Why it Is Important to Save a Decayed or Injured Tooth
Your child’s baby teeth have relatively short lifespans but serve many purposes. You may wonder if saving your child’s decayed or injured tooth is worth the trouble and expense. Baby teeth play an essential role in your child’s dental development and pave the way for their healthy, permanent replacements.
The Importance of Primary Teeth
Until about the age of six, your child will use the baby teeth to chew, speak, and flash that charming smile. Some of these teeth will last until your child is 12. Maintaining their health and function is essential.
Baby teeth play a significant role in guiding their permanent replacements into position. If your child loses a tooth prematurely, the permanent tooth may not come out aligned. Additionally, its space may close, causing the unerupted permanent tooth to lock in the jaw. Tooth loss may also cause the teeth to shift, and the bite to collapse, eventually resulting in crooked teeth and plenty of orthodontic treatments later on in life.
Saving Your Child’s Primary Teeth
A badly decayed tooth or a severely injured tooth with an exposed pulp may require a baby nerve treatment, also called a pulpotomy, to save it. A pulpotomy is similar to a root canal treatment and involves removing the diseased pulp tissue from inside the tooth and sealing it to avoid infection. The tooth will likely need a stainless steel crown after treatment.
In the event your child’s tooth cannot be saved due to the severity of the damage, extraction may be the only option. Your pediatric dentist will outfit your child with an orthodontic appliance called a space maintainer, which stops neighboring teeth from drifting. Space maintainers can help prevent many orthodontic problems from developing.
Contact Us Today
Schedule your child's appointment to begin a lifetime of oral health. We, at All Kids Dentistry, are dedicated to giving our young patients quality care and an experience second to none. In the event your child suffers from a tooth injury, immediately contact our dentists who will determine the best option to save your child’s tooth.
We are located right off of McBean Parkway, conveniently serving families from Valencia, Santa Clarita, Stevenson Ranch, Castaic Junction, Sylmar, San Fernando, Granada Hills and other surrounding communities. We are here to serve all your children’s dental needs!
Early Intervention Orthodontics
You may have noticed that fewer and fewer high school kids have braces as compared to a few decades ago. The reason is that children tend to get braces at a much earlier age today. Early intervention orthodontics may begin at age 7 or younger.
When Should Your Child Be Evaluated?
Your child should receive orthodontic screenings by age 7. Your child’s permanent teeth will begin to come in at age 6 or 7, which is when orthodontic problems start to be noticeable. At that young age, your child’s bones are still growing, so early evaluation can indicate whether orthodontic treatment is needed now or later on.
The Benefits of Early Intervention
Early Intervention Orthodontics, also known as interceptive orthodontics has been shown to prevent more severe problems at a later age. Additionally, treatments are shorter and less complicated.
When dealing with young children as young as 6 or 7, teeth are still developing, and the jaw is still growing. That being the case, certain conditions, including crowding, are much easier to address. Children with crossbites and protruding teeth also benefit greatly from early intervention. Another benefit of early intervention is that permanent teeth may be guided to grow into more appropriate positions.
In many cases, the dental arch is too small to fit all the teeth. Early intervention can take advantage of the child’s jaw being in a state of growth. A palatal expander can help to expand the upper dental arch, giving the child a better chance of permanent teeth emerging correctly. Additionally, dental arches can correct misaligned jaws.
In general, most children who undergo early intervention orthodontics usually need treatments later on, but future procedures will be shorter and less complex.
Schedule Your Appointment Today
Contact us to schedule your child’s 6 month checkup. Part of their checkups with us helps, to monitor whether a child is ready for early intervention orthodontic treatment.
We, At All Kids Dentistry, are passionate about giving our young patients an exceptional experience second to none!
We are located right off of McBean Parkway, conveniently serving families from Valencia, Santa Clarita, Stevenson Ranch, Castaic Junction, Sylmar, San Fernando, Granada Hills and other surrounding communities. You can rest assured that your child is in expert hands. Don’t wait another day!
Why Choose a Pediatric Dentist Over a General Dentist?
Your child’s first dentist visit is significant because first impressions can last a very long time. Choosing a pediatric dentist rather than a general dentist will ensure your child is off to a great start of a lifetime of oral health. There are many reasons why you should choose a pediatric dentist for your child’s dental care.
Additional Training in Children's Teeth
Pediatric dentists train for two to three years beyond dental school. Their extra training focuses on the treatment of developing teeth, children’s physical growth, children’s behavior and psychology, specific requirements of children’s dentistry, treating children with special needs, and how to make kids feel comfortable.
More Experience With Children
Exclusively with youngsters, giving them much more experience than general dentists when it comes to treating children. Pediatric dentists have experience in talking to children, handling their emotions, and putting their fears to rest.
Smaller Less-Scary Equipment
Pediatric dentists use small equipment designed for small mouths, to ensure your child's comfort. They will introduce the tools one piece at a time, making sure that your child knows what tool they are using and why. Pediatric dentists make sure to avoid the fear of the unknown instruments by involving your child every step of the way.
More Child-Friendly Environment
Because pediatric dentists focus on treating young patients, they design their office spaces for kids. They include toys and games in the waiting room to keep your child entertained and at ease. They decorate everything from the waiting room to the dental chair with a child’s needs in mind. They will hand out stickers or toys at the end of the appointment to ensure your child is excited about the next dental visit!
Pediatric dentists focus on preventing dental problems to ensure lifelong dental health. They will give you advice and teach you how to help your child develop healthy habits. They offer preventative treatments, such as fluoride treatments, sealants, space maintainers, and much more.
Experience the Difference
Contact us to see for yourself the difference between a pediatric dentist and a general dentist. We, at All Kids Dentistry, are passionate about giving kids a great experience and care second to none!
We are located right off of McBean Parkway, conveniently serving families from Valencia, Santa Clarita, Stevenson Ranch, Castaic Junction, Sylmar, San Fernando, Granada Hills and other surrounding communities. We strive to provide our young patients with a memorable experience. Schedule your appointment today!!
The Language of Children
When children are in pain, they often experience anxiety and may find it difficult to explain what hurts. Our pediatric dentists at All Kids Dentistry are highly trained in the art of communicating with children to understand their needs and to offer soothing, positive language.
Why Pediatric Dentists?
Pediatric dentists receive additional years of specialty training, along with sophisticated training in pediatric dentistry psychology. They are like the pediatricians of dentistry. Pediatric dental offices are designed taking into account the needs of infants, children, teens, and children with special needs. They understand the psychology of children and use language to reach and comfort them while creating a personalized dental plan tailored to the needs of each child.
The Language of Children
Your pediatric dentist will use questions to help your child better explain what the problem is. He/she may ask questions like, “Does that tooth feel funny, or does it hurt?” Your child's responses can provide valuable information.
Tools at a dentist’s office can be scary to a child, and so can the names of procedures. Instead of saying water rinse, your pediatric dentist may call it a tooth shower. Wiggle out sounds a whole less scary than extraction, and tooth cleaner is a friendlier alternative to drill. Your child’s dentist will use choice words to alleviate anxiety and maybe draw a smile or two.
Going to the dentist can be an unfamiliar experience for children, especially if it is their first time. Positive reinforcement using words as simple as, “Good job,” can go a long way to alleviate anxiety and will help your child feel that things are going well.
Your pediatric dentist’s body language and tone are important. Children are observant and will look for reassurances. Talking to the child throughout the procedure provides a distraction and gives comfort. Your dentist’s body language will also help ease a child’s anxiety.
Contact Us Today
Contact your highly trained pediatric dentist at All Kids Dentistry today. We serve families from Valencia, Santa Clarita, Stevenson Ranch, Castaic Junction, Sylmar, San Fernando, Granada Hills and other surrounding communities. We strive to provide our young patients with a safe and positive experience. Schedule your appointment today!
Temporary Treatment of Cavities
Nobody, especially a child, looks forward to having a cavity drilled and filled by a dentist! Dentists now have an alternative; an antimicrobial liquid called Silver Diamine Fluoride that they brush on cavities to stop tooth decay in its tracks with no pain whatsoever. Choose to stop your child’s tooth decay before it continues to progress!
What is Silver Diamine Flouride (SDF)
Dentists apply SDF to active tooth decay to prevent further progression of the disease. The silver component of SDF acts as an antimicrobial agent, killing the bacteria present and stopping the formation of new biofilm. The fluoride component prevents further demineralization of the tooth structure. Applying SDF is also beneficial for any child that isn’t cooperative enough to sit to completed their restorative treatment plan.
The application of SDF is straightforward and noninvasive. The teeth are initially brushed and rinsed then the teeth with decay are isolated and kept clean and dry. A micro brush is dipped in a drop of SDF and placed on the tooth for two minutes. Excess SDF is cleaned off, and the patient is instructed not to eat or drink for at least one hour.
Studies have shown that a second treatment applied 18 months after the initial one markedly stops cavities. The only side effect reported has been reversible staining at the site of SDF application.
What Are the Benefits of Silver Diamine Flouride Treatments?
Being able to apply SDF in 30 seconds with no noise, injections or drilling is a better, faster, and cheaper alternative to the usual fillings. Your child will need only a drop of SDF to treat five teeth, costing very little per tooth. Children experience less trauma and anxiety and will not require sedation.
Choose Healthy Teeth
Contact your pediatric dentist at All Kids Dentistry in the Valencia area today to learn more about SDF treatments for your child. We welcome children and parents to visit the office and meet the doctor and staff even before making an appointment. We strive to provide your kids with a safe and pleasant place to come regularly for their oral health care.