Children’s Dentistry - Dr. Joseph Benbassat

Richmond Hill dentist

Dr. Joseph Benbassat is a certified Pediatric Dentist who has been practicing Dentistry for Children and Adolescents in Richmond Hill since 1989. New patients are welcome!

Our office is a full-scope pediatric dental practice that provides both primary and comprehensive preventive and therapeutic oral health care for infants and children through adolescence, including those with special health care needs.

    The primary focus of most dental specialties is a particular area of oral expertise. Pediatric dentistry, or dentistry for children, encompasses a variety of disciplines, techniques, procedures, and skills that share common basis with other specialties, but are modified and adapted to the special needs of infants, children, adolescents and those with special health care needs

At the present time, our children dental practice treats infants, children, adolescents and adults from Richmond Hill, Thornhill, Vaughan and the entire York Region, as well as North York and Toronto. Wherever you live, we welcome your kids! Referrals are not necessary

Dr Joseph Benbassat has been practicing as a Pediatric Dentist in Richmond Hill since 1989 and has been on staff at York Central Hospital since 1990.

Dr Benbassat received his dental degree from the Universidad Tecnologica de Mexico in 1984. He completed his specialty training in Pediatric Dentistry from the University of Toronto in 1987. He completed a one year Residence in Dentistry at the University of Toronto in 1988. He received his National Dental Examining Board certification in 1988.

Our Services


Initial visits/Consultations

The initial visit/consultation in our office has two defined goals:

  • To thoroughly examine your child, discuss the findings and treatment recommendations, and to answer all your questions.
  • To ensure, to the extent possible, that your child has a positive first experience in our office, so he/she can be more relaxed and at ease.

Parents are always asked to be in the operatory with their child at the time of the examination or whenever treatment is performed, at the discretion of the parent.


Preventive treatment

  • The main goal of preventive treatment is to prevent or minimize dental caries, to prevent or minimize malocclusions (crooked teeth).
  • Regular dental visits help your child stay cavity-free. Dental cleanings remove debris that build up on the teeth, irritate the gums and cause decay. Fluoride treatments renew the fluoride content in the enamel, strengthening teeth and preventing cavities. Hygiene instructions improve your child's brushing and flossing, leading to cleaner teeth and healthier gums. A dental check-up is recommended at least twice a year for most children. Some children need more frequent dental visits because of increased risk of tooth decay, unusual growth patterns or poor oral hygiene.
  • Tooth decay isn't the only reason for a dental visit. The pediatric dentist provides an ongoing assessment of changes in your child's oral health. For example, your child may need additional fluoride, dietary changes, or sealants for ideal dental health. The pediatric dentist may identify orthodontic problems and suggest treatment to guide the teeth as they emerge in the mouth.
  • What are sealants? The permanent molars are the most common teeth on which dental sealants are placed. In many cases, it is near impossible for children to clean the tiny deep and narrow grooves on the chewing surface of their back teeth. When a sealant is applied, these grooves and crevices on the biting surface of the tooth are filled with a liquid that is flowed on the surface and then hardens into a plastic. These grooves are thus sealed, and food can no longer get stuck in them, therefore cavities cannot occur on these surfaces.There has been some controversy in the media over the safety of dental sealants due to the fact that some contain bisphenol A. This in spite that Health Canada (together with numerous national health organizations) has specifically expressed that dental sealants are safe. The sealant that we normally use in our office, does not contain bisphenol A.


Restorative treatment

  • Dental caries (cavities) in primary (baby) teeth are very common in children. Unless a decayed baby tooth is close to exfoliation, it is important to restore it, in order to prevent future dental pain, dental infection or premature loss of the baby tooth, with the consequent effect on the alignment and spacing of the remaining baby teeth or even the permanent replacement.
  • In our office we only do white dental fillings, we do not use dental amalgam (silver fillings). When cavities in primary teeth are very large, and cannot be properly restored with a white filling, we use prefabricated stainless steel crowns that look like metallic teeth (but are not silver fillings).


Nitrous Oxide Sedation (Laughing gas)

  • Most children are calm, comfortable and confident in a pediatric dental office. The office is designed for young people, and pediatric dentists have additional training in caring for infants, children and adolescents. Sometimes, however, a child may feel anxious before or during treatment. Your child may need more support than a gentle, caring manner to feel comfortable. Nitrous oxide/oxygen is a safe, effective sedative agent used to calm a child’s fear of the dental visit and enhance effective communication. Additionally, it works well for children whose gag reflex interferes with dental treatment.
  • Nitrous oxide/oxygen (N2O-O2) is a blend of two gases: oxygen and nitrous oxide. A fitted mask is placed over the nose and, as the patient breathes normally, uptake occurs through the lungs. Your child will smell a faint, sweet aroma and experience a sense of well-being and relaxation. Since it may produce a feeling of giddiness or euphoria, it is often called "laughing gas." Children sometimes report dreaming and their arms and legs may feel "tingly." It raises the pain threshold and may even make the time appear to pass quickly. If your child is worried by the sights, sounds or sensations of dental treatment, he or she may respond more positively with the use of nitrous oxide/oxygen.
  • Nitrous oxide/oxygen is perhaps the safest sedative in dentistry. It is well tolerated. It has a rapid onset, is reversible, can be adjusted in various concentrations and is non- allergenic. Your child remains fully conscious and keeps all natural reflexes when breathing nitrous oxide/oxygen. He/she will be capable of responding to a question or request. Nitrous oxide/oxygen may also be used in combination with other sedative agents.


General Anesthesia

  • General anaesthesia is a controlled state of unconsciousness that eliminates awareness, movement and discomfort during dental treatment.
  • General anaesthesia may be indicated for children with extensive dental needs who are extremely uncooperative, fearful or anxious or for the very young who do not understand how to cope in a cooperative fashion. General anaesthesia also can be helpful for children requiring significant surgical procedures or patients having special health care needs.
  • We offer dental treatment under general anesthesia both in our office and at York Central Hospital. In either case, it is a certified anesthetist who performs the general anesthetic. Dr Benbassat, or one of his associates, performs the dental treatment.


Contact Us


10 Headdon Gate, Unit 1 ,
Richmond Hill, ON, L4C 8A2


Mon: 10AM-7PM

Tue: 8AM-7PM

Wed: 9AM-7PM

Thu: 9AM-7PM

Fri: 8AM-2PM


Sun: 9AM-1PM (Alternate weeks, Winter only)


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