Facial trauma and disease are the most common reasons for needing a tooth restored. Some parents don’t think it’s important when the lost or damaged tooth is a baby tooth.
That is not the case.
Failing to restore or replace the tooth could result in long-term problems with eating, speaking, and proper tooth alignment.
Types of Pediatric Restorative Dentistry Procedures
After treating the original problem, Dr. Shiva will then schedule an appointment for an in-depth evaluation. At this session, she may take several X-rays to determine the extent of the damage, and to plan the best way to restore the tooth. Some of the possible options include:
- Crowns: A crown goes over the surface of a tooth to restore it when the decay is too extensive to treat with filling material. This provides structure and protection for the tooth. In the case of primary teeth, Dr. Shiva makes sure that the permanent teeth have enough space to erupt on either side of the treated tooth. We use white restorations on front teeth so they blend in well with the natural color of your child’s teeth.
- Fillings: Teeth with mild to moderate decay can be preserved with tooth-colored filling material.
- Sealants: Dental sealants are more of a preventive measure, but can also be used on teeth already showing signs of decay. This involves our dentist ‘painting’ the tooth with sealant materials then allowing a few minutes for the surface to dry. This is an especially effective treatment for back teeth that can attract bacteria and be difficult to clean owing to natural grooves.
Of course, every child is an individual and your son or daughter may require a different procedure. We take time during the evaluation process to ensure we offer the most effective and appropriate treatment possible. Dr. Shiva will explain the procedure in-depth prior to the appointment so you and your child know exactly what to expect.