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How a Pediatric Dentist Fixes Cavities

Yesterday, we talked about cavities and how you get them, and for many families – when it comes to our pediatric dentists in Garden Grove, cavities are often one of the most common concerns. Our goal is to prevent them altogether by impressing upon all of our young patients how important good brushing routines are.

ids everywhere have heard it from their friends after a dentist’s appointment, “How many cavities did you have?” with bright eyes eagerly awaiting an answer. For all of them – our dentists in Garden Grove hope the answer is always “none”. But cavities aren’t uncommon for kids and young adults everywhere. Fortunately, they’re also pretty easy to prevent.

Sure, genetics can play a small role in the formation of cavities – good oral hygiene, including rinsing and flossing also helps keep cavity causing decay to a minimum. But what happens if you do end up with a cavity?

Fillings for Cavities

 

One of the most common and affordable approaches to fixing a dental cavity is to fill it. By filling it with a substance that prevents bacteria and decay from entering the tooth, and then sealing the tooth shut – it fixes the cavity and sustains the tooth for the future.

In order to place a filling, first your dentist will numb the spot before removing any decay with a laser, air tool, or drill. Next, the area is cleaned so that there’s enough space for the filling to be cleanly made.

Once the tooth is filled, the dentist will then shape and polish the filling so that it’s surface closely matches the tooth’s original surface. This is done both to ensure proper chewing, mouth closure, and comfort.

The relative ease and low-cost of a filling is one of the primary reasons why it’s important to find and fix a cavity as soon as possible. If left too long to decay, cavities become bigger and require more serious treatments – such as a dental crown.

Dental Crowns

A dental crown is typically used when a tooth has so much damage or decay that it’s at risk for breaking. A crown protects it from this future bu restoring the tooth from the gumline up and essentially replacing the tooth with a new external covering.

 

When a tooth decays badly enough, it can become broken. In this case, the tooth can only be repaired with a crown, which attempts to restore the tooth at the gum line. The crown is sometimes added after a root canal to prevent the tooth from breaking. If the tooth has already received a large filling and there isn’t a whole lot of natural tooth left, a crown will replace the remaining tooth for better aesthetics and functionality.

The crown will hold a very fragile tooth together, maximizing the chances that the patient will keep his or her teeth. The crown also can be used to restore a tooth that has already been broken. If there isn’t much of a tooth left and the tooth has received a very large filling, the crown will cover the filling and support the tooth. The crown is intended to look like an actual tooth, allowing patients to keep the dental work a secret.

Are your children complaining about dental pain? Our pediatric dentists in Garden Grove are experts at treating cavities in kids of all ages. Have a question? We have answers. Contact us today to learn how we can help.

Will my Child’s Teeth Straighten Out?

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It’s only natural for a parent to be concerned about their child’s smile. Growing up isn’t always easy! When kids grow up with noticeably crooked or gapped teeth, there’s always the chance for a little bit of teasing. Sure, we might often think back to when we were kids and say, “Nah! It builds character!” But if noticeable imperfections appear to be showing up now, it might be a good idea to determine if they need the attention of your pediatric dentist now.

The Transitioning Period

Many parents of young er children often come to us with questions about a common feature of being young: the ugly duckling period. You know what it looks like (it might even describe your child perfectly), upper front teeth that are flared out, with a gap in-between that’s all-to-often used as a straw holder or french fry delivery port.

The important thing to know about this “look” is that it’s perfectly normal. During the transitioning period after baby teeth fall out, it is common for the new adult teeth to look a little “wayward”. As more teeth erupt (like the canines) and your child’s jaw develops, the front teeth will straighten out and the gaps in your child’s teeth will close.

Another common “issue” parents inquire about is when newly emerged permanent teeth do not seem aligned properly with the “baby” teeth. Many times, they wonder if the baby teeth can be removed to allow for more room for the incoming adult teeth. This is generally an unnecessary procedure, because permanent teeth are bigger than baby teeth and your child’s jaw is still growing. While new teeth might not have enough space and may even look awfully crowded right now, give it a little time before worrying. Until your child’s first premolar has emerged, and their jaw development has slowed, and moved past the rapid growth spurts of early childhood.

“When should I consider braces for my child?”

If you’re wondering if your child might need braces. First, consult your dentist. As you’ve read above, many irregularities in your child’s smile can be attributed to and corrected by the fact that they’re still growing.

In most cases, it is hard to determine whether a child will need braces until their permanent teeth have completely replaced their baby teeth.

 

 

The Average Kid’s Tooth Tips: Advice from a Pediatric Dentist

Some simple tips for healthy, growing teeth

Some simple tips for healthy, growing teeth

When it comes to teeth – prevention is always the best cure.  In fact, good oral health begins even before a baby’s first tooth. Which goes to show that the path to a “bright” dental future begins before a child can  even see above the sink. Teeth, in the mouth of someone who cares just  a little are fully capable of lasting a lifetime — but those habits start at a young age.  For toddlers and beyond, it’s all about good habits.

Most childrens dentist point to a few simple steps to help ensure your child has a healthy, growing smile.

Some precautionary tips for baby teeth:

Care for Baby Teeth Before You can See Them!

Every baby is born with all of his or her teeth, you just can’t see them because they are completely hidden by the gums. After about 6 months the teeth begin to break through the gums — when a baby is teething — a time in which it is critical to start good oral care.

Avoid Bottle Tooth Decay

Bottle tooth decay occurs when babies drink formula, milk, or juice out of a bottle over an extended period of time. Symptoms include brown or block spots on the teeth, bleeding or swollen gums, and bad breath. A fever and irritability could be a sign of an infection.

How to avoid bottle tooth decay

  • Do not put baby to sleep with a bottle
  • Take the bottle away after your baby is done drinking

Dental Tips for Ages 0-2

  • Schedule a baby’s first dental appointment to be sometime around his or her first birthday.
  • Brush twice a day, with water and a soft toothbrush
  • Use a moist cloth to gently brush the gums after feeding to help prevent plaque buildup, which can become tooth decay.
  • Break the habit of thumb-sucking early by slowly breaking reliance on pacifier.

Dental Tips for Ages 3-5

  • Kids around 3 should start using fluoride toothpaste
  • Instruct kids to only use a small amount of tooth-paste, just the size of a pea. And always remember to spit out the toothpaste.
  • Try to visit your dentist roughly twice a year.

Dental Tips for Ages 6-12

Children between 6 and 12 face an incredibly important period of growth where a number of changes are taking place in every child’s smile. In this time especially it is important to continue stressing good habits, such as:

  • Flossing should begin when teeth are touching
  • Baby teeth should be disposed of with as much (or little) fanfare as you like
  • Pay close attention to “hard to reach” teeth
  • Brush and floss, twice a day — it’s that easy
  • Always remind children to habitually practice good oral health habits.  Brush and floss with your child regularly, to instill good daily habits
  •  Wear a mouth guard when it comes to contact sports

 

Good Habits Start EARLY

Let’s face it, you don’t need a pediatrics dentist to tell you that building anything “to last” takes a strong foundation. With our teeth, that starts with the beginning.

Have questions? Contact us today. We’re happy to help.