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By South Miami Pediatric Dental Associates
September 30, 2021
Category: Dental

Dr. Mario Martinez and Dr. Danielle Fernandez are highly-educated and experienced board-certified pediatric dentists. If you’re seeking a compassionate, knowledgeable pediatric dentist in South Miami, FL, then South Miami Pediatric Dental Associates is the right place for you. 

When Is Too Soon to Lose a Baby Tooth?

Children usually begin to lose their baby teeth around age six and continue losing them until age 13. 

If your child loses a tooth at age five or younger or has a baby tooth knocked out prematurely, you should consult your pediatric dentist. 

What Causes Children to Lose Baby Teeth Too Soon? 

The most common cause of early tooth loss is due to dental trauma from an accident or injury. 

Gum infections, such as periodontitis, can also cause teeth to fall out because the infection weakens the gum tissue and bone that supports the teeth. 

Hypophosphatasia, childhood cancer, and other medical conditions that weaken bone development can cause children to lose their primary teeth prematurely. 

What Happens When the Baby Tooth is Lost Too Early?

Dentists will not reinsert the baby tooth into the gums. This can cause severe and permanent damage to your child’s permanent teeth. Cosmetically speaking, it is scarce for anything to be done for the space (other than a space maintainer). Your child will likely have an open space until his or her permanent teeth come in.

With that said, you should absolutely take your child to his or her pediatric dentist. If you need a pediatric dentist in South Miami, FL, Dr. Martinez, and Dr. Fernandez at South Miami Dental Associates is ideal for you and your child.

If you are unsure why or how the tooth was lost, your pediatric dentist can evaluate and diagnose the root cause of the tooth loss, remedy solutions, and help ensure that your child won't lose any more teeth. 

Your dentist may need to determine if your child needs a space maintainer. This tool prevents neighboring teeth from crowding and shifting into the open space. A space maintainer holds a spot so that there is a place for them when the adult teeth come through. 

Request an Appointment Today

Get in touch with a pediatric dentist in South Miami, FL, today. You may contact Dr. Mario Martinez and Dr. Danielle Fernandez at South Miami Pediatric Dental Associates by calling them at (305) 666-2068. You may also visit their office at 6601 S.W. 80th Street, Ste. #212 South Miami, FL 33143.

By South Miami Pediatric Dental Associates
January 27, 2020
Category: Dental
Tags: hospital dentistry  

Hospital dentistry is a specialized branch of dentistry for patients who need to receive dental care in a hospital type setting. Hospital dentistry is particularly beneficial for providing essential dental care to children with severe anxiety or certain conditions. In South Miami, hospital dentistry is available for children through South Miami Pediatric Dental Associates. There, pediatric dental care is provided by Dr. Mario Martinez and Dr. Rebecca Lenard.

How Hospital Dentistry Helps

Hospital dentistry is an effective way to provide critical dental care to patients who are generally unable to tolerate dental procedures. When dental work is performed in a hospital setting, general anesthesia can be administered so anxious patients can sleep through the procedure.

In addition to helping patients with extreme anxiety, hospital dentistry is also beneficial to patients requiring extensive dental work but who cannot tolerate undergoing everything at once. Rather than scheduling multiple appointments, patients are able to endure completing all needed dental work at once when they can sleep through it.

Hospital Dentistry for Children

Children who experience extreme anxiety or discomfort during dental or medical appointments can benefit from hospital dentistry. At South Miami Pediatric Dental Associates, our dentists can assess your child’s ability to tolerate dental treatment using the Frankl Behavioral Rating Scale. The scale was developed by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry to determine a child’s potential level of cooperation while undergoing dental treatment.

Children who are resistant to dental work, severely fearful or anxious, or demonstrate an unwillingness to cooperate during treatment could benefit form hospital dentistry. Additionally, children with certain conditions can benefit from the more relaxed setting hospital dentistry provides. Hospital dentistry can benefit children with any of the following conditions:

  • Autism
  • Down Syndrome
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Special needs
  • Severe anxiety
  • Certain medical disorders
  • Behavioral disorders

Hospital dentistry is an effective method for helping children receive essential dental care they could not normally tolerate in a traditional dental setting. To learn more about how hospital dentistry could benefit your child, call South Miami Pediatric Dental Associates in South Miami, FL, at (305) 666-2068 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Martinez or Dr. Lenard.