At Missoula Pediatric Dentistry we’re committed to being a leader in the field of pediatric dentistry by providing the highest possible level of care at all times, to all of our patients. Providing dental care to kids requires more than just medical proficiency. It requires an understanding of children. Over the years, MPD has a developed a very specific approach we call “The MPD Way”.


Our office attempts to schedule appointments at your convenience and when time is available. It’s best to schedule your child’s appointment for the time of day when they’re most cooperative.  Morning appointments usually catch them at their most refreshed.

Since appointed times are reserved exclusively for each patient, we ask that you please notify our office 24 hours in advance of your scheduled appointment if you’re unable to keep it.

Dental appointments are an excused school absence; however, missing school can be kept to a minimum when regular dental care is continued. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns about your child or have any special needs so that we may take care of your child in the best way possible.


You will need to complete several Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA) compliant forms. For your convenience we are pleased to provide our first time visit and intake forms.

Oral Hygiene

Educating and demonstrating the techniques for keeping not only teeth, but the entire mouth clean and healthy; presenting brushing and flossing instructions.

Routine Cleanings

Routine cleanings help to identify and prevent this issue, and we recommend these cleanings at least twice a year.


Exams provide an opportunity for the dentist to observe your child's development, teeth, surrounding soft tissues, and jaw.

Fluoride Application

At each dental follow up appointment, we apply a fluoride varnish to your child's teeth. Fluoride is documented to be safe and highly effective if used in the recommended quantities.

Diet/Sugar Analysis

Healthy eating habits lead to healthy teeth. Like the rest of the body, the teeth, bones and the soft tissues of the mouth need a well-balanced diet.

Digital X-Rays

Digital X-Rays spot more than cavities and without them, certain dental conditions can be missed. Our machines have quoted very low radiation: 70–90% less than the traditional film x-rays; even lower than spending a few hours in the sun.


When sealant is properly applied and maintained, they can successfully protect the chewing surfaces of your child's teeth. By forming a thin covering over the pits and fissures, sealants keep out plaque and food, thus decreasing the risk of decay.

Tooth-Colored Fillings

A plastic-based composite filling for most cavities. Improved filling material is allows a color match of the surrounding teeth. Similar to all filling materials, composite must be kept clean due to the risk of cavities forming around the filling, and to prevent staining.

Stainless Steel Crowns

Stainless Steel Crowns are used to restore teeth that are badly damaged due to large cavities, excessive grinding or wear. They are utilized when a filling is not possible in a tooth. For front teeth, stainless steel crowns with white facing are used to help with aesthetics.


Extractions may be necessary for many reasons, including risk of infection, preparation for orthodontics, crowding or for large cavities. We regularly perform extractions right here in our office.

Pulp Therapy

The pulp of a tooth is the inner core of the tooth. Pulp treatment is to maintain the affected tooth so that the tooth is not completely lost. Dental cavities and traumatic injury are the main reasons for a tooth to require pulp treatment.

Space Maintainers/Early Orthodontic Assessments

The pulp of a tooth is the inner core of the tooth. Pulp treatment is to maintain the affected tooth so that the tooth is not completely lost. Dental cavities and traumatic injury are the main reasons for a tooth to require pulp treatment.

General Anesthesia Dentistry

Pediatric dentists treat patients who have special challenges related to their age, behavior, medical status, and developmental disabilities. It may become important to treat utilizing staff that is trained in general anesthesia and sedating children. This provides a safe and controlled environment to complete comprehensive dental care. This treatment is provided in a variety of settings and also includes specific informed consent and instructions.

Nitrous Oxide

We recommend using Nitrous Oxide during restorative appointments, and can also use it during cleaning appointments for exceptionally anxious patients. Nitrous Oxide is always mixed with oxygen. 100% oxygen is administered at the end of the appointment, eliminating the Nitrous and its effects from your child's system. Patients can return to school, daycare or any other usual activities immediately after their dental appointment.

Conscious Sedation

Occasionally a child who is exceptionally fearful, anxious or cannot cooperate will be recommended for Conscious Sedation. Conscious Sedation is a controlled, pharmacologically-induced, minimally depressed level of consciousness that retains the patient's ability to independently maintain an airway. Special informed consent and instructions are necessary for these appointments.

Common Appliances

Lower Lingual Holding Arch (lower jaw with more than one missing tooth), Band and Loop (single missing tooth), and Nance Appliance (upper jaw) (upper jaw with more than one missing tooth)


We invite you to be present with your child during all of their visits to our practice.