Restorative Pediatric Dentistry in Chapel Hill, NC
At Southern Village Pediatric Dentistry, we’re all about staying educated and active when it comes to dental care and we like to focus on preventative pediatric dentistry as it is the best way to keep your child’s smile sparkling. However, sometimes life happens: tooth decay can occur in spite of good oral habits, or through playing or roughhousing teeth get broken or knocked out. Restorative dentistry restores your child’s dental health from diseases and outside influences that have caused damage to your child’s teeth.
Dental care can be upsetting or frightening for kids even under the best circumstances, but needing restorative dentistry can make things even worse. Southern Village Pediatric Dentistry understands how hard it can be for a child to visit the dentist for restorative procedures and so we take every step we can to help your child feel relaxed and comfortable, and leave excited about good oral hygiene!
Sometimes decay and cavities can occur even when your child has good dental habits. Such problems will be identified when your child comes in for a checkup.
For small cavities, especially on primary (baby) teeth, we use the Waterlase laser to remove the decay WITHOUT AN INJECTION (NO SHOT). For larger cavities, we will numb the area using local anesthesia and then remove the decay. Once the tooth is clean, we will fill the tooth with a tooth-colored composite material.
Crowns are used in cases where a cavity has affected so much tooth structure that filling material cannot be used to repair the tooth. We offer several types of crowns depending on the location of the cavity. For the front teeth, we have white crowns. For the back teeth, we offer both stainless steel crowns and white crowns.
Very large cavities can result in toothaches and nerve irritation or infection. If a cavity has affected the nerve, we will clean out the infected part of the nerve, place an antibacterial medicine on the remaining nerve structure and finally place a protective filling over the nerve. Once a tooth has had nerve treatment it is weakened and must have a crown placed over it for protection.
Contact us to restore your child’s smile today!
Your child’s smile will always be beautiful, but sometimes it needs a little more help to sparkle!
Contact Southern Village Pediatric Dentistry today to discuss your child’s restorative dentistry needs
by calling us at (919) 967-2773 or request an appointment.