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Restorative dentistry in pediatric dentistry typically comprises two procedures: fillings and crowns. Both procedures aim to repair damage to the tooth’s surface, or enamel, and restore the function and esthetics of your child’s teeth.
Tooth sensitivity is the most common early warning sign of enamel loss due to tooth decay. While there could be a number of reasons for this sensation, only your pediatric dentist can diagnose its underlying cause. If a damaged tooth surface is not treated early, your child’s discomfort will increase.
A filling repairs and restores the surface of a tooth that has been damaged by decay, fracture, or wear. A dental filling strengthens the tooth. If tooth decay is not repaired at its early stages, it will worsen and additional or alternative dental treatments may be necessary.
With proper care and routine oral hygiene, a filling has a lifespan of 5-12 years, depending upon the type of filling material used.
A filling prescription is made when:
What to Expect
After a thorough exam of your child’s teeth, gums, and supporting bone structure, your pedantic pediatric dentist will discuss treatment options with you and answer your questions. If the agreed-upon treatment is a dental filling, your pediatric dentist will:
A dental crown restores a tooth’s shape, size, and strength. It fully encases the visible portion of your child’s tooth. Once it is bonded in place, only a dental professional can remove it.
With proper care and good oral hygiene, the life of a crown can range from 5 to 15 years.
A crown may be prescribed by your pediatric dentist to:
1. Stainless Steel
Stainless steel crowns offer strength and endurance. A metal crown may be recommended for back teeth where the forces of biting and chewing are the greatest. A metal crown rarely chips or breaks. In addition, it requires minimal removal of tooth structure.
Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns offer the benefits of a natural surface color that resembles the rest of your child’s teeth and the strength of a metal substructure. While there are several advantages to selecting this type of crown, it requires the removal of more tooth structure than other types of crowns. This means that there is greater potential for patient discomfort during the treatment procedure.
3. Zirconia Ceramic
Zirconia ceramic crowns are attractive, strong, stable, and highly resistant to wear. A zirconia ceramic crown provides the best natural color match to the rest of your child’s teeth and is an excellent choice for front teeth. Additionally, zirconia ceramic crowns will not chip like a porcelain fused to metal crown, nor will they discolor or break down over time.
What to Expect
After a thorough exam of your child’s teeth, gums and supporting bone structure, your pediatric dentist will discuss treatment options with you and answer your questions. If the agreed upon-treatment is a dental crown, your pediatric dentist will: