The most common dental restoration procedures for children are pediatric fillings. A filling strengthens a tooth damaged by decay and stops it from spreading any further.
Restoration Procedures We Offer:
- Tooth-colored fillings also known as composites: Cavities that are small or only found on one or two surfaces of teeth are commonly restored with a filling or composite.
- Sealants or Preventive resin restorations: A protective coating made from plastic and applied to the chewing surfaces of the teeth at the back of your child’s mouth. Sealants are used to fill in deep grooves that children may have difficulty brushing. Often, bacteria hide in these grooves causing cavities. Sealants prevent cavities by filling in the grooves.
- Crowns (Caps): Primary teeth with larger cavities or decay in multiple locations can be restored with stainless steel or white zirconium crown.
- Replacement of prematurely lost primary teeth: Anterior teeth, primary teeth found in the front of the mouth, can be replaced for aesthetic reasons if they are lost prematurely. Posterior primary teeth often need to be replaced because losing these teeth too early can cause oral development problems with teeth spacing and mouth arch.
Pediatric dental restorations are important because they help preserve the integrity of your child’s teeth and prevent more damage from occurring. Dental restorations ensure sufficient tooth function, restore aesthetics, protect the structure of the teeth, and promote overall oral health.
Dental Restoration FAQ
Caps are sometimes necessary to repair and restore a baby tooth with a large cavity.
Many parents are relieved to find that white crowns for baby teeth are available.
Caps can be silver or white. They are used to repair a decayed back tooth and prevent further decay. Caps are made to fit the exact size and shape of the tooth.
Crowns or caps are placed on teeth that are too damaged to be repaired by a filling. Since crowns are placed on the back teeth and usually lasts until the tooth falls out (usually around age 12), they are a good way to prevent decay while saving the tooth.
Porcelain crowns usually last 5 to 15 years.
While you cannot get a cavity in a crown, you can get a cavity in the tooth under the crown. When this happens the dentist will need to remove and replace the crown.
When a crown falls out, it is usually because it did not fit properly or there was not enough tooth remaining for the crown to adhere to.
Most children begin losing their baby teeth, also known as primary teeth, at age 6. The molars (back teeth) are the last teeth to be lost, usually around age 12.
If your child loses a crown, schedule an appointment with your pediatric dentist immediately. The dentist can reattach the crown. However, you should not attempt to glue the crown back on yourself.
Baby teeth, also known as primary teeth, contain nerves and blood vessels just like permanent teeth.