PEDIATRIC DENTAL TREATMENTS
Tooth-colored Fillings (Composite Resin Restorations; BPA Free)
Composite resin fillings are made of a ceramic and plastic compound material. Because resin resembles the appearance of natural teeth, these fillings can be matched to the existing tooth structure. They are also known as “white fillings” or “tooth-colored fillings.”
An extraction is the removal of a tooth. Reasons for removal of a primary tooth
Root Canals (primary teeth)
A pulpotomy is a root canal for a primary tooth. In the pulpotomy procedure, the pulp tissue, including the diseased portion, is removed. The objective of a pulpotomy is to maintain the vitality of the remaining pulpal tissue in the roots with the placement of a therapeutic dressing. A pulpotomy is recommended when a deep cavity close to the nerve is present.
Crowns (primary teeth)
A crown is a full coverage restoration made of one of the following: surgical stainless steel, veneered stainless steel, composite resin or zirconia. A crown is generally recommended for the following reasons: when significant tooth structure has been compromised due to tooth decay and/or after all pulpotomy procedures. Crowns are cemented in and when a baby tooth becomes loose naturally, the tooth will fall out with the crown attached.
A space maintainer is an appliance that is custom-made in a metal material similar to that of braces.
The appliance is cemented in a child's mouth and will remain there until the permanent tooth or teeth erupt. The purpose of a space maintainer is to hold the space to allow the permanent tooth to erupt and come into place when it is naturally ready.
Habit appliances are used to prevent and to remind a child to cease an oral habit such as thumb or finger sucking or tongue thrust. They can also be used as trainers for tongue placement during rest and swallowing. These appliances use reminder habit cribs and Blue Grass Rollers for these purposes.
Teeth Whitening (teenage patients)
Teeth whitening for a teenaged patient is similar to that recommended for an adult patient. Custom bleaching trays are made for the patient for use at home with prescription strength whitening gel. It is usually recommended for the teenage patient to also use fluoride after bleaching to reduce
Minor orthodontics for correction of a cross bite or misaligned tooth/teeth may be recommended for early correction. An assessment will be made to determine when the best time for correction is.
Correction can be recommended while your child still has baby teeth. A child’s comfort level and ability to tolerate dental treatment is an important factor in determining when treatment is initiated.
Discover the importance of your child's first set of teeth and how to keep them healthy.
Baby Bottle Tooth Decay
Read the causes and how to prevent baby bottle tooth decay for your baby.
What are sealants and how do dentists use them to protect your child's teeth.|
Discuss with your pediatric dentist a recommended orthodontic assessment for your child.
As a parent, you can learn how to quickly act on dental emergencies before the dentist visit.