At Chestermere Station Pediatric Dentistry, we can help restore your child’s smile using many different procedures and materials. Advances in modern dental materials and restorative techniques have provided us with many ways to create a pleasing, natural-looking smile for your child.
There can be many reasons why your Chestermere Station Pediatric Dentist will recommend a tooth extraction for your child. Some patients suffer from tooth decay while others need to have teeth removed as their growth can be hindering orthodontic treatment. Generally, if a child’s tooth is severely decayed to the point where even a root canal will not save the tooth, it is a good idea to have it removed.
Additionally, a tooth may also need to be extracted if there is crowding with other teeth or whether the teeth are fractured beyond repair. If your child is afraid of having their tooth extracted, we offer the option of Sedation Dentistry for their procedure.
There can be many reasons why your child will require a filling. Your child may be complaining about tooth pain; this could be caused by a cavity. Ideally, you will bring your child to the dentist so we can remove the decay before it spreads. However, sometimes the decay is extensive enough that a filling will be required.
Some people say, why fix baby teeth as they are only going to fall out eventually anyway. Several reasons why you should avoid this common misconception including one that could lead to a lifetime of oral health problems.
- Your child’s smile can affect their self-esteem
- Baby teeth guide the eruption of permanent teeth. If they fall out early due to decay, the permanent teeth can erupt in the wrong place.
- Baby teeth allow for proper nutrition by enabling proper chewing.
- Baby teeth can help your child develop proper speech.
- Failure to treat cavities and decay can cause significant pain and possibly lead to the formation of an abscess.
We use three different types of fillings on children.
- Amalgam Fillings
- Strong and durable, made from a variety of metals.
- White Fillings
- Attractive natural-looking finish, making fillings virtually undetectable. Being bonded prevents further decay.
- Sedative Fillings
- Applied directly to the tooth. Reduces the chance of saliva or bacteria leaking into the tooth and irritating the pulp.
Dr. Sean Beattie will discuss all your options with you and help you decide on the best choice for your child.
Even though baby teeth (also known as primary dentition) are indeed temporary. It’s important to realize how essential they are to the eventual incoming permanent teeth. When a baby tooth is extensively decayed, and other types of filling materials are not likely to be successful. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that restoring the tooth with a Stainless Steel Crown may be the best option. After removing all the decay, the dentist will fit the tooth with a pre-fabricated crown.
These Stainless Steel Crowns are durable and inexpensive. They provide full-coverage protection for the tooth and do not generally cause any sensitivity issues. Typically patients need fewer retreatment procedures, and they are generally more successful in children under four years old.
Rest assured it is quite common, ever for young permanent teeth to require this procedure as it can prevent the need for more complex treatment in the future.
What is the Right Restorative Option for My Child?
There are several factors that influence the performance, durability, longevity, and expense of dental restorations. It all depends on how much tooth structure is remaining, where the filling is to be placed, the depth to which to restoration is placed, the chewing load on the tooth, the components to be used for filling material, and the number of visits needed to prepare the restored teeth.
What materials do you use?
At Chestermere Station Pediatric Dentistry, we typically use composite resin fillings as they mimic the appearance of natural teeth.
Another popular restorative option for children is prefabricated crowns using stainless steel. This kind of crown is used to cover a tooth and restore it to its regular shape and size. They can make the tooth stronger and more durable, and they can cover and support a tooth that has had a pulp treatment.
What is the right choice for my child?
The ultimate decision about what is best for your child rests with you in consultation with Dr. Sean Beattie before commencing treatment. Dr. Sean Beattie and his team will be happy to schedule a consultation appointment to answer all your questions.
Call us at (587) 349-5858 to book your
child’s Restoration consultation with us today!