Is It Normal To Defer To A Pediatric Dentist For Fillings
If our child has a cavity, you may be wondering if a filling is necessary. There are reasons to save primary teeth and treat the area early to prevent further issues. Primary teeth save space for adult teeth, and can prevent crowding and other issues. Depending on the severity of the cavity the dentist may wait to see if the cavity grows. In most cases the treatment should be done as soon as possible. Pediatric dentists require additional years of training after dental school to learn to treat and work with children. If your child has a cavity and requires treatment, it is important to see a pediatric dentist.
What Are the Recommendations if My Child Has a Cavity?
In many cases children do not even notice they have a cavity until the cavity has progressed and become very large. If the cavity is large a silver crown may be recommended because primary teeth cannot handle large fillings. If the cavity is smaller and only on the surface of the tooth, we may recommend just watching the area. Depending on the size of the cavity and the type of tooth, our team will recommend the best treatment, and determine if a filling is needed.
At Lamorinda Tooth Buds, we always choose the least invasive option and have your child’s best interest at hand. Our team will look at the child’s dental history, and consider the child’s risk for future cavities. We will provide a customized treatment plan, and discuss this plan with the parents to help decide what option is best for the child.
What Can I Expect During My Child’s Filling Appointment?
Talking to your child before their visit is important. Explain to them that the appointment will be easy, and that they will feel better after their appointment. When you come in for the appointment, we will bring you to the treatment room, and discuss the treatment plan to confirm everyone knows what is required. We may allow the parent to be present during the procedure if the child has anxiety, and seems to need parental support. We can discuss what is best for your child, and work with each patient to ensure both the parent and patient are comfortable.
Once your child is comfortable in the treatment room our doctor will explain the procedure in terms that are easily understood, and show them some of the tools that will be used. We offer TV as a distraction, and this helps the child to stay calm during the procedure. If anesthetic is needed, we will first numb the area with a topical numbing cream to help the process go smoothly.
Our goal is to keep your child calm and comfortable during their procedure. Once the procedure is complete, we will allow the child to pick out a special prize for completing their appointment. If we have any post treatment recommendations, we will discuss them with the parent after the procedure is complete. Our goal at Lamorinda Tooth Buds, is to ensure your child has the very best experience when they visit our office.
Interested in Scheduling an Appointment With Us?
If you think your child may have a cavity, or you have been referred to our practice for treatment, contact Lamorinda Tooth Buds to schedule your appointment. Our doctors have years of experience in pediatric dentistry, and we provide the highest level of service. We look forward to you joining our dental family.
To schedule an appointment for your child, contact Lamorinda Tooth Buds, and our friendly staff will be happy to assist you.