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Do my kids need a children’s dentist or family dentist?

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children's dentist or family dentist

When it comes to finding the best children’s dentist for your kids, it’s important to make the right decision. To do that, you want to consider the things that matter most to you.

At Ocean View Dental, the mission of our caring, friendly dental team is to treat everyone like family. We love to treat children of all ages, including infants, children, adolescents, and teenagers. But we also love to treat adult patients, especially those who are actually children at heart!

Our goal is to build a relationship with every member of your family while providing you with top-notch adult and pediatric dental care so that we are your dentist for life. In fact, many of our patients move far away, but they continue to come to us. They let us know that the care and attention we provide is worth the long drive

Does the children’s dentist also see adults?

The convenience factor is an important component for many parents when choosing a children’s dentist. Many patients prefer going to a dentist where the parents and kids can get checkups and cleanings at the same time.

While there are some great pediatric dentists out there, few, if any, also treat adults. This means you and your children can’t receive treatment at the same time. For many parents, this means having to get childcare when it’s their turn to sit in the dental chair.

Also, when you and your children go to the same dental office, it gives you an excellent opportunity to really get to know everyone there.

At Ocean View Dental, we are passionate about dental education and taking our time to get to know all our patients. When you come in for an appointment with your children, we love to spend time with you together. This allows us to build a deeper relationship with you and provide seamless education regarding dental health, brushing, flossing, and your child’s developing mouth.

How does the dentist treat you and your children?

Is the dentist a children’s dentist at heart?

Many dentists will treat children to add convenience for parents and increase their patient load, but do they treat children the way kids want and need to be treated?

For instance, Dr. John Wallace was terrified of the dental chair when he was a kid. While he’s no longer afraid of dentists, he does remember how he felt each time his mom brought him to the dentist.

Fear of the dentist is common in children, and our compassionate team knows the importance of alleviating dental fears and anxiety. We will go the extra mile and beyond to keep you and your children comfortable and relaxed. Well, except when we make your belly ache from laughing–we do love to laugh and have fun!

Moreover, we do our best to never be in a hurry when serving our patients. Every patient gets all the time and attention they need. Because we understand—some patients just need a moment or two to relax.

Does the children’s dentist provide orthodontic services?

At Ocean View Dental, we are proud to partner with Dr. Katherine Ahn and Aviara Centers. Dr. Ahn has extensive experience and training in pediatric orthodontics and craniofacial development.

If your child has poor oral habits or experiences issues with TMJ disorder, sleep apnea, or jaw development, Dr. Ahn is the doctor you can trust to help.

With multiple treatment options, she can give your child not only a beautiful smile but a beautiful face. As a bonus, your child will enjoy improved breathing.

When should I bring my child to the dentist?

At Ocean View Dental, we agree with the guidelines set by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD). They recommend children see a dentist by their first birthday or within six months of eruption of the first tooth. This may seem early, but a lot of changes occur in the teeth and gums as kids grow.

Bringing your children to the dentist at such a young age allows us to help parents understand the different stages and how to maintain good oral health for their children.

It also allows your child to enjoy happy experiences at the dentist while our team builds a positive rapport with them. This is a much better option than their first introduction including the words “cavities” and “fillings.”

After all, when the first few dental experiences are negative for a child, it greatly increases their anxiety and fear over future dental visits.

Our children’s dentistry services also include sealants and fluoride treatments to build strong, healthy smiles.

And if you don’t have dental insurance, you don’t need to worry about cost. We’ve got an amazing membership plan that has you covered for your dental needs!

Call (949) 388-0780 today to schedule appointments for you and your children or to find out more about a complimentary orthodontic consultation.

All-On-4 Implants

All-On-4 Implants for a Permanent Solution

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All-On-4 Implants

Does the fear of loose-fitting dentures slipping or falling out keep you from enjoying life? Hate dealing with messy adhesives? Have you ever had to hunt them down because you forgot where you put them? Or maybe you had to replace them due to breakage? All-On-4 implants let you avoid all that.

With All-On-4, you get a permanent solution that mimics real teeth. When done right, they look and feel natural.

But deciding on All-On-4 restorations is a big investment, and you want to be sure you can rely on the process and results. Many dentists offer implant-supported restorations, but not all of them have what it takes to give you the results you desire.

At Ocean View Dental, our friendly dental team has the knowledge, experience, and training you can trust when it comes to your permanent solution.

The Hassles of Traditional Removable Dentures

If you wear removable dentures or know someone who does, you likely know many of the associated hassles.

Common complaints include:

  • They don’t look or feel real
  • They require frequent, thorough cleaning
  • Expensive, messy adhesives (which also make cleaning more difficult)
  • They must be removed at night
  • Certain foods are off-limits
  • They can break if you drop them
  • They can become ill-fitting, which can cause clacking noises, slippage, and pain.

But there are also many considerations denture-wearers are often unaware of.

For instance, since traditional dentures do nothing to replace your tooth roots, bone loss occurs in your jaw. This bone loss changes the shape of your face and jaw. These changes are what cause dentures to become loose, and often patients must replace their dentures every five or six years to achieve a good fit. This is also what gives denture wearers an aged look due to the sunken-in appearance of the face.

Another consideration is that food particles can get easily trapped between your dentures and gums, which puts you at a much higher risk of gum disease.

Moreover, many patients change their diet, usually due to ill-fitting dentures, and this can lead to poor nutrition.

What are All-On-4 implants?

With All-On-4, permanent restorations are anchored in place with dental implants. But rather than requiring the traditional six to eight dental implants per arch, today’s technology allows for a process called All-On-4. This advanced treatment involves placing the implants at special angles, meaning you can enjoy fixed restorations with only four dental implants per arch.

A dental implant is a titanium post surgically implanted into your jawbone. While the surgery is considered minor and carries few risks, proper placement and success rates are important considerations.

To ensure the best result with dental implants, you want to choose a doctor highly experienced and trained in implantology. Many dentists boast of their training and experience with placing dental implants, but often their training only involved a weekend class. The truth is, only two types of doctors specialize in implantology—periodontists and oral surgeons.

At Ocean View Dental, we are proud to have Board-Certified Periodontist Dr. Pichak Kelk on our team. When Dr. Kelk places your implants, you can trust her experience, which included an additional three years of training in periodontology and implantology after completing dental school.

Once your implants are firmly placed within your jawbone, your All-On-4 full-arch restoration is secured permanently onto the implants for a strong, stable, beautiful smile.

What are the benefits of All-On-4 implants?

When considering your oral health, a major benefit is that dental implants mimic the job of your tooth roots. Therefore, each time you chew or bite, the implants stimulate your bone tissue and keep it healthy. Because of this, you do not have to worry about the bone loss that occurs with traditional removable dentures.

Also, the restoration does not simply rest on your gums. Instead, it is anchored directly into the jawbone, offering tremendous stability and strength.

Other benefits include:

  • They feel, act, and look like natural teeth
  • No more gum pain
  • Care is easy—brush and floss like natural teeth
  • No more expensive, messy adhesives
  • No food restrictions
  • They won’t slip, become loose, or fall out
  • No issues with talking or eating
  • You won’t break or lose them
  • They last for decades

Learn More About All-On-4 Implants

If you are ready to start living life to its fullest while not ever having to worry about the hassles of removable dentures, Ocean View Dental can get you there with confidence.

Call (949) 388-0780 today to speak with one of our knowledgeable team members. We would love to answer your questions and schedule you for a consultation to see if you are a candidate for a permanent restoration with All-On-4.