Why Hasn’t Your Child’s New Adult Tooth Come In Yet?

Posted by on Feb 24, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Usually when a child loses a baby tooth, an adult tooth is about to come in. Either you already see the adult tooth poking out of the gums, or it eases its way down and through the gums within a week or two. So, what happens when your child loses a baby tooth, but no adult tooth comes in its place? It might be that you’ll just have to wait a little longer – or your child may have hypondontia, a condition in which one or several of the adult teeth are missing. How do you know if your child has hypodontia? Keep in mind that not all adult teeth come in immediately after a child looses the baby tooth. If it has only been a few weeks, don’t panic. There may still be a tooth up there waiting to pop through the gums. If your child wiggles his or her loose teeth to get them to pop out prematurely, you can count on waiting a little longer for those adult teeth to appear. If there’s no sign of an adult tooth after about 6 weeks, then you should call your dentist. Your dentist can x-ray your child’s jaw to make sure there are adult teeth present. If your child does have hypondontia, these x-rays will tell your dentist how many teeth are missing, and which ones. What causes hypondontia, and can you prevent it? If your child is missing one or more teeth, it’s important to realize that nothing you did as a parent caused this to occur. Hypondontia is almost always a genetic condition, which means that your child was born without those teeth. You didn’t cause hypodontia by feeding your child the wrong foods or by not reminding your child to brush his or her teeth. How is hypondontia treated? The good news is that there are several very effective, simple treatments for hypodontia. Your dentist will recommend the options that he or she thinks are best for your child. When only one or two teeth are missing, which is true in most cases of hypodontia, an orthodontist may simply be able to use braces to push the other teeth into the spaces left by the missing tooth. When this is not an option, either because several teeth are missing or because the location of the teeth does not allow for it, dental implants are generally used to replace the missing teeth. Dental implants are not as scary as they sound. Contrary to popular belief, they do not come from cadavers, and they are not dangerous to have applied. They are made from titanium rods, which are inserted directly into the jaw bone and topped with...

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5 Conveniences To Look For From Your Dental Office

Posted by on Feb 3, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

When you select a dentist, your choice should be based on the skill of the dentist and your ability to easily get to your appointments. However, once you have found a dentist you can trust that is in a good location for you, what else should you be looking for? Whether your dentist uses the latest technology during their work or whether the office accepts your insurance are also important, but here are the five patient conveniences that will let you know what level of patient care your potential-dentist really offers.  Automated Booking Services  Being able to make your appointment online and confirm with a text message is not only quicker and easier for you, but also allows the in-office staff to spend less time booking appointments and more time assisting patients that are waiting for treatment. This service means that you will be able to easily add your appointments to your electronic calendar and make or cancel an appointment at any time of the day. It also ensures that when you actually visit the dentist you will have a quick intake and staff will be available to answer any questions you might have.  24-hour Email or Phone Emergency Line  Your dentist should not send you to the hospital for after-hour emergencies, and you should not be required to have a separate emergency dentist on file for dental emergencies that happen on the weekend. If your dentist has an emergency email or phone line, you can create a treatment plan together including discussing pain management until you can see your dentist. If your dentist is not available for after-hour consultations, they should have a clear emergency dentist that they can refer you to.  Online Payment for Services  More dentists are accepting extended payment plans for expensive procedures. However, if you have monthly payments, you do not want to have to stop by the office to make them. Not only does that take time out of your busy schedule, but it also takes time away from the patients waiting for treatment. Your dentist should have a way to accept payments either through their website or through an online bank transfer.  Clear Pricing Available Before Treatment  With the rising costs of dental care, it is important for you to know how much various procedures will cost before you agree to them. Your dentist should list common procedures and a price scale for them online. However, the complexity of procedures varies from patient to patient, so your dentist should be prepared to give you a more specific quote after he or she examines you.  Additionally, your dentist should work with you to find out if your insurance is valid at their office,...

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