Dr. Leo Morton is a pediatric dentist practicing in Glenview and Hoffman Estates, IL. Dr. Morton specializes in the oral health of children. Pediatric dentists tend to patients ranging in age from infancy to teenaged years. As a pediatric dentist, Dr. Morton takes care of a childs teeth, gums and mouth. Children can face dental problems like tooth decay and gum disease without proper care. Pediatric dentists can provide dental examinations, give cleanings and treatments, repair cavitities and dental injuries like fractured or knocked-out teeth, diagnose oral conditions and more.
Dr. Morton's philosphy of care is to provide Comprehensive, Comprehensive Pediatric Dental care from birth through adolescence. including caring for children with Special Needs and complex medical issues.
Education and Training
University of Nebraska, Lincoln MS in Pediatric Dentistry 1979
Loyola Dental School DDS 1977
American Board of Pediatric Dentistry
Dr. Leo Don Morton D.D.S.'s Expert Contributions
The first thing to know is why your son is fearful? What were his previous dental experiences. Based on that it is important for the dentist to be honest and compassionate with your child and tailor his experience based on that information. READ MORE
It really depends on what tooth it is. If it is a primary tooth then at 12 it should be removed. It is a permanent tooth then one has to determine the extent and location of the fracture. It could need anything from a restoration to a crown and root canal. READ MORE
I would not recommend an implant at this age. I would wait until he stops growing. In the interim, your dentist could provide transitional options. Additional thing to consider is whether there are any orthodontic needs. READ MORE
Decay in his primary teeth doesn't directly affect his permanent teeth. However, untreated tooth decay in his primary teeth can cause space loss which can affect permanent tooth eruption and spacing. Also, decay untreated in a primary tooth could lead to infection which could affect his permanent teeth depending on age. READ MORE
Tooth extractions are no more or less painful for children than anyone else. With proper local anesthesia this can be managed quite well. READ MORE
My recommendation for TMJ is to see an orthodontist who treats this and who should evaluate with a CBCT scan. READ MORE
Yes, a toothache can go away on its own depending on the cause of the discomfort. Yes, your son should see the dentist to thoroughly evaluate the cause of the toothache. READ MORE
Absolutely! Flossing is encouraged. READ MORE
He should have a comprehensive dental evaluation to determine cause of bleeding. Once the cause is determined then recommendations can be made to get the gums to a healthy state. Bleeding gums indicate there is a problem either locally such as inadequate hygiene or systemically such as an infection or some other issue. A comprehensive evaluation and medical history review is the best approach to diagnose the cause(s) READ MORE
Grinding of teeth at night is quite common in young children who are actively growing. It often occurs when they are very deeply asleep and there jaws are in the most relaxed position. No treatment is indicated unless significant wear is noted of the teeth. A comprehensive dental evaluation will aid in any recommendations. READ MORE
A dental CT scan is not indicated to monitor growth of the child. READ MORE
In addition you can floss his teeth, rinse with fluoride rinse if he can swish and spit. Additionally understand the role of nutrition in preventing cavities. Regular dental visits and professional cleaning and fluoride treatments also will help. READ MORE
Quality fillings with modern dental materials are very effective for children. Certain medications can be applied to decrease sensitivity. READ MORE
It is not uncommon for some children to have delayed eruption. 10 months is not extremely late and if your pediatrician is not concerned with any other medical issues then I would not be concerned and give you child a few months. If nothing begins then your dentist could take a small individual x ray to evaluate but I's be patient for now READ MORE
Yes. Use a small toothbrush with soft or ultrasoft bristles. READ MORE
If your child can swish and spit then you could use an over the counter childrens fluoride rinse. But if not then wait until your child can swish and spit. Always use with supervision... The mouthwash instructions will say not under 6 due to possibility of swallowing it. I've had some very cooperative 3 and 4 year olds able to do so but it really depends on the child and again....ALWAYS WITH SUPERVISION READ MORE
There is no need for antibiotics after an extraction of an over-retained baby tooth in healthy children without infection. READ MORE
I routinely don’t recommend whitening procedures on a 10 year old child. READ MORE
I would just suggest first dental visit by 1st Birthday to establish Dental Home and a risk assessment would be done as part of that first visit. READ MORE
Pediatric dentists treat children and adolescent patients. If your adolescent child feels uncomfortable in the office then you could consider evolving to a general dentist. Does your daughter still go to her pediatrician? We have many patients that still come to us because they are comfortable and confident well into their early college years but once they are no longer comfortable....it is time to move on. READ MORE
There are factors to consider here. You are correct that it will come out anyway. However if there is a significant problem needing root canal or pulpal treatment then the options are to treat or extract the tooth. Leaving an untreated problem could result in an abscess or even more significant facial infection. Depending on the tooth in question, dental age of the patient a space maintainer may be required if the tooth is extracted. We start losing our primary teeth around 6 but the process continues till we are 11 or 12. READ MORE
Children should have their first dental visit by their first birthday and then every 6 months. READ MORE
Teeth grinding in young children is quite common. It usually occurs when the child is so deeply asleep and the jaw is in a relaxed position. This grinding usually is a way that the teeth adjust to slight interferences as we are growing. Typically they are so soundly asleep that they don't realize it but is something that you notice. Nothing usually has to be done. However, if extensive wear is noticed than something may need to be done to prevent more extensive wear. Your dentist would be able to check this. This grinding is different than the grinding and trauma produced by grinding in older patients. The grinding usually subsides after the eruption of the 1st molars at around 6 years of age. READ MORE
Children should be seen at least every 6 months unless they are at higher risk and have already had multiple decayed teeth or cannot maintain their oral hygiene in which case should be seen more frequently. READ MORE
What are the chances that the spaces in my daughter's teeth will recur when her permanent teeth grow in?
There is a possibility that these spaces can be present when the permanent teeth but most often these spaces close due to the size differences of the permanent. teeth. READ MORE
Continue to help him as long as possible and as long as he "lets" you. Children do not have the dexterity to do a good job till 7 or 8 and in fact many adults don't do a good job as well! The longer you can help the better but stop before he goes to college.... READ MORE
I understand that she may give you a "hard time" but flossing is quite important and if you give in to the "hard time" she is giving you then she wins...you lose...and in the long run she loses. Try to make it fun for her to brush and floss. There are many games and apps for your phone that may help. READ MORE
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Faculty Titles & Positions
- Division Director Dental Division Advocate Lutheran General Hospital - 2017
- Blue Key National Honor Society Loyola Dental School 1977
- Fellowship American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
- American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
- American Board of Pediatric Dentistry
- American College of Dentists
- American Dental Association
- Illinois Dental Society
- Chicago Dental Society
- University Of Nebraska College Of Dentistry
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