When you bring your child to the Smiley Tooth Pediatric Dental Specialists, we always focus on keeping their teeth in their best health. Many times, kids just need a checkup and gentle cleaning along with preventative care such as fluoride treatments and dental sealants. If your child needs further care, it’s usually in the form of restorative dental treatments.
Restorative dental treatments prevent and treat damaged or diseased teeth with the goal of restoring the tooth and your child’s oral health. And even a child’s primary teeth require care and treatments to ensure permanent teeth can emerge healthily. We always use the most effective treatments while emphasizing your child’s comfort. Here is everything parents should know about the types of restorative dental treatments for kids. The steps you take now to preserve your child’s oral health now will translate to a healthy mouth as they grow and well into adulthood.
Fillings are some of the most common restorations for children whose teeth have minor decay. Because the tooth cannot get rid of decay and heal itself, your child’s dental specialist removes the decay and then places a filling to protect the treated area of the tooth.
Fillings are non-invasive, and we typically use a topical anesthetic to keep your child comfortable during the procedure.
A dental crown is a restorative treatment that protects the entire visible area of your child’s tooth. This restoration might be necessary if a molar has not formed properly, if the tooth has been damaged or cracked due to trauma, or if there is extensive tooth decay.
After treating the tooth, your child’s dental specialist will place and shape the dental crown. We ensure the crown is suitably shaped to function correctly, look natural, and fit with surrounding teeth.
A pulpotomy is a nerve treatment. The pulp is the soft tissue located inside the hard outer layer of a tooth. Deep decay can cause inflammation or infection in the pulp, but with this restorative dental treatment, your child’s natural tooth can be saved.
During a pulpotomy, the dental specialist removes the diseased section of the pulp, seals the tooth, and places a crown to protect the area and rebuild the tooth structure.
At Smiley Tooth Pediatric Dental Specialists, we approach every restorative dental treatment with compassion and care for your child. Learn more about our restorative treatment options for kids. As always, feel free to contact our team with any questions you have about your child’s care.