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Pediatric Dentistry

Restorative Procedures

Help maintain your child’s dental health

There are a few types of restorative procedures used to improve the shape or strength of a tooth like fillings or crowns.

Fillings

Traditional dental restoratives, or fillings, may include gold, porcelain, or composite. Newer dental fillings include ceramic and plastic compounds that mimic the appearance of natural teeth. These compounds, often called composite resins, are typically used on the front teeth where a natural appearance is important. There are two different kinds of fillings: direct and indirect. Direct fillings are fillings placed directly into a prepared cavity in a single visit. Indirect fillings include inlays or veneers fabricated with ceramics or composites and generally require two or more visits.

Crowns

Crowns are a restorative procedure used to improve the shape or strength of a tooth. A crown is a “cap” cemented onto an existing tooth that usually covers the portion of the tooth above the gum line. In effect, the crown becomes the tooth’s new outer surface. Crowns can be made of porcelain, metal or both. Porcelain crowns are preferred because they mimic the translucency of natural teeth and are very strong.

Crowns or onlays (partial crowns) are most often used for teeth that are broken, worn, or have portions destroyed by tooth decay when there is insufficient tooth strength remaining to hold a filling. Unlike fillings, which involve applying restorative material directly into the mouth, a crown is made in a lab based on your child’s unique tooth impression. The dental lab technician examines all aspects of your child’s bite and jaw movements and then sculpts the crown precisely for your child so that his or her bite and jaw movements function normally once the crown is in place.

All White Crowns

In some cases, a cavity in a baby tooth can be so extensive that a regular filling may not fully restore the tooth. In these cases, we recommend a crown be placed on that tooth. We are proud to offer white zirconia crowns to restore front and back teeth.

Dental Abscess

An abscessed tooth is a dental condition in which the nerve, also called dental pulp, has become infected. The infection usually occurs when a dental cavity goes untreated and bacteria spread deep within the tooth. Left untreated, an abscess can progress to a serious, life-threatening bacterial infection throughout the entire body. This is especially harmful to children, because their immune systems are not fully developed.

Signs Your Child May Have an Abscess

  • Continuous sharp or throbbing pain
  • Pain when chewing
  • Red, swollen gums
  • Swollen neck or jaw
  • Fever
  • Bitter taste in the mouth or bad breath

Treatment of an Abscess

If an abscess occurs in one of your child’s primary or baby teeth, it will most likely need to be extracted. Depending on the location of the extraction, a space maintainer may be necessary until the permanent tooth emerges to prevent the surrounding teeth from drifting into the open space.

If your child’s permanent tooth has an abscess, the treatment options consist of root canal therapy to clean and remove the infection, or tooth extraction. Your pediatric dentist may also choose to add an antibiotic to your child’s treatment plan. This will prevent the infection from spreading further into the jaw and bone tissue.

Tooth Abscess Prevention

The good news about a dental abscess is that it’s easily preventable! Schedule regular exams to your pediatric dentist to monitor and address any cavities present in your child’s mouth. Also, making sure your child follows effective home-care practices, such as brushing twice a day and flossing, and eliminating excess sugar in his or her diet, are simple ways you can prevent an abscessed tooth.

Dental Bonding

Dental Bonding

Children’s teeth bonding is dental filling used to restore and reshape teeth. The process improves both mouth function and aesthetic appearance. The bonding material is either a composite resin or ceramic that hardens under a specialized light and fuses with the treated tooth.

Dental bonding is a comfortable, non-invasive procedure. To complete the restoration or cosmetic improvement, your Doctor will roughen the surface a bit and coat the tooth lightly with conditioning liquid. The tooth-colored resin will be applied next, to shaded to match your child’s natural teeth closely. The material will be shaped to perfection then hardened.

Uses for Children’s Teeth Bonding

Your Doctor may use children’s dental bonding to correct:

  • Stained teeth
  • Chipped or cracked teeth
  • Spaces between teeth
  • Broken or misshapen teeth

How is Dental Bonding Applied to Teeth?

A children’s teeth bonding is an in-office procedure that takes about an hour to complete. If necessary, the affected tooth will be filed down slightly to achieve a stronger bond. Then a thin layer of bonding material is applied and sculpted to appropriate size and shape. Under a special like, the material will harden and fuse firmly with the treated tooth. Lastly, the bonded tooth is polished until smoothed out.

Treatment for dental bonding takes about one hour, and the results can last about a decade. Once the bond is secure, the tooth will function and appear just like the surrounding natural teeth.

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