Restorative Care

Restorative Care At some point in your child's life it's likely that he or she will need minor dental procedure. Even with the best preventative measures, tooth decay still has a chance to occur and accidental injuries are always a possibility. At Smile Zone we can perform any restorative procedure to keep your child's teeth, mouth, and smile healthy and happy.

This is where our experience with children—and the value of that experience—becomes most evident. Restorative procedures often involve sounds, taste, and water as well as visual aspects that can make a child nervous. However, our "Tell–Show–Do" approach puts kids at ease and takes the "scariness" out of being in the dentist's chair.


Fillings

Fillings are the most common restorative procedure regarding children. Whenever a child has a cavity, the doctor will remove the decayed portion of the tooth. Then a tooth colored material known as resin composite is used to fill in the tooth. The procedure is very safe and can be completed in one visit.

Crowns

When a tooth is significantly broken down due to decay or severely damaged due to injury, a filling may not be possible to restore the tooth—in such instances a crown is used. Much like a helmet to a head, the crown is place directly over the tooth to cover and protect it. Unlike adult crowns made of porcelain, crowns for children are made of stainless steel. This does not require the same amount of time for molds and shaping (allowing the procedure to be completed in one visit) and they are designed to come out as the permanent tooth comes in.

Sealants

Sealants do exactly what they sound like, they seal out food and plaque to reduce the risk of tooth decay. Made of clear or shaded plastic, sealants are applied to protect the grooved and pitted surfaces of children's teeth from cavities—especially the chewing surfaces of back teeth where most cavities occur. Sealants are affordable and can be applied quickly and easily in one visit, and your child will be able to eat right after the appointment. Once applied, they last for a long time and can help protect teeth throughout the most cavity-prone years. However, it's important to remember that they are not a replacement for brushing and flossing; they're just one step in the effort to keep your child cavity free.

Our sealants have a two year warranty and repaired and replaced as needed at cleaning visits.

Bonding

In dental bonding, a tooth-colored resin material is applied to teeth and hardened (or bonded) with a special light. Bonding can be used repair decayed or damaged teeth, to close spaces between teeth, to change the shape of teeth, and to generally improve a person's smile. The procedure is very simple—usually not requiring anesthesia.

Extractions

For children, the most common need for tooth extraction (we like to use the term "wiggle") is to make room for teeth that are coming in. However, sometimes extractions are performed because of tooth decay that has destroyed enough tooth structure to prevent restoration or teeth that have been fractured. As children get older, "wiggling" may be performed on impacted or problematic wisdom teeth, as well as on some permanent teeth to make space for orthodontic treatment.