Because the safety of our patients is our #1 concern, we use BPA-free composite fillings. These white fillings are safe for children and aesthetically appealing.

Stainless steel or White Zirconia crowns are sometimes recommended for children following a baby root canal or if a back baby tooth suffers from severe trauma or cavities. Because most baby molars do not fall out until the ages of 10-12, these crowns are recommended when traditional fillings are insufficient to protect the tooth from further damage until it falls out on its own. The differences between stainless steel and white crowns are mostly color preference. The pros and cons of each type of crown will be discussed with you to help you make a good decision for your child.

A cavity involving the nerve, or pulp, of a tooth may cause excruciating pain for your child. Although the pain may be manageable using painkillers such as ibuprofen, it will keep recurring until the underlying problem is resolved. When the nerve of a child’s tooth has been infected, it must be treated to restore health to the child’s mouth.

Pediatric root canal therapy is designed to maintain the integrity of the affected tooth to prevent premature loss. The early loss of posterior (back) teeth can lead to future problems with the placement and eruption of adult teeth. To avoid the difficulties inherent with crooked or impacted adult teeth, proper root canal treatment is needed to avoid the premature loss of primary molars. Dental caries and traumatic injury are the primary reasons for pulp therapy in children. Due to the loss of tooth structure involved in teeth requiring pediatric root canal therapy, full coverage restoration such as a pediatric crown is necessary.

A damaged front tooth sometimes requires a cosmetic filling. Fractured permanent teeth are common injuries in adolescent children and may require a simple bonding procedure similar to a filling. With a bonding procedure, however, there is no decayed matter removed during the process.

Extractions are commonly performed on pediatric patients to address extensively decayed non-restorable teeth or orthodontic problems. To help make the procedure as comfortable as possible for your child, we may recommend the inhalation of nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and a local anesthetic.

This is a conservative treatment to inactivate a cavity. SDF is used to arrest dental caries and reduce tooth sensitivity. It is not definitive treatment; but can buy time until the child is old enough or cooperate enough to undergo treatment, in office, on the affected tooth. Our office uses SFG is select cases in young children with cavities who may not be able to sit in the chair for treatment. Placement of SDF can arrest the cavity and allow time (six months to a year plus) for the the child to be a little older and e able to sit in the chair to repair the tooth. In such a case, a young child can avoid having to go to the hospital and needing treatment under general anesthesia.

In older children SDF is also quite useful and has a multitude of benefits as well.

ICON “No Drill” Treatment for White Spots

White spots on the permanent teeth can be developmental, environmental or can form during orthodontic treatment. The white spots can be removed with a non-invasive surface treatment. The procedure involves minimal etching of the white spots followed by the application of a special resin which infiltrates the microscopic pores of the tooth producing a more uniform color.