Smile Repair in Center for Kids & Teens
We work hard to help kids keep their smiles whole and healthy, but even the most thorough preventive dentistry plan may fall short from time to time. When this happens, we offer a variety of restorative treatment options to renew damaged smiles quickly, comfortably, and effectively. Contact us to schedule a consultation or emergency appointment right away if your little one experiences decay or damage.
Tooth Colored Fillings
Tooth colored, composite resin fillings offer a solution that is both cosmetically superior, and better for the treated tooth. Applied to the damaged area in a malleable form, the composite resin is shaped and hardened in place creating a strong, durable bond.
In most cases, we’ll work hard to help your child retain their primary (baby) teeth until they fall out naturally, and our goal is always to help patients keep their natural teeth for life. However, there are some situations where extracting teeth is the best option for patients’ smiles. In these situations, we’re happy to offer tooth extraction in our practice. Depending on the location of the tooth and how firmly embedded it is in the patients’ smile, we’ll plan the easiest and most comfortable extraction for your little one. We also offer oral conscious and nitrous oxide sedation to help patients relax and reduce any discomfort associated with the extraction process. In some cases General Anesthesia with Out-Patient Day Surgery is indicated.
Stainless Steel Dental Crowns
When working with developing teeth and kids who still have their primary teeth, stainless steel crowns are often the best restorative solution for advanced decay or damage. In most cases, we will recommend a tooth-colored material to repair teeth that are visible when children smile, but for the molars, back teeth used to grind and chew food, stainless steel crowns offer improved durability and protection from additional damage. These high quality restorations are durable and perfectly safe for kids allowing them to bite down hard and protecting teeth from further damage. Stainless steel restorations are less likely to break with daily wear especially for young people who are still learning to care for their teeth and don’t always do the most diligent job brushing and flossing.
In most cases, primary teeth come out when they’re ready, but when these teeth are lost too soon, whether due to traumatic injury, decay, or other causes, it’s essential to the healthy development of adult teeth that the space left by the lost tooth is maintained. There are a variety of styles and types of space maintainers available, but they all perform the same function. Space maintainers retain the position of teeth on either side of a prematurely lost tooth in order to prevent adult teeth from erupting in the wrong position.
Traumatic Injury & Dental Emergency Care
It’s no secret to parents that kids have accidents. If these accidents ever include injury to teeth, our team is here to help. Contact us immediately if your child chips, cracks, breaks, or loses a tooth or experiences a severe toothache for one or more days. We’ll work with you to create a treatment plan to restore your child’s smile and comfort. If your little one has a potentially broken jaw or a head injury that may include concussion, we encourage you to visit your local emergency room.