Pediatric Restorative Dentistry
Parents dread the word “cavity” just as much as kids do. While we place a big emphasis on preventative care by teaching proper home care techniques, offering thorough cleanings, and providing regular comprehensive exams, sometimes children require restorative dentistry.
Restorative dentistry refers to treatment that restores the health of your child’s tooth. Whether it is filling a cavity, placing a crown, treating the nerve, or utilizing a space maintainer, at Palos Pediatric Dentistry, our team puts your child first. Our number one goal is to maintain your child’s health and comfort.
Early Detection and Treatment Of Decay
Kids love sugar, and so do cavities. No matter how impeccable your home care routine, your child might get a cavity. Due to the natural grooves and anatomy of the teeth, cavities are common among younger patients.
Cavities are really decay (caries). Caries is caused from bacteria that have taken hold in your child’s tooth. These bacteria create an acidic environment and compromise the tooth structure.
The earlier caries is detected, the better. Palos Heights pediatric dentist Dr. Richard Facko will check your child’s teeth visually for decay as well as utilizing x-rays to examine areas between the teeth.
Once caries is detected, Dr. Facko will gently and expertly remove it and sterilize the tooth. He can then fill in the cavity to protect it from attracting more bacteria. His compassionate nature and experience with kids makes them feel comfortable even while getting a filling.
Crowns for Kids
Sometimes, in cases of severe decay or trauma, your child may require a dental crown. A crown is a protective cover placed over the tooth like a helmet. Crowns can restore the structure, stabilize the tooth, and protect it from more extensive damage.
Pediatric Nerve Treatment
Occasionally, because of deep decay or trauma, nerve treatment may be necessary to prevent a serious infection or tooth loss. Dr. Facko is skilled in techniques to gently clean out the decay and infection. He focuses on saving the tooth and maintaining function. Preservation is important because primary teeth act as guides for the eruption of secondary teeth.
Despite our best efforts, sometimes a baby tooth may be lost early from decay or trauma. When tooth loss occurs, surrounding teeth may shift. In these cases, space maintainers are sometimes utilized to assist in the correct eruption of secondary teeth. Space maintainers are made of stainless steel or plastic and hold the space for the secondary tooth. They are removed once the secondary tooth begins to erupt. Use of space maintainers can help prevent overcrowding and crooked teeth, possibly saving you and your child the expense of orthodontics down the road.
Contact Us for Your Child’s Restorative Needs
At our Palos Heights pediatric dental office, we treat your child like we would treat our own family. Our gentle and thorough technique will keep your kids happy and healthy while our focus on prevention simplifies treatment and minimizes future dental complications.
Call now to schedule an appointment. We look forward to welcoming you and your little ones to our office.