RESTORATIVE DENTISTRY

The primary goal of restorative dentistry is to restore damaged or defective teeth through means of prevention and treatment.  Restorative dentistry also includes repairing and replacing of teeth.  Procedures and treatment include (but are not limited to):

  • Composite (White) Fillings
  • Extractions
  • Stainless Steel Crowns
  • Anterior Strip Crowns
  • Pulpotomy (pediatric nerve treatment)

COMPOSITE (WHITE) FILLINGS

A composite (tooth colored) filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures, etc.  The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed and then filled with a composite filling.

There are many types of filling materials available, each with their own advantages and disadvantages.  You and your dentist can discuss the best options for restoring your teeth.  Composite fillings, along with silver amalgam fillings, are the most widely used today.  Because composite fillings are tooth colored, they can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth, and are more aesthetically suited for use in front teeth or more visible areas of the mouth.

As with most dental restorations, composite fillings are not permanent and may someday have to be replaced.  They are very durable and will last many years, giving you a long lasting, beautiful smile.

EXTRACTIONS

At New Leaf Pediatric Dentistry, we will always try to preserve your child’s natural teeth but in some cases, an extraction may be needed if your child has a severe infection or a very large cavity.  Extractions may also be needed due to spacing problems, such as crowding, or if space is required for orthodontic treatment such as braces.  We strive to always provide extra care so extractions are done gently and safely.  With the use of the latest dental technologies and techniques, an extraction can be performed quickly for your child.

STAINLESS STEEL CROWNS

Stainless steel crowns are a great option to restore a child’s damaged teeth because they are strong, durable and reliable.  They are often used when a cavity has damaged the tooth structure to the point a filling cannot be used to repair the tooth.   Stainless steel crowns are often used on molars and premolars.  They completely cover the teeth and work to restore it to its original shape and size.

ANTERIOR STRIP CROWNS

Anterior strip crowns are a popular way to restore the upper and lower front teeth without unsightly metal crowns.   With the use of a white or tooth colored filling material (composite resin), we are able to repair and protect a child’s smile.   Please contact us to learn more about anterior strip crowns and how they can protect your child’s beautiful smile.

PULPOTOMY (PEDIATRIC NERVE TREATMENT)

The “pulp” of a tooth cannot be seen with the naked eye.  Pulp is found at the center of each tooth, and is comprised of nerves, tissue, and many blood vessels, which work to channel vital nutrients and oxygen.  There are several ways in which pulp can be damaged.  Most commonly in children, tooth decay or traumatic injury lead to painful pulp exposure and inflammation.

The primary goal of pulpotomy or pediatric nerve treatment is to treat, restore, and save the affected tooth.

Pediatric dentists perform pulpotomy on both primary (baby) teeth and permanent teeth.  Though primary teeth are eventually shed, they are needed for speech production, proper chewing, and to guide the proper alignment and spacing of permanent teeth.

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