Restorative care is the assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of damaged teeth. At Advanced Pediatric Dentistry, we understand that many children can develop cavities or gum problems despite preventative care. When restorations are needed, we pride ourselves on giving our patients the best treatment while keeping them at ease.
We offer several restorative procedures to meet your child’s dental needs, which include:
Composite (White) Fillings
Composite fillings, also known as white fillings, can restore decayed teeth and strengthen tooth structure after cavity damage. During a filling procedure, the decayed portion of the tooth will be removed and then restored with a tooth-colored composite. White fillings are ideal for long-lasting dental health and helping your child feel more confident in their smile.
Stainless Steel Crowns
In some cases, a crown may be required to protect the remaining healthy tissue within a cracked, damaged, or decayed tooth. Your child’s ADP dentist will remove any infected material and then cover the chewing surfaced with a crown that will protect the remaining tooth structure.
Zirconia Kinder Krowns
Preformed white zirconia kinder krowns in certain situations can be used instead of stainless steel crowns for better cosmetic and parent approved dental treatments of front and back teeth. Zirconia crowns are durable enough to use on both front and back teeth and can stand up to years of wear and tear.
Pulpotomies & Pulpectomies
Also known as “baby root canals,” pulpotomies are performed on primary (baby) teeth that have been damaged by decay. When the nerve pulp of the tooth becomes infected, your child can feel pain and discomfort. If left untreated, it can result in the loss of the tooth. During a pulpotomy, the infected nerve tissue is removed and then the space is disinfected and treated with an antibacterial medication designed to preserve the rest of the pulp as well as the root of the tooth. Lastly, a crown or filling is placed to protect the tooth from further damage.
In certain cases pulpectomies are done to remove the complete nerve if necessary for primary and permanent teeth. The complete nerve is removed and disinfected and a temporary or permanent material can be used to prevent further decay.
Occasionally, preserving the tooth is not an option. In cases where there are issues such as infection, abscess, or trauma, an extraction may be needed. Extractions may also be recommended if your child has spacing problems, such as crowding, or if space is required for orthodontic treatment like braces. With the use of the latest dental technologies and techniques, extractions can be performed quickly, gently, and safely.
Unliteral and bilateral space maintainers may be used to prevent movement of teeth after an extraction.