Kids get cavities. It’s not that we don’t try to prevent them. Of course we do. Children’s Dental Group offers you the specialized guidance and advice and you do your part by bringing your child every six months for an exam, x-rays, and a dental cleaning. But with all the sugary foods and drinks that are out there, it can be very difficult to stop all tooth decay from occurring. And when your kid does get a cavity, our Pasadena pediatric dental office has cavity treatments for him or her.
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The typical treatment for a cavity is a dental filling. The process of placing a filling involves removing the decay and debris from the tooth and then adding the filling material. This prevents further decay of the tooth, though of course a lot of that depends upon what she or he eats and drinks and how effective you are in brushing and flossing your child’s teeth. There are different types of filling material available at our Pasadena pediatric dental office, but composite is usually favored for front teeth. This is because composite fillings are of a shade that is very similar to that of your child’s teeth. So these fillings will blend in with the look of the teeth and not be obvious to the eye. Perhaps even more important, composite fillings bond very well to your child’s tooth. This means less drilling is required. Children are often quite anxious about the drill, so any time that can be shaved from that part of the process is a positive. Less drilling also results in less of your child’s tooth material being lost as the filling is placed.
For back teeth, amalgam fillings may be a better choice. They don’t match tooth color at all, but back teeth don’t show so this is not much of a disadvantage. On the plus side, amalgam is stronger and since most of the force of chewing takes place from the back teeth, this can be a major benefit. It is a good idea to discuss your concerns about filling materials with our Pasadena pediatric dental office.
When a child has a very deep cavity to the point of getting close to the pulp of the tooth or into the pulp, the tissue becomes inflamed (swollen) and irritated and causes tooth pain. It’s very important to get this treated right away. If left untreated, an abscess can form. If your child shows any signs of tooth pain such as irritability, holding the side of their face, or if your child is old enough and complains about having a tooth ache, we highly recommend that you make an appointment with our expert Pasadena kid’s dentist at Children’s Dental Group as soon as possible.
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Our expert Pasadena kid’s dentist at Children’s Dental Group will do a thorough dental exam in order to make a diagnosis and to discuss treatment recommendations with you. The treatment options will be determined by several factors including how severe the problem is. If your child has a very deep cavity there is a possibility that a pulpotomy may be necessary. A pulpotomy is a common procedure in pediatric dentistry that is done to save a baby tooth. A pulpotomy is a surgical procedure in which the inflamed nerve tissue (the pulp) is removed. Although a pulpotomy is similar to a root canal, it is not the same. During a pulpotomy only the crown portion of the primary (baby) tooth is removed; the root canals are not removed. A pulpotomy is relatively quick and painless and is an effective way to eliminate the infection in the nerve and to save your child’s tooth. It’s highly recommended that you take your child to a very experienced pediatric dentist as opposed to a general dentist. Pediatric dentists, such as our expert Pasadena kid’s dentist at Children’s Dental Group specialize in the diagnosis, treatment and routine dental care of children.
Taking your child to dental practice in which the staff specializes in caring for children is very important. Our experienced Pasadena kid’s dentist and the rest of our knowledgeable caring staff at Children’s Dental Group have been providing exceptional dental care in a uniquely child-centered environment to children in the community for many years. Our pediatric dental office is a fun, child friendly environment. We have gentle, caring staff members who are trained to work with children. Our team is comprised of a team of well-trained, experienced, pediatric dental professionals who are committed to making your child’s experience with us as comfortable and as pleasant as possible.