Our Restorative Dentistry Services
At Avenue Pediatric Dentistry, we offer a full suite of restorative treatments for your child. We offer a caring and child-friendly approach to dentistry that is available with nitrous oxide sedation or general anesthesia. This setup makes the whole experience comfortable for both you and your child.
Composite fillings can be used to restore decayed or broken teeth. The composite filling material closely resembles your child’s natural tooth color, making them a good alternative when esthetics is important. Composite fillings can be time consuming, and do not typically last as long as other filling materials. They may have to be replaced if they begin to deteriorate. Composite fillings work best in permanent teeth, but can be used in baby teeth as well, appreciating their limitations.
Having been around for hundreds of years, traditional amalgam fillings are still a very safe and reliable option for restoring decayed teeth. They are strong and long lasting, and can be placed quickly, which are important factors to consider if your child’s cooperation in the chair is limited. They work well in both baby and permanent teeth and have much less sensitivity after placement.
Stainless Steel Crowns
If your child’s tooth has been significantly broken or decayed, a crown may be necessary to protect the remaining tooth structure and rebuild your child’s tooth. Stainless steel crowns are the strongest filling material and provide the greatest protection from future cavities. The crown covers and protects the whole tooth, providing a very durable biting surface. We typically restore baby teeth with stainless steel crowns, but some in some cases we can restore adult molars with stainless steel crowns as a temporary measure, until a child reaches adulthood when they can have a more permanent custom crown fit.
Pulpotomies are often confused with “baby root canals”, but they are not. If a cavity is very deep and hits the nerve of the tooth, a portion of the nerve must be cleaned out and a special medication placed in order to help soothe the tooth. This partial removal of the nerve tissue is referred to as a pulpotomy. After a pulpotomy is done, a stainless steel crown must be placed to properly seal and protect the rest of your child’s tooth. Pulpotomies only work on healthy teeth however. If there are signs of infection, that indicates that the tooth is no longer healthy an extraction may be indicated.