At SRD on 5th, we understand the huge role parents play in keeping their children's teeth healthy. Read on to learn about the restorative treatments we offer.
What Is Restorative Dentistry?
Restorative dentistry refers to the methods and techniques employed by dental experts to treat and prevent tooth diseases. The term also extends to the repair and replacement of damaged teeth. Examples of restorative procedures we offer include space maintainers, stainless steel crowns, fillings, pulpotomies, and extractions. We will now give a brief overview of each.
Space maintainers are used to save space for a permanent tooth to come in when a baby tooth comes out early or doesn't come in at all. If we don't preserve a space for the adult tooth, the teeth on either side can shift and prevent it from coming in. Space maintainers also prevent crowding, which is often hard to treat. Space maintainers are made of stainless steel and resemble a silver ring and loop in appearance. They are temporary and are removed when the new tooth erupts or if the surrounding teeth become loose.
Stainless Steel Crowns
Baby teeth molars may need stainless-steel crowns if they don't form correctly, if they become decayed or fractured, if the patient undergoes a pulpotomy, or if a wide cavity damages a tooth to the extent that we must cover it to save it. We first numb the area, grind down the tooth with a drill, then fit the crown over the remaining tooth with a special glue. The crown will protect the baby tooth until it falls out.
We use both amalgam (or silver) fillings and composite (or white) fillings to fill teeth that are drilled out to remove cavities or decay. Fillings are typically used on teeth with cavities that aren't very deep. The process has Dr. Victoria or Dr. Rodriguez remove the decayed part of the tooth with a drill, clean the tooth, then add the filling material.
A pulpotomy is a nerve treatment that we undertake when a tooth suffers from severe decay, when an infected tooth becomes painful, or when the decay approaches the tooth's pulp (tissue containing nerves). We use a special drill to clean out the cavity and nerve, sterilize the pulp, then put a medicine over the empty space to control the bleeding. After that, we may remove the nerve or part of it, then place a stainless-steel crown over the remaining part of the tooth.
There are several situations where we would need to pull a child's tooth. For example, we pull a tooth that has a very large cavity or an infection at an advanced stage. A child that has spacing issues such as crowding or who needs space for braces may also need an extraction. This procedure only takes about 20 minutes and includes some restrictions when your child leaves the office, which we'll explain to you.
The method used will depend on your child's dental health and needs. Dr. Victoria or Dr. Rodriguez will work with you to determine what the best option is for your child. Raise any questions or concerns you may have during the consultation.
For more information, please contact our office at 256-712-4080, or schedule an appointment today!