associated with dental procedures. Nitrous oxide is considered safe by dental and medical professionals alike.

Conscious Sedation: With conscious sedation, your child is given a dose of Versed depending on their weight and age. Conscious sedation makes it so the child does not remember what occurs during the procedure. Though they are sedated, there is a chance that your child may cry or move during the treatment. If a deeper sedation or longer working is needed, general anesthesia will be needed.



General Anesthesia: Any sedation beyond conscious sedation should be performed by an anesthesiologist. This is done to minimize the added risks when sedating kids to a deeper level of sedation. General anesthesia will be performed at Samaritan Medical Center. Depending on their age, amount of treatment needed, and their behavior, general anesthesia may be recommended for your child. The dental work is completed in an operating room at Samaritan Medical Center.

Custom Mouthguards

Soft plastic mouthguards are used to protect a child's teeth, lips, cheeks, and gums from sport related injuries. A custom fit mouthguard that is fabricated by a pediatric dentist will protect your child from injuries to the teeth, face, and even provide protection from severe injuries to the head.

Orthodontics

It is common for children to have a single or multiple teeth growing in that are not in the correct position. Anterior and posterior cross bites are also a common finding. Pediatric dentists need to diagnose these misaligned teeth early to avoid problems down the road. Orthodontic irregularities can be present at birth or develop during the toddler years. They can severely impact the normal growth and development. Dr. Beuttenmuller will discuss pediatric orthodontic options that can be completed in our office.

Special Needs Dental Care

Dr. Beuttenmuller is trained and experienced in providing dental care to young patients who have special needs. Since pediatric dentists require two more years of training beyond dental school, Dr. Beuttenmuller has received specific training on how to properly care for patients with special needs. You can be sure your child is in capable and caring hands. If you have any questions about special needs dental care for your child, don't hesitate to call our office today!

Emergency Care

When accidents happen, Watertown Pediatric Dentistry is just a phone call away. If your child is dealing with a dental emergency, prompt treatment is generally required to alleviate pain and ensure the patient's oral and overall health. If your child is dealing with a dental emergency, call us immediately at 315-221-4044 and we will schedule them in as soon as possible.

Dental Health Presentations

If your school or childcare center would like a dental presentation, please contact our office. Dr. Andrew visits several local schools during the month of February for Give Kids a Smile or at other scheduled times throughout the year.

Get Your Child on Track to a Healthy Smile!

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