Frequently Asked Questions
If you are curious about our services or have questions about Pediatric Dental care, take a moment and read the following information.
The first visit to the office is by far the most important one. The visit will give Dr. Lempert the opportunity to understand your concerns regarding your child and to spend some time getting to know both you and your child. Expect to be in the office at least one hour so that we can complete your health history, listen to your concerns, examine your child, clean your child’s teeth, place fluoride (as needed) and discuss treatment and home care recommendations with you. You will also have an opportunity to ask questions. You can reduce the time required in the office by completing the Patient information and health history forms in advance. They can be found on this website under the Forms Tab.
Following the examination, Dr. Lempert will discuss any treatment recommendations with you.
In most cases, Dr. Lempert can treat most children with these conditions. During the first visit, we will be able to determine if we can comfortably treat your special needs child. Sedation may be recommended in some of these cases.
Yes. In most cases parents may be present during the treatment.
Routine cleaning and periodic examination appointments can be scheduled after school hours.
Appointments for actual dental treatment are scheduled in the morning hours only for children under the age of 9 or under. This is the standard for most pediatric dentists. We have found that your child will have a much better experience when treatment is done early in the day.
No, we do not validate parking in the building. However, there is ample street parking in the area along Wilshire Blvd. and along many of the side streets.
A child’s first visit should be by age 1 or when the first tooth comes in.
We offer dental services to teens and young adults.
Children are seen every six months because their teeth and jaws are in a constant state of development through their formative years. Also, children are much more cavity prone when they are young. These routine visits give the pediatric dentist an opportunity to continually monitor your child’s development and to check for dental caries as well as to clean your child’s teeth, give specific home care instructions and apply fluoride as needed.
According to the American Dental Association and the US Food and Drug Administration, dental radiographs should be taken for children as soon as they are able to tolerate the procedure to establish a baseline and to determine if there are any developmental issues, dental caries or any other pathology. After this initial assessment, x-rays may be taken as often as every 6 months or as infrequently as every few years depending on the risk for dental decay for your child.
In many cases, we can use transillumination to detect dental caries in children. This digital device shines a light through the tooth to detect dental decay. While x-rays are still the gold standard, this procedure does not use any radiation and is very accurate in detecting most dental decay. This procedure is currently not covered by dental insurance plans.
Nitrous oxide is a safe and manageable way to make your child’s dental treatment experience comfortable. Once administered your child is relaxed and the pediatric dentist can perform the procedure in the without any stress for the child. Additionally, the child is then unaware that they ever received local anesthetic as well. Dr. Lempert monitors the process so that a minimal amount of the gas is utilized to achieve the desired results.
We have an answering service 24/7; In case of a dental emergency myself or another pediatric dentist is on call evenings, weekends, vacations and all holidays.
Yes, we accept all dental PPO and indemnity insurance plans; in addition we are In-Network with many insurance plans as well. We do not participate in any DHMO plans.
We accept assignment of benefits so that patients are only responsible for deductibles and applicable copayments on the day services are rendered unless other payment arrangements are made in advance.
Following the presentation of the treatment plan you can discuss payment arrangements with our front office staff; we will do everything possible to make affordable payment arrangements with you.
Cash discounts may be available depending upon the extent of the treatment needed. Ask the Office Manager for assistance with this matter.
Cash discounts are always offered for orthodontic treatment plans.
No discounts are available for insured patients as dental PPO plans already discount our fees 20% or more depending on the services provided.
In many instances, the wisdom teeth have insufficient space in the jaws to erupt properly. In these instances, removal of the third molars prevents future pathology such as decay or damage to adjacent teeth. Also, the older you are, the more difficult the procedure and recovery.
No. However, in many cases it is preferable for pain management and your comfort.
There are several options:
- The best option is porcelain crowns or porcelain veneers; However, this treatment may not be the most conservative and is costlier.
- Another option is cosmetic bonding; with this treatment, more tooth structure is preserved while improving the appearance of your smile. Ask Dr. Elihu which treatment may be best for you.
Scaling and Root Planing is a therapeutic treatment for the treatment of periodontal disease. Unlike a routine cleaning (oral prophylaxis), scaling and root planning is performed when your x-rays show bone loss AND your periodontal pocket depths are 5mm deep or greater. In these cases, bacterial calculus stuck to the root surfaces of your teeth must be removed to prevent further loss of bone around your teeth. Local anesthetic is utilized for your comfort during the procedures performed by registered dental hygienists or the dentist.
- Laser Decontamination: In some instances, following scaling and root planning, it is advisable to have the remaining pockets treated with a laser. The laser kills ANY remaining bacteria still in the pocket to promote faster healing.
First, an implant is placed (a surgical procedure) in the bone. Once integrated with the jaw bone, (3-6 months), then a restorative procedure to place a crown on the implant is performed.