Restorative dental care
Some of the restorative options we offer include: composite (white) fillings, silver fillings, pulpotomy (baby nerve treatments), stainless steel crowns, Zirconia (white) crowns, habit appliances, extractions and space maintainers.
There are times when it is necessary to remove a tooth. Sometimes a baby tooth has misshapen or long roots that prevent it from falling out as it should, and the tooth must be removed to make way for the permanent tooth to erupt. At other times, a tooth may have so much decay that it puts the surrounding teeth and jaw at risk of decay, so your doctor may recommend removal.
When it is determined that a tooth needs to be removed, your dentist may extract the tooth during a regular checkup or may schedule another visit for this procedure. The root of each tooth is encased within your jawbone in a “tooth socket,” and your tooth is held in that socket by a ligament. In order to extract a tooth, your dentist must expand the socket and separate the tooth from the ligament holding it in place. While this procedure is typically very quick, it is important to share with your doctor any concerns or preferences for sedation.
Once a baby tooth has been removed, the shift may be severe enough that it can prevent the permanent tooth from erupting into its predetermined space. It is therefore very important to place a space maintainer until the permanent tooth has erupted.
If your child has a very loose tooth, it should be removed to avoid being swallowed or inhaled.
Dental sealants are protective plastic coatings that can be applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth where decay often starts. If your child has them, it is important to have your dentist check the teeth that have been sealed for signs of leakage or chipped areas. Your dentist checks on the integrity of the sealants when they are doing an oral examination. Your dentist will recommend patching up or replacing sealants if they see the need to do so. Children that have regular exams usually are able to keep their sealants in their mouth longer.