Restorative Dentistry for Children
Dental Buddies of Vero Beach provides restorative dental services in Vero Beach, FL. Call 772-226-6888 to learn more and schedule your appointment.
When a tooth is decayed or damaged, we use restorative dental treatments to restore its strength, function, and appearance. Our approach to restorative dentistry is to save as much of the healthy tooth structure as possible in order to provide the best outcomes for our patients. Our restorative dental services include:
Composite (White) Fillings
Many parents have concerns about the mercury in traditional silver fillings, but our practice uses safe composite fillings instead. Not only are these fillings free of mercury, they also blend in with the rest of your child’s smile for a restoration that looks natural. Composite fillings are completed in a single visit to our office. Areas of decay are removed, then composite material is applied to strengthen the remaining tooth structure.
Pulp Treatment (Pulpotomy/Pulpectomy/Baby Root Canal)
When the inner chamber or pulp of a primary tooth becomes infected or damaged, we perform a pulp treatment in order to save the tooth from extraction. The pulp is removed, the chamber is disinfected, and then a material called gutta percha is used to fill and seal the chamber to prevent future infection.
When a tooth has more decay or damage than can be repaired with a dental filling, we use dental crowns instead. The damaged or decayed tooth structure is removed, then a crown covers the remaining tooth to restore function and strength. Depending on your child’s needs and preferences, dental crowns can be made with stainless steel, composite materials, polycarbonate, resin, porcelain, or zirconia.
If a tooth cannot be saved with restorative dentistry, we often need to extract it in order to restore overall oral health. Extractions are a simple in-office procedure that involves numbing the tooth and surrounding tissue, using an instrument called an elevator to loosen the tooth from the jaw, and then gently removing it with forceps.
Teeth whitening for children is usually performed once all of the adult teeth have erupted and any orthodontic treatment is completed. Some of the most common reasons that teens need teeth whitening are because of braces, poor dental hygiene, or certain medications that can cause yellowing and staining in children’s teeth.