It’s always best to prevent oral health issues when possible, but there may be cases when your child has an oral injury, deep cavity, or another issue that requires restorative care. At Treehouse Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, Dr. Nasem has years of experience providing gentle, successful restorative care for children of all ages. Contact us today to schedule a consultation for your little one!
Tooth-colored dental fillings are the best way to restore the function and aesthetics of your child’s teeth if they have one or more cavities. Composite fillings are made of dental resin that will match the color of your child’s tooth perfectly. We use high quality material to repair damaged teeth to ensure that your child receives nothing but the best care when it comes to repairing cavities.
Stainless steel crowns are often used to repair baby teeth on teeth that have large cavities or cavities on multiple surfaces of the tooth. They are very strong and durable, made of surgical grade stainless steel, and will ensure that your child’s tooth is protected from further harm until the child looses that tooth.
The process of placing a stainless steel crown is also fast and minimally-invasive, ensuring your child’s comfort throughout the entire procedure. If you believe that your child has a cavity, come in today to discuss your options and see if a stainless steel crown is the right solution for your little one!
If your child’s tooth has large, deep cavity, it may need a pulpotomy. A pulpotomy is sometimes called a “baby root canal.” The procedure consists of opening up your child’s tooth, removing the decayed nerve, and laying down a special covering that helps restore and protect the tooth’s pulp. After treatment, your child’s tooth will be restored and healthy.
SDF (Silver Diamine Fluoride) is a clear liquid that can be painted onto your child’s tooth to help halt the progression of a cavity. SDF is a viable alternative to a filling or crown in an uncooperative or fearful child. It is not used as a final restoration but can be a great tool to help allow the child to gain trust with Dr. Nasem so in the future a final restoration can be accomplished.
If your child loses a tooth prematurely from either trauma or cavities, a space maintainer is the best way to hold the space until their permanent tooth erupts. Each baby tooth has an adult tooth forming underneath it, loosing this baby tooth prematurely can cause the teeth on either side of the gap to move and drift, eventually blocking out the adult tooth from being able to erupt. A space maintainer keeps the proper space between each of your child’s teeth after premature tooth loss.
At Treehouse Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, Dr. Nasem will always do her best to save your child’s tooth. However, in some cases, extraction may be a preferable alternative. Extractions may be required if your child has a tooth that is too damaged to save. For example, if an untreated cavity causes a tooth infection and root canal therapy can’t be used, the tooth may need to be removed. It’s also sometimes used for teeth that have been damaged by oral trauma, such as a slip and fall or a very hard hit in a contact sport.
With Dr. Nasem's care and our sedation options, your child's extraction will be simple and pain-free. Recovery usually only takes about 3-7 days, and your child should feel completely normal after 2 weeks. For the first day or so after treatment, your child will need to take steps to avoid dislodging their blood clot, such as avoiding forceful spitting or drinking through a straw. They will also need to eat a diet of soft foods. Dr. Nasem will provide you with a comprehensive set of recovery instructions that you and your child should follow to ensure proper healing.
At Treehouse Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, our goal is to make all of our pediatric patients feel safe, calm, and comfortable. To ensure this during treatment visits, we offer a wide variety of sedation options including minimally invasive inhalation sedation with laughing gas, in-office IV sedation, and general anesthesia at both a surgical center and the children's' hospital. No matter your child's needs, they are in good hands with Dr. Nasem.