Tooth-colored fillings are used primarily to restore small to moderate-sized cavities. They bond to tooth structure and are more aesthetically pleasing than traditional fillings.
Crowns are used to restore primary molars when there is not enough tooth structure to hold a filling. They are mostly used on severely decayed teeth, after pulp therapy, and for children with a history of grinding or bruxism habit. If you would like to see a video of this procedure, please ask your dental assistant at the time of your child’s appointment.
X-rays show us the condition of your teeth, their roots, jaw placement, and the overall composition and health of your facial bones. They reveal abscesses and abnormal growths such as cysts or tumors and help us locate impacted teeth as well as pinpoint the location of cavities and determine the presence and extent of periodontal disease.
Occasionally, patients raise concerns over the safety of x-rays. At Dentistry for Kids, we understand that concern and are happy to announce that we utilize the latest in digital x-ray technology. Digital radiographs emit an extremely low-level radiation, very similar to the normal background radiation we all get from the sun, the earth’s crust, even the air we breathe!
While digital x-rays still require a patient to “pose” for a picture, the process and result are dramatically different. Instead of film, a highly sensitive electronic receptor is inserted into your child’s mouth. An electronic image is captured instantaneously and stored on a computer’s database. These digital x-rays give us a clear, high-resolution view of teeth, bone, root and tissue, all while using up to 90% less radiation than traditional x-rays.
This new technology is just one more tool we can use to provide you with the best and most efficient dental care possible.
The removal of a tooth when the tooth is unrestorable by either severe caries or infection. Teeth may also be removed at the request of an orthodontist before starting braces.
Indications for dental whitening for individual permanent teeth may include discoloration resulting from a traumatic injury or discoloration due to diet. We recommend this procedure to patients who have all their permanent teeth along with good oral hygiene. Please ask your dentist about whether or not your child is a candidate for home whitening.
Pulp therapy removes infected nerve tissue and maintains the vitality of the root tissue. Pulpotomies are used to preserve the jaw space and to allow the preservation of primary teeth. The tooth is medicated and completely covered with a crown.
What are sealants?
Tooth sealants are a plastic which a dentist bonds into the grooves of the chewing surface of a tooth as a means of preventing the development of decay.
How do sealants work?
In many cases, it is nearly impossible for children to clean the tiny grooves between their teeth. When a sealant is applied, the surface of the tooth is somewhat flatter and smoother. Since plaque can be removed more easily and effectively, decay is much less likely to develop.
How long do tooth sealants last?
The longevity of sealants can vary. Sealants which have remained in place for three to five years are considered successful, however, sealants can last much longer. It is not uncommon to see sealants placed during childhood still intact into the adult years. Our team will check your child’s sealants during routine dental visits and will recommend repair or reapplication when necessary.
Which teeth should be sealed?
Any tooth with characteristics which a sealant can correct should be sealed. The most common teeth for a dentist to seal are a child’s back teeth, and of these teeth, the molars. The recommendation for sealants should be considered on a case by case basis.
What is the procedure for placing sealants?
Generally, the procedure takes just one visit. Placing dental sealants can be a very easy process. The tooth is cleaned, conditioned and dried. Then, the sealant is applied to the grooves of the teeth and then hardened with a blue light. The sealant is then buffed down. Your child may resume all regular eating and drinking immediately after application.
How important are brushing and flossing after a sealant has been applied?
Brushing and flossing are just as important after sealants have been applied. Sealants are only one aspect of preventing tooth decay.
Are sealants expensive?
This treatment is quite affordable, especially considering the value of preventing decay. Most dental insurance cover sealants. Check with your insurance company about your child’s coverage.