A range of options for children’s pediatric dentistry restorations
Our first goal is to prevent cavities; however, sometimes restorative care is needed. We offer a range of services to best treat your child’s specific needs.
Resin and amalgam restorations (white and silver fillings)
When your child has a small cavity we may recommend either a white filling or silver filling. Our recommendation will be based on a number of clinical factors; however, the vast majority of the time parental preference is honored.
If your child loses a significant portion of their front tooth lost because of trauma or due to a large cavity, Dr. Diana will likely recommend a resin crown.
Resin is the material that is used when white fillings are placed. Our children’s pediatric dentistry team will custom match resin to the same color as your child’s teeth, and we’ll form the resin to completely replace the lost tooth structure.
Dr. Diana will only recommend resin crowns for front teeth as they are not strong enough to withstand the occlusal forces that are placed on back teeth.
Stainless steel crowns
Dr. Diana may recommend a stainless steel crown (silver cap) if your child has a considerable breakdown of the tooth structure due to tooth decay or traumatic fracture.
Children’s pediatric dentistry experts recommend stainless steel crowns for back teeth because they are able to withstand the significant forces created during normal biting.
A pulpotomy is a children’s pediatric dentistry procedure in which nerve tissue that has been contaminated with bacteria from a deep cavity or as a complication from a traumatic injury is partially removed.
Dr. Diana will place medication within the space that is therapeutic to the remaining nerve before the final filling is placed.
Primary teeth are important for both form and function.
As one of their functions, they act as the placeholders for the developing permanent teeth. When a primary tooth is lost early the result may be space loss from adjacent teeth drifting or tipping into space from the lost tooth.
If your child has this condition, Dr. Diana may recommend a spacer to maintain this space and allow for the proper eruption of their permanent tooth.
There are multiple types of spacers including a band and loop, distal shoe, upper nance, and a lower lingual arch, and this children’s pediatric dentistry appliance will be placed according to the space that is needing to be maintained.;
Once a spacer is placed, Dr. Diana will monitor the development of the permanent tooth at your child’s routine dental appointments and remove the spacer when appropriate.
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