Restorative dentistry in Pennsylvania can help improve the health and appearance of your child’s smile after experiencing tooth loss. It’s important to seek proper treatment from a pediatric dentist for lost or damaged teeth. Without proper treatment, further damage and difficulties with eating or speaking can occur. There are several restorative options available to children in the Pennsylvania area depending upon their situation.
When it comes to restorative dentistry for children, we don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all approach. That’s why we do our best to make sure we treat each child with individual care and evaluate them thoroughly. Once Dr. Shah assesses your child’s condition and performs an oral exam, he will recommend a restorative dentistry solution designed specifically for your child.
Some of the restorative dentistry treatments in our Pennsylvania office include:
Composite fillings, also known as white fillings, are made of a glass or quartz material and produce a tooth-colored material. Restorative dentistry can help improve the health and appearance of your child’s smile after tooth loss. It’s important to seek proper treatment from a pediatric dentist for any lost or damaged teeth. Without proper treatment, further damage and difficulties with eating or speaking can occur. There are several restorative options available for your child depending on their situation.
A root canal treats problems within the soft core of the tooth, known as the dental pulp. The nerve is the soft tissue found inside the tooth from the top all the way down to the end of the root. It provides nutrients to the tooth as it grows. If the nerve becomes damaged, it will gradually decay the tooth. The nerve can also become damaged from trauma to the tooth that cuts off the blood supply and causes the pulp tissue to die. If left untreated, infection may build up within the root tip and form an abscess that can damage the bone around the teeth, causing pain and potentially harming the permanent teeth. A pulpotomy involves removal of the nerve in the crown (part of the tooth above the gum line), which is then filled with a sedative material placed into the nerve chamber. This maintains the vitality of the remaining nerve tissue. Dr. Shah will then restore the tooth with a stainless steel crown.
An SSC, also known as a crown, is a restoration that covers or caps a tooth. These stainless steel crowns are incredibly durable and are the ideal choice for molars that are broken down beyond the repair with composite material. These are used because molars endure the most pressure when eating, or if your child clenches or grinds his or her teeth. They are also in the back of the mouth, making them less visible.
White crowns are made of a resin and can be used to strengthen decaying teeth that are located in the front of the mouth. They are close in color and can be made to match the natural color of your child’s teeth. Placing composite crowns requires skill and time to perform, but it is worth the effort to cosmetically restore severely broken down front teeth. Composite crowns are weaker than SSC’s, and can fracture and break over time if special care is not used.
Dr. Shah will first make every effort to try and save the tooth, but this is not always possible. Dental extractions are often performed to remove a broken tooth, due to tooth decay, or to remove over-retained teeth that cause overcrowding in the mouth and shift teeth. The extraction procedure is performed under local anesthesia with minimal discomfort. After the extraction, your child is advised to stay away from certain foods and drinks for a few days. He or she should feel better within two to three days. To minimize discomfort, we recommend applying ice to the affected area, rinsing the mouth with water, and/or taking pain medication.
For more information on Restorative Dentistry for Kids at A+ Pediatric Dental Specialty Care in the Pennsylvania area feel free to call 215-643-9400 or fill out the contact form for assistance.