Restorative Dentistry
in Modesto

Why might my child need a restorative dental treatment?

When preventive care is not enough, restorative dental treatments can bring your child’s smile back to exceptional oral health. From repairing cavities with simple fillings to gentle extraction of problem teeth, restorative treatment can help your child’s smile stay healthy. Contact First Smiles Children's Dentistry for an appointment in Modesto today!

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Did you know…

Children have a set of 20 baby teeth. Adults have 32.

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What to expect at your child’s restorative dental appointment

Comprehensive Exam

First, our dentist will need to perform a comprehensive visual exam. X-rays will be taken and used to assess your child’s oral health and determine the extent of the issue.

Recommended Treatment Plan

Once an accurate diagnosis is made, our dentist will recommend a treatment plan to address the issues.

Alternative Options

Our dentist may provide a few options for treatment, discuss the pros and cons of each, and explain their top choice to resolve the issue.

Sedation Options

The doctor will discuss sedation options for your child if they feel sedation is necessary, or if it will make the child more comfortable during their treatment. These treatments can help your child feel a lot less nervous and anxious about their appointment, and get the restorative care they need.

Scheduling & Follow Up

After you and the dentist have decided on the right treatment for your child, you’ll schedule a follow-up. In some cases, treatment may begin immediately, but you’ll usually have to schedule a separate appointment for restorative care unless your child has a serious dental emergency.

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Restorative Treatment Options for Children

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Composite Dental Fillings

Composite fillings are made of a dental resin and are matched to the color of your child’s tooth. Unlike metal fillings, they do not contain any mercury. In addition, composite fillings require the removal of less enamel during tooth preparation and have a very tight hold, so they help keep your child’s tooth healthy and strong.

Stainless steal Pediatric Dental Crowns

Pediatric stainless steal dental crowns are typically recommended for kids who have large cavities, or who have a tooth that has been damaged or broken by dental trauma. Our dentist will clean and prepare their tooth, and then choose a pre-fitted dental crown that can be placed directly over the damaged tooth structure to cover and protect it, restoring your child’s smile and bite.

EZCrowns: White zirconia Pediatric Crowns

Pediatric dental crowns have historically been limited to stainless steal, leaving your child with silver teeth that may make them feel self-conscious about their smiles.

EZ Crowns offer the same protection as stainless steal crowns, but they are white, matching the color of your child's natural teeth. Similarly to traditional stainless steal, these white crowns help seal a tooth after it has been damaged or broken. This option just leaves little patients with a seamless, confident smile.

After our dentists determine which option is best for your child, they will proceed in the same way, cleaning and preparing the tooth, and then choosing a pre-fitted dental crown to be placed directly over the damaged tooth structure to cover and protect it.

Pulpotomies

Also called a “baby root canal,” this treatment is used to restore infected baby teeth. Your child’s dentist will clean the tooth, create an opening in the tooth structure, and extract decayed pulp from the inside of the tooth. Next, a healing dressing is applied, and the tooth is cleaned and sealed with a crown or filling. The dressing helps the remaining tooth pulp heal, ensuring your child’s baby tooth can recover from infection.

Extractions

Extractions are typically a last-resort option for pediatric dentists. But occasionally, a tooth may simply be too damaged to save, and extraction may be the best way for your child to get relief from pain and discomfort. Using special tools and sedation, your child’s dentist can extract troublesome teeth quickly and without pain or discomfort.

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Did you know…

Tooth enamel is the hardest structure in the human body; even harder than the femur bone!

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Have questions about restorative dentistry for children? Get the answers.

What are common dental issues in children that restorative dentistry can solve?

Restorative dentistry is used to treat damaged or decayed teeth. This includes cavities and infections, as well as teeth that have been chipped, broken, loosened, or knocked-out prematurely due to oral trauma. Restorative treatments can also help prevent oral development issues after tooth loss, and resolve other oral health problems like tongue and lip ties.

Why restore baby teeth?

Baby teeth are essential to your child’s ability to eat and chew properly as they grow up. And, even though they do fall out naturally as your child ages, premature baby tooth loss can cause oral development issues. This is because your child’s adult teeth follow the “paths” provided by their baby teeth when they begin to erupt. If your child loses one or more baby teeth too early, their permanent teeth may not emerge properly, leading to developmental issues that may require orthodontic intervention in the future.

What can you do about my child’s dental anxiety?

Our dentist is an expert in working with kids of all ages, and use a patient, kind, and informative approach to children’s dentistry that will help keep your child feeling safe and calm throughout their appointments. Beyond this, we also offer a variety of sedation methods that can help your child feel more comfortable during their treatment.

Is my child’s restorative dentistry covered by my insurance?

In most cases, dental treatments for children are covered by dental insurance. However, each plan will vary, having different coverage, deductibles and yearly maximums. Our friendly front office team members will gladly help you with any insurance questions. We also offer an alternative to dental insurance — ask us about our Dental Membership Plan.

Did you know…

Most baby or primary teeth will have fallen out by the age of 12.

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