Pediatric Dentist Los Angeles
Los Angeles Pediatric Dentistry
Pediatric dentistry services cover your children from the first visit at one year of age through the high school years. A lifetime of good oral health begins with habits learned in childhood, so regular dental visits are essential for children.
Your child’s Los Angeles pediatric dentist may recommend a resin filling if your child has a cavity on the chewing surface of a baby tooth or on a permanent tooth. Resins are tooth-colored plastics that look natural. Resins are ideal for smaller cavities and for low-stress areas. For large cavities and cavities located on the back teeth, your child’s dentist may suggest an amalgam filling.
Some resins are treated with fluoride, which is released slowly over time. This makes the tooth resistant to tooth decay. Ask your child’s dentist if this option is available for your child.
Cosmetic (White) Crowns
Porcelain crowns may be an option for your child if he or she has damage to a tooth due to tooth decay, severe enamel erosion, or dental trauma due to an accident. Crowns are typically used to cover the front surface of a tooth. They’re attached to the tooth using light-sensitive resin, which hardens under a special type of light.
Both contact and non-contact sports, including activities such as skating and gymnastics, carry the risk of dental injuries. Studies have shown the risk of these injuries is reduced when participants wear customized mouth guards. If your child participates in athletics, your child’s dentist may recommend fitting the child for a customized sports guard. The American Dental Association recommends sports guards for athletes of all ages, genders, and ability levels.
Many children are frightened of visiting the dentist. Although Los Angeles pediatric dentists have many ways of helping their patients feel comfortable, at times the child’s parents/guardians and the child’s dentist may agree it’s in the best interests of the child to be sedated during certain dental procedures. Pediatric dentists may use several types of conscious sedation procedures, including the use of nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”), an injection, or a syrup the child drinks.
If you think conscious sedation may be appropriate for your child, talk to your child’s dentist about the safety of these procedures. In general, the child’s blood pressure, breathing rate and heart rate, along with the level of oxygen in his or her blood, are monitored continuously throughout sedation. Although no sedation procedure is completely risk-free, pediatric dentists have emergency medications on hand and are thoroughly trained in their use. Please follow all pre- and post-sedation instructions carefully.
Dental sealants are thin layers of plastic coating used to help prevent tooth decay for up to ten years, typically on the premolars and molars. Your child’s dentist may recommend sealants on your child’s teeth as soon as the permanent teeth begin to come in; children are most prone to cavities between the ages of six and fourteen.
In some cases, the pediatric dentist in Los Angeles may recommend sealants on baby teeth. Sealant is painted onto the tooth enamel, and a curing light may be used to help it harden. The sealing process is painless.
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