Your child’s teeth, even their baby teeth, are quite durable. If they weren’t, they wouldn’t be able to withstand the daily chewing and grinding they undergo as your family members eat their favorite foods. Of course, without proper oral hygiene, they can begin to break down. In some cases, baby teeth can erode and even fall out as a result of chronic decay. However, just because their teeth are damaged, it doesn’t mean they have to be removed.
Tooth decay goes through stages of development, and in some cases we can stop them from turning into cavities. Once they become cavities, we would typically need to place a dental filling. However, with silver diamine fluoride (SDF), we can halt the process of decay, reducing the need for a dental filling in the first place. Additionally, children with dental sensitivity can also benefit from SDF. This fluoride therapy works incredibly well, lasts a long time, and is perfect for both primary and permanent teeth.
When teeth become damaged, there is a chance that the inner area of their tooth where the pulp and nerve tissue lie become infected. Instead of removing this tooth outright, we perform a common procedure known as pulp therapy. This treatment is performed on both baby teeth and permanent teeth that have suffered severe damage either from decay or physical injury. Our pediatric dentists are professionals at helping children prepare for more involved restorative treatments like pulp therapy, so both you and your child can feel confident if it is needed.
Teeth don’t have to be removed just because they’ve experienced some damage. In fact, our office goes out of its way to avoid tooth removal whenever possible. To accomplish this, we provide many different types of dental crowns and bridges to restore and replace missing teeth. Keep in mind that while baby teeth are meant to fall out eventually, crowns and bridges can work to protect both their damaged teeth and preventing neighboring teeth from shifting out of place. This ensures their smile and bite alignment remain on track.
In the past, dentists often resorted to using silver amalgam fillings to restore teeth regardless of what the patient wanted. Today, we make an effort to provide multiple solutions, including tooth-colored fillings made from durable and natural-looking composite resin. Not only are these fillings capable of lasting a very long time, but they can be color-matched to your child’s existing tooth enamel shade with ease. That means a mouth free of metal and a smile full of confidence!
When you don’t have to wait weeks on end to receive a restoration for a damaged tooth, everyone comes out ahead in the end, especially your child. For example, if a cavity is present, we can easily restore it using one-visit, bioactive cosmetic fillings. Once we prepare their smile and shape it effectively, we’ll place the filling directly on their damaged tooth, then harden it instantly using a curing light. The result is a beautiful restoration and protected tooth, all without having to schedule a second appointment!