Restorative Dentist for KidsSuffolk, VA
Restorative treatment for children can help save their teeth and gums. By detecting issues at a young age, we can prevent future tooth decay, oral health conditions, and intrusive treatments. Restoration, including cosmetic treatments, can also improve the appearance of the child’s teeth so they feel more confident and embrace their smile.
We understand that many kids are afraid of visiting the dentist, especially if they are undergoing treatment. Our team works primarily with children, utilizing the right methods and strategies to build rapport with each of our patients on an individual basis. This way, we can help them feel at ease and understand how the procedure will benefit their oral health . We involve parents every step of the way, from the consultation to the end of treatment, so you know what the treatment will entail, how long it will take, and how to care for their teeth post-treatment.
To find out more about the restorative treatments we offer or schedule an appointment, call us at (757) 767-2767.
What is Restorative Dentistry?
Restorative dentistry is the prevention and treatment of oral diseases in order to restore or bring teeth back to good health. Restorative dentistry also includes the repair or replacement of damaged or defective teeth. In young children, restorative dentistry is less invasive and utilizes treatments that do not affect their growing adult teeth. The overall goal of restoration is to return the tooth to its original shape and function so that a child can eat, speak, and drink normally without pain until their permanent teeth come in.
During the initial consultation, we will examine the patient and curate an individualized treatment plan to target the key issues. Our team is able to determine underlying dental problems that may affect teeth in the future and help combat them early on.
Benefits of Restoration
Early restorative treatment has seen the most profound results in the reduction of cavities and caries. According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, “the benefits of restorative therapy include: removing cavitations or defects to eliminate areas that are susceptible to caries; stopping the progression of tooth demineralization; restoring the integrity of tooth structure; preventing the spread of infection into the dental pulp; and preventing the shifting of teeth due to loss of tooth structure.” Restoration of cavities and caries treat problems at their root and can indicate further issues hidden within the teeth and gums.
Treatments that use composite fillings, and crowns, have been successful in treating baby teeth. Composite crowns had good performance in contour and adjacent contact and improved aesthetics significantly. They can provide more durability to the tooth.
How Treatments are Performed
On the first visit, we examine the child’s teeth, take X-rays, and do a thorough cleaning using a specialized tool and paste that removes plaque. These checkups and cleanings are essential for all children every six months but may be needed more frequently, depending on the child’s oral health. The X-rays are ready immediately, so the dentist will be able to assess the treatment(s) needed and will explain the treatment plan step by step.
Restoration treatments for kids include tooth-colored fillings and crowns, and baby root canals. We use laser dentistry on request as an added option allowing for quicker, more effective treatments, especially with intensive procedures such as pulpotomies and simple surgeries. We implement advanced behavioral techniques to ease the child and limit their movement, allowing the child to relax and experience painless dental treatment.
Be proactive in restoring your child’s teeth. We at Fun Park Pediatric Dentistry look forward to meeting and treating your little one. Call us now at (757) 767-2767to learn more and schedule an appointment.
Frequently Asked Questions About Restorative Dentistry for Kids
Are restorations painful?
Restorative treatment are not painful, there may be the lingering numbness if local anesthesia is used, but this numbness can be avoided if the restoration is completed with hard tissue laser
At what age can dental restorations start?
A baby’s first dental visit should be any time between six months and one year to check for any preliminary dental issues and have their first cleaning. During the first visit, we can often predict dental problems that may arise due to the positioning of the teeth or cavities that may be arising. In most cases, dental restoration treatments begin from three to six years old on a case-by-case basis.
Why is it important to care for baby teeth if they are going to fall out?
Baby teeth allow your child to speak and eat properly, and they also save space for their permanent teeth to grow into later. Losing teeth too early due to cavities or decay can also cause the baby teeth to shift, preventing permanent teeth from growing into their proper location. If your child experiences dental problems in childhood, this can affect the health of their permanent teeth.
How can I prevent tooth decay in my child’s teeth?
The most effective way to prevent tooth decay, dental cavities, and other dental health problems is to teach your children about and help them practice good oral hygiene habits. Your child should be brushing his or her teeth at least twice a day and flossing at least once a day. You can begin to use a grain of rice-size amount of fluoride toothpaste as soon as the first tooth erupts. Lastly, make sure your child is eating a balanced diet and visiting their pediatric dentist every six months for a dental cleaning and checkup.
What should I do when my child first experiences a toothache with baby teeth?
First, rinse the irritated area with warm salt water and place a cold compress on the face if it is swollen. Avoid any heat or hot water. Give the child acetaminophen (e.g., Children's Tylenol) for any pain; do not place aspirin on the teeth or gums. Come in to see us as soon as possible to treat the tooth and surrounding area.
How do dental sealants work?
Dental sealants work by filling in the crevices on the chewing surfaces of the teeth. This shuts out food particles that could get caught in the teeth, causing cavities. The application is quick, comfortable, and effective in protecting teeth for many years.
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