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Pediatric Restorative Dentistry

Navigating the Challenges of Kids' Restorative Dentistry: A Parent's Guide to Overcoming Fear, Managing Costs, and Ensuring Long-Term Care

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Restorative Dental Care For Kids

Managing your child’s dental health can be overwhelming. Juggling appointments and anxieties brings emotional and financial stress. Kids’ restorative dentistry goes beyond fixing teeth; it involves navigating fear, understanding, and costs that affect the entire family.

What exactly does restorative dentistry for kids involve? Essentially, it focuses on repairing and improving your child’s dental health, addressing everything from cavities to broken teeth.

Dr. Susan specializes in these pediatric procedures, providing a compassionate and expert approach to help your child achieve a healthy smile while ensuring their comfort and reducing anxiety throughout the process.

What Is Restorative Dentistry?

Pediatric restorative dentistry repairs and restores children’s oral health. It tackles issues from cavities to damaged teeth, aiming to support a child’s development and comfort. Treatment include:

  • Dental Fillings: Used to repair cavities and prevent further decay.
  • Crowns: Placed over a tooth to restore its shape, size, and function.
  • Tooth Extractions: Necessary when a tooth is too damaged to save.
  • Baby Root Canal: This treats the dental pulp following infection or trauma.

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Tooth-Colored Fillings

Tooth-colored fillings are a great choice for fixing cavities in a way that looks natural. They are made to match the color of your child’s teeth, so they blend in and aren’t noticeable. This means your child can smile and talk without metal fillings showing.

These fillings not only fix the cavities but also help keep your child’s smile looking nice and natural. They’re perfect for teeth that others can see, keeping your child’s confidence up while protecting their teeth.

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Metal-Free Crowns

Metal-free dental crowns are perfect for children who need to repair their teeth without the look of metal. These crowns are made from materials that closely match the natural color of teeth, making them virtually invisible. They are strong and durable, ideal for restoring a tooth’s shape and function after decay or damage.

Because they blend in so well, metal-free crowns help maintain the natural beauty of your child’s smile, ensuring they can laugh and talk without feeling self-conscious. These crowns are a reliable and aesthetic choice for keeping young smiles healthy and confident.

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Baby Root Canal’s

Pulpotomies are a common procedure for children to save and repair a tooth that has been damaged by decay or injury, especially when the damage reaches the tooth’s pulp. This treatment involves removing the diseased pulp from the crown portion of the tooth, leaving the root intact.

It’s often referred to as a “baby root canal” because it’s similar to adult root canal therapy but less invasive. After the pulpotomy, the tooth is sealed and typically covered with a crown to protect it and restore its function. This procedure helps preserve the tooth and prevent the need for extraction, maintaining a healthy smile for your child.

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Tooth Extractions

Tooth extractions are sometimes essential for maintaining a child’s oral health. This procedure, performed with gentle care, removes a tooth that is too decayed or damaged to save. It prevents further oral health complications and helps make space for growing permanent teeth.

After removing a tooth, dentists provide guidance to ensure smooth healing and manage discomfort. Although it’s a significant step, an extraction is crucial for preserving the health of your child’s mouth and ensuring a stronger dental future.

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Sedation Dentistry

Our office offers three child-friendly sedation methods:

  • Laughing Gas: Quickly calms children; effects wear off fast, avoiding grogginess.
  • General Anesthesia: For severe anxiety or complex procedures; ensures a pain-free experience.
  • The Wand® Anesthetic: Numbs without traditional syringes, preventing the prolonged numb feeling kids often dislike.

These options ensure dental visits are stress-free and comfortable, catering to various needs and concerns.

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Healthy Kids

Most dentists focuses on bright smiles and straight teeth, Dr. Susan specializes on your child’s overall health and wellbeing. We make sure you feel cozy and worry-free! Here’s our process:

Take advantage of our free consultation and stop dreading sleepless nights. Help your kids live with a beautiful smile and a restful sleep.

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Evergreen Pediatric & Airway Dentistry

Our dental office is conveniently located on Totem Lake Blvd in Kirkland. Get directions to our office or book an appointment today!

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Phone:

425-814-3196

Address:

12910 Totem Lake Blvd NE #103,
Kirkland, WA 98034

Email:

[email protected]

Practice Hours

Monday: 7:30am-4:00pm
Tuesday: 7:30am-4:00pm
Wednesday: 7:30am-4:00pm
Thursday: 7:30am-4:00pm
Friday: Closed
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

Common Questions About Pediatric Restorative Dentistry

Why might my child need restorative dentistry?

Almost 14% of kids ages 2-8 have untreated cavities in baby teeth. Children may need restorative treatments due to cavities, tooth decay, fractures, or developmental dental abnormalities.

How do you manage pain and anxiety during dental procedures?

We use various sedation options like laughing gas, general anesthesia, and The Wand® anesthetic to ensure comfort and minimize anxiety during dental procedures.

What is a pediatric dental crown?

A pediatric crown is used to cover a tooth that’s been damaged by decay or injury. It restores the tooth’s shape, size, and function while protecting it from further damage.

What should we expect after a tooth extraction?

Post-extraction, some swelling and discomfort are normal. We provide aftercare instructions to manage pain and promote healing, and recommend soft foods for a few days.

How long do restorative treatments last?

The longevity of treatments like fillings and crowns depends on the material used and your child’s oral hygiene practices. Regular dental check-ups are crucial for maintaining them.

Can restorative dentistry help with crooked teeth?

While primarily focused on repair and restoration, some procedures like space maintainers can assist in proper alignment by preserving space for permanent teeth.