All Dental Specialists (Pediatric Dentists, Orthodontists, Oral Surgeons and others) begin by completing dental school, then continue their education with several years of additional Education and Training before completing an examination and Certification Process for their respective specialties.

As a result, these Specialists represent the absolute “Best of the Best” in clinal care for Dental and Oral health.

A brief summary of the requirements to become a Pediatric Dental Specialist and an Orthodontic Specialist is set forth below, as well as a description of how they are uniquely qualified to best satisfy all of the dental and oral health needs of you and your family.

PEDIATRIC DENTAL SPECIALISTS

Pediatric Dentistry is the specialty of dentistry that focuses on the oral health of infants, children and adolescents, including young people with special needs. All Pediatric Specialists are Dentists, but only 3% of the Dentists in the United States are Pediatric Specialists.

Education and Training

There are three steps in a Pediatric Dentists’ education:  college, dental school and a Pediatric Residency Program.  It can take 10 or more years of education after high school to become a Pediatric Dental Specialist.  After completing college requirements, the prospective Pediatric Specialist attends dental school.  Upon graduation, the future Pediatric Specialist must be accepted as a student in an accredited Pediatric Dental Residency Program, then successfully complete a minimum of two academic years of study.  The Pediatric student learns the skills required for the detection and treatment of dental diseases of infants and children, as well as the development of preventative dental health habits that keep a child free from dental/oral disease.

This Education and Training includes the following:

  • Periodicity of Examination, Preventive Dental Services, Anticipatory Guidance, and Oral Treatment for Infants, Children, and Adolescents
  • Caries-risk Assessment and Management for Infants, Children, and Adolescents
  • Perinatal Oral Health Care
  • Adolescent Oral Health Care
  • Oral Health Care for the Pregnant Adolescent
  • Management of Dental Patients with Special Health Care Needs
  • Oral and Dental Aspects of Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Fluoride Therapy
  • Behavior Guidance for the Pediatric Dental Patient
  • Protective Stabilization for Pediatric Dental Patients
  • Use of Local Anesthesia for Pediatric Dental Patients
  • Use of Nitrous Oxide for Pediatric Dental Patients
  • Monitoring and Management of Pediatric Patients During and After Sedation for Diagnostic and Therapeutic Procedures
  • Use of Anesthesia Personnel in the Administration of Office-based Deep Sedation/General
  • Anesthesia to the Pediatric Dental Patient
  • Clinical Practice for the Use of Pit-and-Fissure Sealants
  • Restorative Dentistry
  • Pulp Therapy for Primary and Immature Permanent Teeth
  • Management of the Developing Dentition and Occlusion in Pediatric Dentistry
  • Dental Management of Heritable Dental Developmental Anomalies
  • Acquired Temporomandibular Disorders in Infants, Children, and Adolescents
  • Management Considerations for Pediatric Oral Surgery and Oral Pathology
  • Use of Antibiotic Therapy for Pediatric Dental Patients
  • Antibiotic Prophylaxis for Dental Patients at Risk for Infection

Licensing and Board Certification

A Pediatric Dental Specialist candidate must successfully pass State Board Examinations to become a Licensed Pediatric Dental Specialist.

A Pediatric Dental Specialist may also pass a National Board Examination of the Academy of Pediatric Dentistry to become a “Board Certified” Pediatric Dentist.

Pediatric Specialist Title

Only Licensed Pediatric Specialists are eligible for membership in the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.

Only those who have successfully completed this formal Education and Licensing process may call themselves “Pediatric Specialists”.

General Dentists who advertise that they serve children are not Pediatric Dental Specialists and do not have the Training and Licensing of Pediatric Specialists.

Pediatric Dental Specialists limit their scope of work only to Pediatric Dentistry.

Qualifications and Expertise

Pediatric Specialists are uniquely qualified in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of Infant and Children’s Dentistry.  They dedicate their professional lives to creating healthy, beautiful smiles in children, teens and special needs children.

Because of the Pediatric Dentist’s advanced education and clinical experience, they have the unique knowledge and skills necessary to meet every child’s individual dental treatment needs.

ORTHODONTIC SPECIALISTS

An Orthodontic Specialist is a Dentist who specializes in moving teeth and aligning jaws. All Orthodontists are Dentists, but only 6% of Dentists in the United States are Orthodontists.

An Orthodontist is a Certified Dental Specialist who has successfully completed the following Education, Training, and Licensing.

Education and Training

There are three steps in an orthodontist’s education:  college, dental school, and Orthodontic Residency Program.  It can take 10 or more years of education after high school to become an Orthodontist.  After completing college requirements, the prospective Orthodontist attends dental school.  Upon graduation, the future Orthodontist must be accepted as a student in an accredited Orthodontist Residency Program, then successfully complete between two and three academic years of study.  The Orthodontic student learns the skills required to manage tooth movement (Orthodontics) and guide facial development (Dentofacial Orthopedics).

This Education and Training Includes:

  • Introduction to Orthodontics
  • Cephalometric Analysis
  • Orthodontic Malocclusions
  • Core Biomedical Sciences
  • Advanced Biomedical Sciences
  • Biometrical Principles
  • Biomedical Growth and Developments
  • Advanced Biomedical Sciences
  • Craniofacial Anomalies
  • Orthodontic Materials
  • Research Methods
  • Advanced Research
  • Practice Management
  • Radiology
  • Diagnostic, Treatment Planning and Case Presentation
  • Clinical Orthodontics – 30 Months
  • Independent Research
  • Thesis Preparation and Presentation

Licensing

An Orthodontist candidate must successfully pass State Board Examinations to become a Licensed Orthodontist.

Only Licensed Orthodontist Specialists are eligible for membership in the American Association of Orthodontics.

Orthodontist Title

Only those who have successfully completed this formal Education and Licensing may call themselves “Orthodontists”.

Orthodontists limit their scope of work to Orthodontics only.

Qualifications and Expertise

Orthodontists are uniquely qualified in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of orthodontic problems. They dedicate their professional lives to creating healthy, beautiful smiles in children, teens, and adults.  Well-aligned teeth are more than attractive:  they make it possible to bite, chew and speak effectively.  Orthodontic care is often part of a comprehensive oral health plan.

Orthodontists use a variety of “appliances”, including braces, clear aligner trays, and retainers, to move teeth or hold them in their new positions.  Because of orthodontists’ advanced education and clinical experience, they have the knowledge and skills necessary to recommend the best kind of appliance to meet every individual patient’s treatment needs.

PEDIATRIC AND ORTHODONTIC TEAM

Dr. Keaton and Allison Tomlin have teamed together with a key goal of offering a comprehensive and prevention-focused approach to growth and development for your child.  This includes Specialized Pediatric Dentistry and Advanced Specialty Orthodontic care for children and teens (and adult orthodontic care).  Dr. Keaton Tomlin is one of a limited number of specialists in Pediatric Dentistry in Las Vegas and Dr. Allison Tomlin is a specialist in Orthodontics.  Every member of our professional clinical support staff is trained in pediatric dentistry and/or orthodontics.  Our administrative staff is well versed in the differences between dental and orthodontic insurance as well.  Our integrated approach to your child’s care provides numerous benefits when compared to taking your child to a different office for orthodontic treatment or pediatric/general dentistry.

  • Our Doctors regularly consult with each other about your child’s care with the goal of making treatment seamless and comprehensive. This is made possible by having our specialists working together as one practice throughout your child’s development from age one to eighteen.
  • Your child’s Pediatric dental check-up visits are routinely scheduled together with his/her Orthodontic visits to cut down on the total number of trips to the dentist.
  • Our assistants are able to remove our orthodontists’ arch wires to do a more thorough dental cleaning at your child’s check-up appointments.
  • Dr. Allison Tomlin utilizes adhesive agents that contain fluoride when applying the braces to help prevent enamel decalcifications that can result from poor oral hygiene. Our clinical staff or Doctors apply Fluoride Varnish at every cleaning to enhance the prevention of cavities and improve the health of your child’s enamel.
  • Both Drs. Keaton and Allison Tomlin are astute in detecting any dental problems, such as a cavity or a tooth requiring removal, or if your child needs any routine dental care such as sealants – Any necessary treatment can be scheduled to coincide with your child’s orthodontic visits.
  • We have a dedicated digital imaging and fully integrated electronic records area in the office. Once your child begins treatment with either Dr. Keaton or Dr. Allison, all historical imaging records are available to each doctor.
  • We can custom make an orthodontic mouthguard for your child to help prevent dental injuries during sports.