Your child's first visit to our office is very important with regard to establishing their oral health baseline. We will begin by carefully reviewing medical and dental histories and taking special note of all dental concerns, as well as any symptoms that your child may be experiencing.
We take pride in creating and maintaining beautiful and healthy smiles for our younger patients in an environment that is lighthearted and fun. We focus on establishing oral health habits that last a lifetime, with education and prevention as our primary tools.
Tooth decay is the most chronic childhood disease in our country. According to studies, children with poor oral health are more than three times as likely to miss school due to dental pain. While these statistics are alarming, the good news is that tooth decay is for the most part preventable. Scheduling regular checkups and cleanings for your child at the dentist is essential for maintaining their oral health. Beyond routine dental care, your dental care professional will help your child establish the best oral hygiene homecare regimen to help maintain a healthy smile for a lifetime. The dentist will also provide dietary guidance as to which foods can be harmful to your child's smile. As added protection against dental decay, periodic fluoride treatments to strengthen the enamel of your child's new teeth and the application of dental sealants when the permanent molars come into place are recommended.
When primary or permanent teeth develop dental caries (tooth decay), the decay must be removed and the shape and structure of the tooth must be restored. Dr. Lempert does not use any amalgam (silver fillings) at all. All teeth are restored using the finest quality tooth colored composite resin materials available. During this process, Dr. Lempert practices to the highest quality standards; she uses a rubber dam for restorative procedures whenever possible. The rubber dam isolates the tooth or teeth so that oral contaminants are prevented access to the operating field.
Sometimes it is necessary to extract a tooth. This can happen for a variety of reasons. Extractions are commonly performed in cases where a deciduous “baby” tooth is reluctant to fall out, a severely broken down and non-restorable tooth is present, or “wisdom tooth” is poorly positioned and unable to fully erupt into place.
To reduce any anxiety and insure patient comfort whenever a tooth extraction is necessary, the procedure, the post surgical instructions, as well as any restorative follow-up care will be carefully and completely explained.
Sometimes, due to tooth decay or a traumatic injury, a child may lose a primary tooth early, before the permanent one underneath is ready to come into place. When this happens, the dentist will consider the best way to hold the space left by the baby tooth in order to maintain a clear path for the succeeding adult tooth. While not every situation where a baby tooth is lost early needs an intervention to maintain the space, many times a small dental appliance known as a space maintainer is required to make sure the permanent tooth does not become crowded out of the dental arch or impacted by shifting adjacent teeth.
Space maintainers are fixed or removable appliances that are designed to keep the integrity of the space left by the lost tooth. Simple and comfortable to wear, the type and design of your child’s space maintainer will be determined by our dentist. Once the permanent tooth begins to emerge, a space maintainer is no longer necessary.
Dental emergencies in children can arise for a number of reasons. Recognizing the fact that children have active lifestyles, means there is always a chance an accident involving a hit or blow to the mouth or teeth can occur. These traumatic injuries can happen at home, in the playground or on the playing field. Common injuries to the teeth and oral cavity seen in a pediatric dental office include everything from soft tissue lacerations of the lips, cheeks or tongue to chipped, fractured, dislodged or “knocked out” teeth. Equally frequent reasons for children to require urgent dental care are painful toothaches, dental infections, and mouth ulcerations. Whatever the dental emergency may be, prompt and effective care is required to alleviate a child’s discomfort and to prevent more serious consequences to their oral health and overall well-being.
Pediatric dentists are trained in all facets of dental care for children and are well equipped to handle a wide range of dental emergencies. They provide skilled and compassionate care, helping children to feel comfortable and safe while restoring their oral health and function.
We provide the option of intravenous sedation to our patients. Many children, who may be very apprehensive, need extensive dental treatment or may have disabilities benefit from this service. We bring in a Board Certified Anesthesiologist to manage your child’s vitals while Dr. Lempert completes all the dental treatment needed, usually in one visit.
When it is discovered that an unsealed tooth groove or fissure may become decayed, a preventive resin restoration is the best procedure to prevent the tooth from needing a filling. This procedure is very similar to a sealant but requires opening the groove a small amount to allow for adhesion and penetration of the fluoride impregnated filling material. Anesthesia is usually not necessary.
Routine teeth cleaning appointments, every six months, allow the staff Registered Dental Hygienists not only to clean your child’s teeth, but to also review oral home care practices and to make specific recommendations regarding use of dental floss and to improve your child’s tooth brushing and flossing technique. Additionally, Dr. Lempert can check your child for tooth decay, monitor tooth eruption patterns, look for unanticipated other pathology and to recommend orthodontic consultation at the appropriate time.
Beverly Hills Pediatric Dental Care is proud to be able to offer your children and adolescents the opportunity to evaluate the growth of their jaws and the eruption patterns of the permanent third molars (wisdom teeth). When appropriate, Dr. Lempert will recommend a consultation with our staff Oral Surgeon who can evaluate the position of the third molars and recommend removal when: a) tooth decay is involved; b) the lack of space in the jaw is preventing normal eruption, or 3) when impaction indicates the tooth may never erupt and may become a nidus of future infection.
Most children benefit from the use of nitrous oxide analgesia. This inhaled gas allows the child to be relaxed, while being fully conscious but unaware of what is going on around them. Dr. Lempert is able to perform the needed treatment without worrying about unanticipated child movements as well as being able to perform the treatment expeditiously.
Our adult treatment team can provide state of the art functional treatment while considering the appearance of your smile. Ask about veneers or Invisalign.
Same day cosmetic bonding is also available as a more affordable option vs. porcelain veneers.
Have you been meaning to replace that missing tooth? Ask us how we can easily replace that tooth with a dental implant.
Sealants provide a protective barrier to both primary and permanent teeth. The sooner that these sealants can be applied to erupted teeth the better. Oral fluids, ingested sugars and bacterial exposure to decay prone tooth pits and fissures can cause premature tooth decay. Scientific evidence is very clear that sealants are the best protection available to prevent tooth decay in addition to the application of fluoride and the use of fluoridated water.
Dr. Gary Saltz has been associated with Dr. Lempert for many years. Both Dr. Saltz and Dr. Lempert believe strongly in interceptive treatment; that is treating children early to allow the permanent teeth to erupt more normally and preventing more extensive tooth movement in the future. However, when comprehensive treatment is needed you can rest assured that results are outstanding.
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And, because Invisalign clear aligners are removable for short periods of time, you can still enjoy the foods you love as well as brush and floss your teeth with ease!
Remember, a beautiful smile begins today! Contact our office for more information and to schedule a consultation for care.
Your doctor will examine your teeth and show you what Invisalign treatment can do for you.
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