Restoration

Playing Catch up...

There aren't two children alike, and sometimes no mater how hard you’ve tried, it just seems like there are some oral health issues that are unavoidable. We understand and are here to help! The most important action to start with is immediately getting in for a full exam which includes a X-Rays and full diagnostic of your child’s gum health, as well as the condition of each individual tooth. Once the exam is complete, our pit crew will get to work on putting an action plan together to ensure that we take care of your child’s immediate challenges and / or discomforts, as well as putting a plan in place to address the future well being of their oral health.

“A beautiful smile is a curve that sets everything straight!”

Crowns...

Especially in front teeth, if we find that your child has a lot of decay or a fracture, we may recommend a resin crown to cover the entire tooth. Aesthetically speaking, resin is a moldable material and is available in many shades allowing us to custom match the natural tooth color. While this makes an immediate difference in appearance, they do have the tendency to stain and discolor and can even fracture or break over time. This is the main reason that we only recommend them for front teeth and special care is also encouraged to prolong the longevity of the filling. In the event that there is an issue with a back tooth, we recommend a stainless steel crown. These are prefabricated silver crowns that cover the entire visible portion of the tooth. These crowns (commonly referred to as silver caps) are incredibly durable and the favored choice for restoring back teeth when a large portion of the tooth is lost due to extensive decay or a fracture. These crowns are durable enough to sustain normal biting forces and are usually well hidden as they are located in the back of the mouth.

Fillings...

If during the exam we find that your child has a cavity, we may recommend either a white or a silver filling. Our decision will be mostly based on where the tooth is located and / or how large the cavity is. Resin fillings are typically the material of choice unless the decay is too large in which case a stronger material (such as amalgam) is needed to withstand biting forces. At this point in the process it will be important for us to have an open discussion about the positives and negatives of each option based on the exact needs of your child. Of course we greatly value your opinion, and hope that together we can come up with an action plan makes sense.

Rehabilitation involving Extractions and Sedation...

Sometimes no matter how hard we’ve tried, a deeper level of treatment is required which could even include extractions. At this point, mild sedation can greatly help increase cooperation and reduce anxiety associated with dental treatment. Various medications can be used to sedate a child, however, medications will need to be selected based upon a child’s overall health, level of anxiety, and dental treatment recommendations. In our open environment however, we have found that most children respond quite positively to just the basic oral sedation mostly do to the the fact that we spend a lot time building trust as we educate both you and your child on everything we are about to do. In most cases, by the time we get to the point of sedation, we hope they are actually excited about the process and look forward to it. Once they come out of it, their anxiety is usually even lower, which makes the next visit even easier!
Learn More about our Sedation Methods
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