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Pedodontist in Santa Ana

Santa Ana Kid’s Dental Exams

Taking care of your teeth is more important than you may initially think. True, it is extremely important to brush your teeth twice a day, as well as floss and use a mouth rinse regularly, but regular checkups and dental cleanings are just as important to keeping up with your oral hygiene. Proper oral hygiene and oral care leads to a happy healthy mouth, and this is especially important for kids with developing teeth. Here at Children’s Dental Group, our pedodontist in Santa Ana can help fill in the gaps in your child’s dental care.

Kid's Dental Cleanings Santa Ana

Kid’s Dental Cleanings Santa Ana

Baby teeth are just as important as permanent teeth. Though some people may not think this is true because baby teeth fall out, these temporary teeth still act as a place holder for our permanent teeth. If you have clean, healthy baby teeth, it will help sustain the proper environment for permanent teeth to grow healthily as well. Here at Children’s Dental Group, our pedodontist in Santa Ana is here to provide a fun and comfortable environment that will set all kids at ease when visiting the dentist. Upon first visiting us here at Children’s Dental Group, your child will have a preliminary dental examination. During this exam, our pedodontist will establish your child’s oral health baseline and examine the state of their baby teeth. A child’s mouth typically has 20 teeth. Your child’s initial teeth will begin to erupt as early as 8 months of age. Different types of teeth will develop over time, but most primary teeth will have erupted by age 2 or 3. These teeth may not begin to fall out as late as 7 but can also begin to fall out as early as age 4. Every child is different, and regular visits with your pedodontist will help make sure that your child’s tooth eruption and loss is normal.

Permanent teeth do not begin to erupt until age 6 when their first molars begin to come in. It could also take as long as until age 12 for all primary teeth to fall out. Our pedodontist in Santa Ana at Children’s Dental Group is here to make sure that your child’s teeth are developing normally and healthily, making way for equally healthy permanent teeth.

Pediatric Dental Specialist Santa Ana
2144 South Bristol Street
Santa Ana, CA 92704

Santa Ana Children’s Dentist

Pediatric Dental Checkups Santa Ana

At Children’s Dental Group, our Santa Ana children’s dentist knows that young children can lose their baby (primary) teeth, and even immature permanent teeth, when the pulp, the living tissue inside a tooth, becomes infected. This is often the result of tooth decay, or trauma, and creates a unique problem for your child. The primary teeth provide significant guides for the newly developing permanent teeth that will replace them. An injury that results in loss of young permanent teeth is even more troublesome, because neither, tooth development or jaw growth, is complete. If your child’s teeth are lost prematurely, a malocclusion, or bad bite, can easily be the result. Tooth replacement methods such as bridgework, partial dentures, and dental implants, cannot easily be used in children since everything is changing and growing at such a rapid pace. Space maintainers, that are custom-made appliances that can be attached to adjacent teeth, or designed as a retainer, are generally the best choice. Yet, as our Santa Ana children’s dentist will explain, these appliances do not restore function, and constant monitoring is required.

Kid's Dental Exams 92704

Kid’s Dental Exams 92704

For both functional and cosmetic reasons, our Santa Ana children’s dentist prefers root canal treatment over tooth loss. In this case, root canal therapy for kids can preserve tooth, jaw, and tongue function. In addition, speech problems can also be prevented, as well as abnormal eruption of a permanent successor tooth, or even the loss of a tooth that has no successor.

Baby teeth are lost naturally due to the pressure of the permanent teeth erupting from below. Several things are different when dealing with primary teeth versus permanent teeth. Their survival is shorter and much more temporary, but while their structure, shapes, and functioning are similar to permanent teeth, they also have differences. Treatment of root canal problems is affected by root resorption, which is the normal process by which the body absorbs the roots of the baby teeth. This will allow for eruption of your child’s succeeding permanent teeth. This complicates the diagnosis and, in turn, the appropriate treatment. Our Santa Ana children’s dentist will discuss all the pros and cons with you, as well as your child’s specific case, so the proper course of action can be taken.

Kid’s Dental Health Santa Ana
2144 South Bristol Street
Santa Ana, CA 92704