Learn the Power of Restorative Dentistry

Restorative DentistryMother Teresa was known to have said that, “We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do.”

However, the dentists at Sea of Smiles know the good that a smile can do. A simple smile given to a child during their appointment can transform their perception of dental health for a lifetime.

And by helping children practice good dental hygiene, pediatric dentists allow children to spread their smiles to the many people who enter their lives.

The good of a smile is why restorative dentistry is so important! Even though Sea of Smiles focuses on preventive care, sometimes dental care doesn’t go according to plan. But that doesn’t mean your child’s smile has to remain the way it is.

Through pediatric restorative dentistry, your child’s unique smile can be restored and continue benefiting everyone around them.

The Power of Pediatric Restorative Dentistry

The power of restorative dentistry lies in its ability to recreate smiles that have been damaged. Sometimes this is from outside sources (i.e. an unfortunate sports accident), other times the damage to the teeth is from poor dental habits. Either way, the dentist must provide a diagnosis and suggest a treatment.

Your dentist may suggest a treatment plan to restore your child’s teeth that are decayed, chipped, cracked, discolored or even missing. Teeth that are affected by any of these developmental or trauma-related defects can qualify for restorative care. Whether it’s a filling, crown, implant or bridge, there are several options available depending on need.

Four Most Common Types of Pediatric Restorative Dentistry

We briefly mentioned the types of treatments your dentist might use to restore your child’s teeth. However, if you are like most parents, it is natural to want to have as much information as possible, even before visiting the dentist. You might want to know about the most common types of restorative dentistry and how the dentist may choose one over the other to restore your child’s smile.

Tooth-Colored Fillings

No matter how much preventive care is stressed, we know that prevention does not guarantee success, and some children may continue to develop cavities. A child with an affected tooth will have to go through a decay removal process. Not particularly fun, but failing to do this could lead to infection, toothache, or even total tooth loss. Filling a cavity after it has undergone treatment is part of the process. Tooth-colored fillings for children have become more popular due to their discretion. These fillings blend in with your child’s natural tooth color, so when your child smiles, they will remain unseen.

Dental Crowns

Pediatric dental crowns are used to help strengthen a child’s tooth after certain procedures or when a tooth is irreparably damaged. A tooth can be altered by an oral specialist for a number of reasons. For example, it can happen because a cavity has destroyed a significant portion of a tooth. Some parents prefer fillings for their child, but these are sometimes insufficient, which is why crowns may be the better option.

Extractions

This is generally the last option, used if nothing else would offer a better solution. There are many reasons why a tooth extraction may be necessary for your child. The most common reason for tooth extraction is tooth decay that has damaged a tooth. These teeth need to be removed in order to protect your child’s oral health. Another reason a child might need to undergo teeth removal services would be if he or she had stubborn baby teeth. Sometimes, these teeth do not fall out on their own and require additional attention. A tooth that hangs around too long could disrupt the growth of the underlying tooth. This means that your child’s permanent teeth could grow in incorrectly, which can lead to issues down the road.

Cosmetic Bonding

A chipped tooth can happen for many reasons: riding a bicycle, playing basketball, or crunching a piece of hard candy. It’s one of the most common dental injuries — and, fortunately, it’s usually one of the easiest to treat. There are several ways a chipped tooth can be treated, depending on how extensive the chip is.

In many cases, a small to moderate chip can be repaired via a procedure called bonding. Bonding uses tooth-colored substances to replace missing tooth structure. Bonding materials are called “composite resins” because they contain a mixture of plastic and glass, which adds strength and translucency. This composite actually bonds, or becomes one, with the rest of the tooth.

At Sea of Smiles, we care about ensuring your child has the best pediatric dentistry available and will do all that we can to ensure your child has a happy and healthy smile.

To set up an appointment at either our Yardley (267-392-5878) or Bensalem (215- 433-1840) locations; or learn more about restorative dentistry or our other services, give us a call!