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.

Fillings

If a tooth experiences moderate decay, it can often be saved with a filling. We offer several options to address cavities. 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.

Root Canal

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.

Space Maintainers

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 is adequate space for a permanent tooth to come through. In certain situations, if a space maintainer is not installed in the open space it can lead to larger problems that usually require the help of orthodontics down the line. This usually happens when the teeth surrounding the space where the tooth was extracted begin to shift to fill in the empty area. Then, once the permanent tooth comes in, it can cause all sorts of grouping and the forced moving of teeth. That can then lead to tooth decay, bite misalignment and other problems that a space maintainer would have helped avoid in the first place.

Crowns

Crowns can protect teeth that have undergone a nerve treatment, are extensively decayed or have been damaged somehow. These teeth can cause some serious discomfort for your child and can range from an over-sensitive tooth to extreme levels of pain and crowns can help address that problem. 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 to help make sure your child’s smile remains bright after the procedure. When it comes to both types of crowns, most patients hardly notice they’re there once the crown has been installed. They are also very durable and rather easy to take care of. We will work with you to determine the best possible option for your child.

Bridgework

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.

If your child needs any kind of restorative dentistry, please call All About Kids Dental to make an appointment right away or to ask any questions about the services we can offer.