Our top priority at SoCal Pediatric Dentistry is doing everything we can to prevent dental issues from occurring. Prevention begins with good dental habits, the right diet and regular visits to the dentist at a very early age. We cater to children of every age, and we love to educate parents about good oral hygiene and nutrition. Learn about our prevention services in the boxes below.
A dental sealant is a thin plastic-like material that coats the grooves and fissures on the back teeth to help protect those surfaces from dental caries (cavities). Children typically receive sealants around the ages of six (on their permanent first molars) and twelve (on their permanent second molars). SoCal Pediatric Dentistry is happy to provide sealants that are BPA-free to safely protect your child's teeth.
Having fluoride treatments done twice a year is a simple and efficient way to decrease your child's risk of dental decay by strengthening their teeth. After your child's examination and cleaning, Dr. Bri will recommend what type of fluoride treatment is right for your child. Be sure to contact us with any questions or to set up an appointment.
We care about minimizing your child's exposure to radiation. This is why we use digital x-rays which are 90% less radiation than traditional dental x-rays. To provide the very best care for your child, dental x-rays will only be taken on an as needed basis. Digital panoramic radiographs are also available to evaluate the growth and development of your mini-me.
As a new parent, we want to help you provide a foundation of good dental habits for your child. We will also advise you on your child's oral development expectations so you will be prepared as your child grows. Our office stands 100% by prevention dentistry, which is why this visit is on the house.
Routine dental evaluations are important to assess the dental health of your child, to properly diagnose and form a treatment plan, and to provide risk management to reduce dental caries (cavity) formation. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry guideline recommends that your child should be seen for cleanings and exams every six months.
Dr. Bri and her team at SoCal Pediatric Dentistry does their best to make your child feel relaxed and at ease, but sometimes, a child may feel anxious before or during treatment. There are different options she might suggest that are available if it appears cooperation or safety is an issue. Children who benefit from sedation dentistry may have the following:
Oral conscious sedation may be considered with children that are highly apprehensive where nitrous oxide alone was not effective. An oral medication is given to your child to help reduce anxiety and increase patient cooperativity. Your child is still conscious, but at a more relaxed and possibly drowsy state. Completion of treatment will still depend on the cooperativity of your child. Your child will need personal adult supervision for the day after leaving the office.
It’s great news that the incidence of tooth decay has significantly diminished over the years due to the use of fluoride and an increase in patient awareness. However, teeth are still susceptible to decay, infection, and breakage and sometimes need to be restored back to health. Through improved techniques and modern technology, we are now able to offer more options for restoring primary teeth and permanent teeth back to their normal shape, appearance and function.
In cases where there is significant loss of tooth structure, crowns are recommended for best support, function, and prognosis of the tooth. At SoCal Pediatric Dentistry we offer all white, no metal Zirconium crowns, as well as, stainless steel crowns (SSC).
When dental decay extends to the nerve of the tooth, pulp treatment is completed to the affected nerve in an attempt to preserve the tooth. The purpose of a pulpotomy (baby root canal) is to maintain tooth vitality and prevent early loss of the baby tooth. Early loss of baby teeth can possibly lead to future problems with the erupting permanent teeth.
SoCal Pediatric Dentistry only offers white colored BPA-free fillings (composite restorations) that contain no mercury. These are appropriate for smaller dental caries (cavities) and are aesthetic.
Silver Diamine Fluoride is a newer treatment that helps arrest dental caries (cavities) from continuing to progress. This allows us to treat dental decay in younger children who may have a difficult time sitting long enough to complete the treatment. The side effect of this material is that it does cause black discoloration in the decayed portion of the tooth. This is how we know the treatment is effective.
Sometimes because of pain, infection, and/or dental trauma, a tooth needs help "wiggling out." An infection should not be left in a child's baby tooth because it can damage the permanent tooth developing behind it, as well as, cause other health related problems and pain. Space maintainers are recommended to hold the space of the missing tooth until the permanent tooth is ready to erupt.