Restorative Dentistry in Fairfield, Norwalk & Monroe CT
While our office emphasizes prevention first and foremost, sometimes restorative dentistry intervention is necessary to preserve the rest of your child’s smile! Diseased teeth should be treated promptly in order to prevent them from infecting other teeth, or becoming so decayed that they require extraction. Extraction is a last resort, and leads to new problems, like the need to replace the tooth! Keep your child’s checkups regular and monitor their home dental care habits and diet daily to prevent the need for restorative care.
Zirconia Dental Crowns
At Kids First, we use zirconia crowns because they last longer than other dental crown materials, while enhancing your child’s smile and dental health. Dental crowns for your child’s baby teeth are tooth-shaped coverings cemented to the tooth in order to restore the tooth to its original shape and function. Your child’s doctor may recommend a crown for your child if his or her tooth has a large cavity, was broken or chipped due to trauma, or if the tooth hasn’t developed correctly.
Baby teeth just aren’t as strong as adult teeth, so if your child’s tooth gets a large cavity, the bacteria can damage the pulp inside the tooth, causing pain and inflammation. When the soft tissue inside the pulp chamber of your child’s tooth becomes infected or inflamed, your child’s dentist at Kids First might recommend a pulpotomy. Instead of removing the entire tooth, our doctors will put a medicated filling into the pulp chamber to try to keep the remaining pulp inside the tooth alive and healthy.
Tooth Colored Fillings
Treatment for cavities in children depends on how severe the decay, as well as each child’s age and risk of future cavities.
At Kids First, we rarely resort to filling your child’s tooth. However, sometimes it is the best way to treat your child’s dental decay. We most commonly use tooth-colored fillings, which are both ergonomic and aesthetic.
The procedure involves removing the decay, and replacing it with a filling matched to your child’s tooth color. This effectively restores the functionality and appearance of the tooth.
Our office believes with cleanings and early diagnosis we can offer patients less invasive procedures, often recommending preventative dentistry services first.