We pride ourselves on teaching your children the most effective oral care methods. But sometimes, even with great oral hygiene habits, teeth can become decayed. Accidents can happen too, leading to cracked or damaged teeth. Either way, decay and damage are serious and need to be addressed. We offer a wide range of restorative dentistry options.
If a tooth experiences moderate decay, it can often be saved with a filling. We offer several options to suit where in the mouth the cavity is. Metal fillings are more appropriate for the hard-working molars in the back of the mouth. We also offer a tooth-colored filling for a more aesthetically pleasing approach. Tooth-colored fillings are often paired with a dental sealant or added protection. Fillings don’t require further maintenance, and your child can return to his or her usual oral care routine.
Significant decay requires a different approach. Once decay reaches into the nerve, a nerve treatment is often necessary to prevent further damage. This is especially important for baby teeth, which act as placeholders for the permanent teeth that will replace them later on. Keeping baby teeth intact and in your child’s mouth is a high priority.
If the decay is too extensive and the tooth needs to be extracted, a space maintainer may be used in the tooth’s place to ensure that surrounding teeth don’t drift, and that there’s adequate space for a permanent tooth to come through.
Crowns can protect teeth that have undergone a nerve treatment or are extensively decayed. Metal crowns can be used for the hardworking back molars that endure a lot of chewing and grinding. Tooth-colored resin crowns can be used in the front of the mouth where smiling teeth will be exposed. In either case, we’ll work with you to determine the best possible option for your child.
We’ll prepare the teeth on either side of a gap so that the teeth can hold crowns. The crowns will anchor the bridge in place. Your child’s custom bridge will contain one or more teeth in a row. If the last tooth on either arch is missing, a cantilever bridge can be secured with only a single crown.
Once your child’s teeth have been prepared for bridgework, we’ll take an impression for our dental lab. A ceramist will fabricate your child’s bridge according to the impression. To complete your smile between visits, we can place a temporary bridge. Your child will return to our office for the permanent placement of the bridge.
If missing teeth are not replaced, remaining teeth can shift out of place. Such shifting can lead to problems with occlusion (how upper and lower teeth fit together), which can in turn lead to TMJ dysfunction and/or bruxism (teeth grinding). Furthermore, missing teeth can alter speech and chewing ability. If teeth are missing in the front of the mouth, a patient may suffer from decreased self-confidence as well.