Restorative Dental Care
What is Restorative Dental Care for Kids?
Restorative dental care for kids refers to restoring a tooth that has been damaged. Teeth cannot heal themselves and therefore, permanent damage to a tooth caused by a chip, crack or cavity needs quick treatment. Having restorative dental work done in a timely manner means that your child can retain their biological teeth, which ideal for long-term dental health.
Composite Fillings (“White Fillings”)
Composites and glass ionomers are tooth-colored fillings that are used to restore areas of a tooth after decay has been removed. Case selection is very important in determining the long-term success of the dental restorations. The goal is to return the decayed tooth back to the normal esthetic (sometimes improved), form, and function. Our composite restorations are BPA-free. We do not treat patients with amalgam (traditional silver filling) at our office.
Stainless Steel Crowns
Larger decay or defects can compromise a tooth beyond the effectiveness of a filling and a crown is needed in order to restore the integrity of the tooth. Our office utilizes stainless steel crowns (the gold standard in pediatric dentistry).
Remember that baby teeth serve multiple purposes—the ability to chew (so that your child can grow and develop), esthetics, speech, and space maintenance for the permanent tooth developing underneath.
Pulpotomy (“Baby Root Canal”)
The dental pulp is where the nerves and blood vessels are held that allows our teeth to feel cold and other sensations. Decay on baby teeth can progress very rapidly and can enter the pulp, which can lead to an abscess, infection, and pain. In certain cases a pulpotomy can be utilized to clean out the pulp chamber. Often times these are referenced by dentists as a “baby root canal.” The words “root canal” can illicit fear in the bravest, but in baby teeth the process is a lot different and the phrase is just a descriptor to allow parents to understand what is happening.