Restorative Dentistry

Keeping an active child’s teeth intact can be an epic battle for the ages—just like getting some children to take naps! Kids can be fearless—playing hard, moving fast, and inevitably, falling, and their teeth get in the way at the wrong time. Other kids draw the short straw when it comes to their teeth, whether issues are caused by genetics, health, or happenstance. Damaged or missing teeth complicate eating and smiling and may even make these basic daily functions painful.

Harp Pediatric Dentistry in Palm Harbor, FL will do everything possible to preserve your child’s natural teeth with restorative dentistry procedures that save the day!

Tooth-Colored Fillings

At some point in our lives, most of us get a cavity—and sometimes it happens when we’re still kids. Fillings are restorations that correct small to medium-sized areas of decay and are often of porcelain or composite resin construction, color-matched to blend in with your child’s teeth.

  • Tooth-colored dental fillings are more attractive and less noticeable than metal ones.
  • Tooth-colored fillings are of durable construction that lessens discomfort from temperature changes from hot to cold (or vice versa).
  • A tooth-colored filling returns the tooth to full function and aesthetics.

Dental Crowns

When it comes to crowns, our dentists prefer to discuss your child’s individual needs with you. Crowns are restorations used when a cavity is too large to be repaired with a simple filling or when the location of tooth decay makes a crown necessary. Dental crowns may also need to be placed following a pulpotomy. Your child’s specific needs determine what type of crown we will recommend. 

When restoring primary teeth, our practice most commonly utilizes stainless steel crowns. In over 99% of cases, these dental crowns will remain functional and durable for the lifetime of the tooth; therefore, your child is less likely to require additional dental treatments once the crown has been placed.

  • Crowns are restorations for badly decayed and broken teeth.
  • Crowns can save and protect your child’s teeth and improve oral health.
  • A crown restoration can make a child’s tooth stronger to withstand more chewing force.

Pulp Therapy

Pulp therapy refers to pulpotomy or pulpectomy, which are pediatric procedures similar to adult root canals. Our dentists remove the infection from inside the tooth, seal the chamber to prevent additional infection, and finish the process with a restoration to return the tooth to optimal function.

  • Pulpotomy is when the pulpal tissue is only removed within the crown of the tooth.
  • Pulpectomy is when the pulpal tissue is removed from both the crown and the tooth root.
  • Pediatric pulp therapy is less extensive than an adult root canal.

Bonding

Dental bonding is a great way to repair teeth and close gaps between them. It’s done with a tooth-colored resin material that’s bonded onto your pearly whites!

This procedure can be used to:

  • Mend tooth decay
  • Mend fractured/chipped teeth
  • Bridge the gap between teeth
  • Enhance teeth appearance
  • Optimal teeth repositioning
  • Filling replacement

With dental bonding, you can go in for a simple procedure and get right to work. You will not need any advanced planning or sedation unless necessary with decayed tooth fillings that are required when using this type of technique.

Harp Pediatric Dentistry is a well-established name in Florida. In order to contact us, we’re only a call away. Otherwise, you can schedule an online appointment as well!

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