Restorative dental care is often necessary to repair dental decay, replace lost tooth structure, or to protect natural teeth. Our team at Georgia Orthodontics & Children’s Dentistry in Lawrenceville offers cutting-edge technology and methods for pediatric restorative dental treatments. We ensure your child is relaxed and comfortable when they receive dental restorative care, including offering laughing gas and other safe sedation options.
Once tooth decay is removed or a tooth is damaged, a dental filling can be used to replace lost tooth structure. Our pediatric dentist will remove cavities and repair damaged teeth, using dental fillings that are durable and aesthetically-pleasing. We offer white, tooth-colored dental fillings that can restore a weakened tooth to prevent further damage.
Natural Tooth-Colored Fillings
Amalgam, or metal fillings, are no longer necessary for dental restorations. Composite resin is a natural, tooth-colored filling material that is safe and effective for filling cavities or repairing damaged teeth. The tooth-colored filling is color-matched to your child’s teeth, without changing the color of their smile. Plus, composite resin is mercury-free and provides an aesthetically pleasing, conservative option for filling or repairing teeth.
Of course, the best way to keep your child’s smile white is with preventive dental care to prevent decay and cavities in the first place. Daily home oral care and routine checkups and cleanings are the best defense against cavities and the need for dental fillings. Even though composite resin fillings are durable, they will not last forever. Maintaining your child’s natural teeth is always the best option.
When extensive damage or large dental cavities occur in a tooth, the structure is weakened. A dental crown is the best option to protect a tooth that has had multiple fillings or large decay. Georgia Orthodontics & Children’s Dentistry in Lawrenceville offers dental crowns for primary and permanent teeth, with tooth-colored and durable options. Even primary teeth that will eventually fall out are worth protecting with a dental crown to keep the smile intact for speech, appearance and oral health.
White and Silver Crowns
Dental crowns are formed to fit the tooth and can be made from metal, porcelain or ceramics, coming in different colors. While metal crowns can be durable, other materials can be more aesthetically appealing. Georgia Orthodontics & Children’s Dentistry in Lawrenceville offers both white and silver crowns for tooth restorations for our young patients. In most cases, white or tooth-colored dental crowns are best for the front or visible teeth. For molars, it can depend on whether the tooth is primary or permanent and which material is best for durability and appearance. Dr. Chong and our pediatric dental team can help you choose the best crown option for your child’s tooth restoration.
Whenever possible, our pediatric dentists want to preserve natural teeth for our young patients, even baby teeth. However, there are circumstances when an extraction or removal of a tooth may be the best option. If your child needs a tooth extraction, we provide a comfortable, safe environment for the procedure. We offer sedation options that can help them stay calm and relaxed. If your child is nervous or worried about the procedure, we have options, including nitrous oxide or laughing gas. If your child may need an extraction, contact our office to discuss the options available.
When a primary tooth is extracted early before the permanent tooth is ready to emerge, it can cause issues in the tooth’s alignment and growth pattern. Our pediatric dentist can protect the alignment of teeth with the use of space maintainers for children that prematurely lose a primary tooth. By implementing a space maintainer, the space for the permanent tooth is reserved. This can prevent shifting and guide the permanent teeth into the desired position for proper alignment. If used proactively, space maintainers may prevent orthodontic issues caused by extracted or lost baby teeth.
To learn more about our pediatric restorative dental care at Georgia Orthodontics & Children’s Dentistry in Lawrenceville, contact our office. We accept most insurance plans and offer payment options to fit your family’s budget.