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.
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.
Pulpotomy “Baby Root Canal”
Often called a “mini” or “baby root canal”, a therapeutic pulpotomy is the process of removing decayed tissue from the pulp chamber of the tooth (the upper part that lies above the gum line) and filling it with a medicated material (“medicament”) to halt further decay.
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 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.