Restorative Dentistry in Decatur IL
With any dental procedure at our pediatric dental office, your child’s comfort and health are our priority. Proper dental hygiene, including regularly brushing twice daily and flossing daily, can drastically reduce the chance of decay (cavities) in your child’s mouth.
We know that sometimes brushing and flossing just aren’t enough, and despite our best efforts cavities and other issues can still develop. When that happens, restorative dentistry may be necessary. At Jerger Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Bret and our staff are here to help your child have the healthiest smile possible!
What Is Restorative Dentistry?
If your child’s tooth has decay on it, it can affect their entire mouth. The damaged teeth can change size and shape, crack, and cause your child pain. This can cause a rippling effect of changes in their bites, teeth placement, and the way that their mouths develop.
With each procedure, the decay is removed from the affected tooth and a filling or other restoration is used to restore the tooth to the way it is supposed to be in order for the mouth to develop normally.
Who Benefits from Restorative Dentistry?
Any child with a cavity or dental trauma caused by sports injuries (or just plain being a kid) can benefit from restorative dentistry. Dr. Bret and our team want your child to have happy and healthy smiles from the time that their first tooth erupts through adulthood, and sometimes in order to keep that smile looking its best, restorative dentistry is required.
What Are the Different Types of Restoration?
We offer several different types of restorative dentistry at Jerger Pediatric Dentistry, including:
White Fillings – If your child has a small amount of decay on one of their teeth, a tooth-colored filling made out of composite resin can be used to protect their tooth from further damage. The decay is first removed and then the filling is placed into the cavity, where it bonds with the structure of the tooth for a secure hold.
Porcelain Crowns – If there is a large amount of decay or the tooth has broken, it may be necessary to place a porcelain crown over the damaged tooth. Crowns fit over the entire tooth and are used to restore the shape and size of your child’s tooth to allow for proper bite. As with fillings, the decay and damaged portion of the tooth is first removed and the crown is then placed directly over the tooth, protecting it from further damage. Each porcelain crown is custom made to fit your child’s mouth.
Pulpotomy – A deep cavity or an infection inside the tooth may require a pulpotomy, which is often referred to as a “baby root canal.” The decay is removed, along with any affected nerve endings and then the tooth is capped with a porcelain crown. While this is usually a last resort, it can be necessary if the amount of decay is large and your child is in pain.
Call to Make an Appointment Today!
If you think that your child may have a cavity or you have any questions about our restorative dental procedures, please give our Decatur pediatric dental office a call. We can be reached at (217) 875-3080.