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pediatric restorative dentistry
pediatric restorative dentistry

What is Restorative Dental Care for Children?

Restorative dentistry is the prevention and treatment of diseases of the teeth in order to restore or bring them back to their best health. Restorative dentistry also includes the repair or replacement of damaged or defective teeth. Restorative dentistry is performed to treat or replace missing or damaged teeth. Whether your child experienced a dental injury, developed a cavity, or has an aesthetic or functional dental concern, Dr. Abarca can effectively restore teeth to ensure a healthy smile and a beautiful appearance.

Composite Fillings “White Fillings”

Did you know that hat even baby teeth sometimes need fillings. When a tooth is cracked, disfigured or decayed a composite (white) filling may be used to restore the tooth. Baby teeth play a critical part in your child's development. Good oral hygiene and regular visits help fillings last longer, and your child can enjoy a pain-free and healthy mouth.

White Crowns


Zirconia white dental crowns are a highly aesthetic and durable stainless steel crown alternative. White zirconia dental crowns are made from solid monolithic zirconia ceramic which does not discolor, chip, or break down over time. The zirconia crowns are digitally pre-made and produced in varying sizes. The crown process involves removing the decayed or damaged area, then preparing the remaining tooth for crown placement. Dr. Abarca can choose the appropriate tooth-colored zirconia crown which will seamlessly blend in with your child’s other teeth.


Both baby teeth and permanent teeth can have the deeper part of the tooth treated by removing all or part of the top part of the pulp (center of each tooth). This is not the same as a pulpectomy, which removes the entire pulp of the tooth. At our office we only do permanent pulpotomy and based on the clinical and radiographic findings of the tooth in question.

Space Maintainers

A space maintainer is an oral appliance made to “maintain” the space left behind by a missing baby tooth. Space maintainers are usually only needed when a child loses a tooth before its permanent replacement has developed or is ready to erupt. This can occur due to tooth decay or injury, or natural occurrence.

Laser Dentistry

Laser dentistry is less invasive than many traditional forms of dentistry and many procedures performed with lasers are painless meaning patients do not require any anesthesia. Laser dentistry is beneficial because the provide opportunity to use less medication, be more precise during procedures, decrease the time of procedures and reduce the risks of intra oral bleeding and infection.

You may be wondering why children sometimes need restorative dental treatments?

While it may seem like something only adults have to worry about, there are actually a number of reasons why kids might need such procedures. One of the most common reasons for restorative dental treatment in children is due to cavities or tooth decay.

This can happen when plaque and bacteria build up on teeth and gums, causing damage over time.

If not treated early, cavities can lead to pain, infection, and even tooth loss.

Other times, kids might need restorative treatments because of an oral injury (from playing sports or accidents), problems with tooth development, overcrowding, and more. So what exactly are the benefits of pediatric restorative dentistry?

Restoring damaged teeth can obviously help improve your child’s appearance – but it also has functional advantages as well. For example, if a cavity isn’t filled, it will continue to grow larger and eventually cause pain whenever your child eats or drinks anything hot or cold. In addition, untreated cavities can lead to infections which could require antibiotics or even surgery down the road.

By taking care of these problems early on, you can help your child avoid a lot of pain and suffering – not to mention costly dental bills later on down the road.

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Why Do Children Need Restorative Dental Treatment?

Children can need restorative dental treatment for a variety of reasons. The most common reason is tooth decay.

Tooth decay is caused by bacteria in the mouth that produce acid. This acid can eat away at the enamel, or hard outer layer of the tooth.

If the decay is not caught early, it can spread to the dentin, or inner layer of the tooth. Decay can also cause cavities.

Cavities are holes in the teeth that can become infected. If the infection is not treated, it can spread to the pulp, or the center of the tooth.

The pulp contains the nerves and blood vessels. An infection in the pulp can be very painful. It can also cause the tooth to die. If the tooth dies, it will need to be removed.

Other reasons children may need restorative dental treatment include:

  • Oral injuries

  • Problems with tooth development

  • Overcrowding

  • Tooth grinding

  • Thumb sucking

Restorative dental treatment can help children keep their teeth healthy and prevent further damage.

Key Takeaway: Restorative dental treatment can help children keep their teeth healthy and prevent further damage.

What Are the Benefits of Restorative Dental Treatment for Children?

There are many benefits to restorative dental treatment for children. First, it can help to improve their overall oral health.

Second, it can help to prevent further damage to their teeth. Third, it can help to improve their appearance.

Finally, it can help to improve their self-esteem.

How Does Restorative Dental Treatment Help Children Develop Properly?

As we mentioned, children often need dental restoration due to cavities or decay. When this happens, Dr. Marvin will usually recommend a filling or a crown. In some cases, a child may need dental surgery.

The benefits of pediatric restorative dentistry include:

Restoring the function of the tooth, preventing further decay or damage, and improving the child's appearance.

Restorative Pediatric Dentistry services include:

  • Composite Fillings “White Fillings”

  • White Crowns

  • Pulpotomy

  • Space Maintainers

  • Laser Dentistry

How Can Parents Ensure Their Child Receives Quality Restorative Care?

It's important for parents to ensure their child receives quality restorative care. This type of dental care can help to prevent further damage to the teeth and gums, and can also help to improve a child's overall oral health.

Here are a few tips on how parents can ensure their child receives quality restorative care:

1. Schedule Regular Dental Check-ups.

It's important to take your child to the dentist for regular check-ups. This will allow the dentist to catch any problems early and to provide the necessary treatment.

2. Choose a Reputable Dentist.

When choosing a dentist for your child, be sure to select one who is experienced in providing quality restorative care.

3. Ask About the Dentist's Experience in Treating Children.

It's important to find a dentist who has experience in treating children. This will ensure that the dentist is familiar with the unique needs of children and can provide the best possible care.

4. Ask About the Dentist's Training in Restorative Care.

It's important to find a dentist who has received training in restorative care. This type of training will ensure that the dentist is able to provide the best possible care for your child.

5. Ask About the Dentist's Policies on Payment.

It's important to find a dentist who offers payment plans that are affordable for you and your family. This will allow you to pay for the care your child needs without having to worry about financial stress.

Key Takeaway: It's important for parents to ensure their child receives quality restorative care by scheduling regular dental check-ups, choosing a reputable dentist, and asking about the dentist's experience and training.

If your child has cavities or tooth decay, they may need restorative dental treatment to restore their teeth. Restorative dentistry can help improve the function, strength, and appearance of damaged or decayed teeth. It can also help prevent further damage to the teeth and mouth. If you think your child may need restorative dental treatment, please contact our office to schedule an appointment.

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