Welcome to the California’s leading pediatric dentistry – Smile Select Dental! We have quality dental solutions for your six months old infants, toddlers and kids of any age. Ideally, an infant needs a dentist’s attention as soon as he/she attains the age of 6 months. Our pediatric dentists perform comprehensive oral evaluation and assessments first. Based on your kid’s oral health report, we proceed to offer your child a required dental treatment.
Delaying your adorable baby’s first oral exam could trigger the oral health symptoms. This is why the first visit to pediatric clinic is necessary to carry out an initial oral health evaluation of your baby. We have a full range of dental services for your beloved kids such as:
Dental sealants are thin plastic coatings that are painted on the surfaces of back teeth. Dental sealants are particularly effective on the back teeth. The dental sealant becomes ineffective when all or part of the bond between the tooth and the sealant is broken. The most important reason to apply dental sealants is to prevent caries. Fluoride in toothpaste and drinking water protects the smooth surfaces of the teeth, but some more protection is need. Sealants cover the surfaces of the teeth grinding and keep out germs and food particles. The process begins with cleaning the surface of the teeth. A solution is applied even on the cavities and slots, so that the teeth surface becomes rough. After a few seconds, the solution is rinsed with water and dried area. Next, the liquid sealant is applied and allowed to harden.
Space maintainers are used when a tooth or teeth needs to removed. Space maintainers are usually made of stainless steel or plastic. However, space maintainers is a technique to conserve space, avoiding the mesial (to move forward) of adjacent teeth and is commonly used in pediatric dentistry.
The dental filling is a dental procedure for the removal of caries. This is placed in layers and cured by applying a halogen light. The process ends with polishing the dental filling to brighten. After the completion of filling process, the patient may feel great sensitivity to very hot or very cold foods. Although one can apply some kind of varnish to prevent sensitivity. In case the problem persists, the patient must get the filling removed and replace with a new one. There are different types of dental filling, depending on the fillers used:-
Metals: Silver amalgam, gold and copper are the most frequent. They are the very durable (up to 30 years), but have the disadvantage of little aesthetic value with much emphasize on the natural color of teeth. Earlier mercury was used, but since it was found to be toxic, it is no longer used.
Resin: This can recover the original appearance of the tooth, even in color. The materials used today are ceramics and plastic materials (composite). They are commonly used in the front teeth. It should finally be noted that, although the average length of a dental filling is ten years, this will depend largely on the patient's habits.
Dental Crowns are dental appliance that has aesthetic and functional utilities. That is a kind of tooth-shaped cover that is placed over a patient's natural tooth. In other words, a dental crown is practically a "new tooth" that fits over the natural tooth. They have some similarities with veneers, but most of them differ in weight.
Commonly used for chewing teeth and therefore more exposed, dental crowns can be made of various materials, but the most common are porcelain, metal and zirconium. Dental crown is a hollow space, which serves to lock in a natural tooth. So that the tooth can get inside the crown, it is necessary to downsize carve. In the process of placing the crown, the dentist will proceed to fill the tooth which is already shrunk enough. Crown is fixed to the prepared tooth and the patient can forget about wearing a crown and use your new tooth completely normal.
Fluoride is the most effective treatment available to help prevent cavities. The benefits of fluoride have been known for over 50 years and are supported by many health organizations and professionals. If you have suffered from dental caries last year, you are at increased risk of other infections. Fluoride treatments are a good way to prevent new infections in patients with a history of this type of problems. On the other hand, fluoride can also help you with a problem that becomes more evident with age.
It is important to keep regular checks to achieve a healthy mouth and a healthy smile, visiting your dentist every six months and using the correct brushing techniques with a good toothbrush (soft and small head). Prophylaxis is a dental hygiene procedure whose main objective is to clean the tooth surfaces by removing tartar. Remember that the mouth is a gateway to the body and many general health problems can arise from there, hence it is necessary to keep a good oral hygiene.
The root canal has become a reliable resource for dentists to save a tooth. Root canal treatment is performed when the pulp of the tooth becomes infected. In the center, teeth have a core of blood vessels and nerves that are called pulp. This pulp is in a space called the root canal. Each tooth may have one or more root canals. Endodontics is a treatment for removing the pulp (nerve) of the tooth and prevent removal. It applies in fractured teeth with deep cavities and injury in pulp tissue (nerve) in which there is irreversible damage. Root canal treatment can often be done in one session, or you may need more than one session to do so. The duration of treatment depends on severity of the problem. Sometimes the dentist cannot repair damaged teeth even with root canal. This generally happens if one has a severely damaged tooth.