When your child visits with San Diego kids dentists, such as Children’s Dentistry of San Diego, the dentist might find tooth decay that needs to be taken care of. Whenever tooth decay is present, it is a good idea to have the filling done as soon as possible, in order to avoid bigger problems.
Why Fast Treatment is Required
Some parents might mistakenly assume that a little bit of decay is ok if it is left untreated, but the problem is that the decay will continue to get worse if it is left untreated for a longer period of time. Instead of filling a small cavity right now, it might result in major damage to the tooth later on as the decay problem gets worse.
If it is a “baby tooth,” then parents might think that they can save money by waiting, because the tooth will fall out eventually anyway. But, decay in the baby tooth can cause problems with the permanent tooth underneath, so the baby tooth should be treated as soon as possible. Additionally, if the decay is left untreated, it might cause pain and discomfort for the child.
Making it a Good Experience
It is important that your child has a good experience while they are at the San Diego kids dentist, and one of the ways that the dentist and office staff can help is by treating the child with respect and care. From the moment your child walks in the door, our office staff will be using positive reinforcement to make sure that the child feels safe and comfortable. We try to position the treatment as a regular procedure, and do everything that we can to avoid scaring the child.
Also, while the treatment is being completed, your child will have options that will help to keep them entertained. For example, they can choose a movie that they would like to watch, and they will be able to view the screen above them when they are laying back in the chair. In addition to watching the movie, they will be able to put on a set of headphones which will help to cover up the noise of the dental procedure. Children are often more relaxed and cooperative when they are relaxed and watching the show, instead of focusing on the dental treatment.
In some situations, it might make sense to sedate the child for the dental treatment. Each treatment procedure is considered on a case by case basis, and we can help you to decide if sedation is the right option for your child. If you decide to have your child sedated for the procedure, we are happy to provide those services in our office. There are different types of sedation available, so you can choose the level of sedation that should be used during the appointment.
Your child should visit Children’s Dentistry of San Diego to prevent tooth decay, and have regular dental treatments as needed. Call us to schedule an appointment for your child: (858) 536-1111