Comprehensive Dental Care

At South OC Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, we offer preventive, restorative, orthodontic, and emergency care to children and adults, as well as those with special needs. Our preventive care will keep tooth decay and gum disease at bay by providing regular dental cleanings, checkups, x-rays, and fluoride treatments.

We recommend your child gets dental sealants once their first and second permanent molars come in at ages 6 and 12. For patients who are experiencing active oral health problems, we can restore the health of an infected tooth, prevent problems with a prematurely missing tooth, protect vulnerable or weakened teeth, and remove and replace teeth that can no longer be restored.

As specialists in child oral health care, we can look out for problems that are specific to children, such as tongue and lip ties, baby bottle tooth decay, orthodontic issues from pacifier and thumb sucking, and how to clean your child’s teeth and gums.

Providing Quality Dental Care for Your Entire Family

We provide dental care for patients of all ages, with a variety of needs. The great thing about going to a family dentist is that the entire family can get the care they need simultaneously. It makes scheduling appointments and knowing where to go for an emergency much more convenient. It also reduces dental anxiety in children and those with special needs, because they become accustomed to the familiar setting and are more likely to trust a place they go to with their whole family. We can spot hereditary oral health problems by treating both parent and child. 

Accessible Dental Care for Teenagers

The great thing about going to a family dentist is that children have a dental home from the time they are a baby until they’re an adult. At South OC Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, we don’t stop treating children once they turn 18, unlike exclusive pediatric dentists. 

This is important because as teenagers start to gain a lot of autonomy, they are more likely to neglect their oral health and start to suffer from problems like tooth decay, orthodontic issues, teeth grinding, TMJ, and impacted wisdom teeth.

Cosmetic Treatment Options For Children

Take-Home Teeth Whitening

Take-home teeth whitening is great for kids and teens with busy schedules. In this procedure, Dr. Delorme will make a set of reusable, custom whitening trays. Then, your child will use a set of whitening products and their whitening trays to whiten their smile in the comfort of their own home. They’ll usually wear the trays for about an hour a day for 2-3 weeks. This is a great option if you know your child will be diligent about wearing their trays.

In-Office Teeth Whitening

In-office whitening is great for special events like senior photos or graduation. In this treatment, Dr. Delorme will whiten your child’s teeth by 5-10 shades in a single appointment. Using powerful whiteners and UV light, he can provide amazing results for kids of all ages.

Dental Bonding

Dental bonding is used to reshape and improve your child’s teeth. In this procedure, Dr. Delorme will add tooth-colored dental resin to your child’s tooth. He will trim, sculpt, shape, and mold this resin to fix issues like minor chips, uneven teeth, small teeth, and more. Dental bonding doesn’t require any enamel removal, and it’s also fast and affordable, so it’s a great option for kids and teens.

FAQs

What Is the Difference Between a Pediatric Dentist and a Family Dentist?

A pediatric dentist only treats children, while a family dentist treats people of all ages, which makes them a great place for families to go to get dental care for everyone in their family. We offer the best of both worlds, as all of our dentists are pediatric dentists that have undergone additional years of training and education to earn their specialization in pediatric dentistry. 

However, also offer dental care to adults so they don’t need to go to a separate dentist and your child doesn't need to find a new one once they turn 18. This provides a more consistent life-long approach to dental care. We believe in the concept of forming a dental home. 

Studies have shown that an ongoing personal relationship between a patient and a dentist in a family-centered way is much more likely to form a positive association with dental care for them. Your child’s approach to dental care from an early age will form how they feel about going to the dentist for the rest of their life. 

It is important they feel comfortable, understood, and safe. At our office, all of our dentists are specially trained in child development and child psychology as well as special needs so we can formulate personalized plans that work for everyone.

What are the signs of an infection after a wisdom tooth extraction?

If an infection of the incision occurs, it’s a dental emergency and you need to contact an emergency unit. Common symptoms include: bad smell, swelling of the gums, puss coming out of the area, fever, pain that is not relieved by medication.

What can I eat after a wisdom tooth extraction?

It’s recommended to stay away from spicy food, hard foods, seeds or foods with small bits that might get stuck in the incision area. Eat cooler, softer foods like ice cream, fruit puree, soups, pasta, boiled and mashed vegetables etc.

Get in Touch

Book Now for Our New Patient Special

We are currently offering a new patient special that includes an oral exam, dental cleaning, and x-rays all for $150. Contact us at South OC Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics to schedule an appointment with Dr. John Delorme today.

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