Restorative dentistry refers to restoring teeth that are damaged or missing as well as caring for supportive dental structures. Modern restorative dentistry is convenient and more comfortable than ever.
At Great Grins Children’s Dentistry, we take pride in bringing quality pediatric dentistry to the Tucson area. Restorative dentistry includes a variety of different services.
The restorative procedures a pediatric dentist may do include fillings, crowns, laser dentistry, and more. Tooth restoration can help keep your child’s mouth healthy and their smile bright.
Tooth-colored composite fillings, also called cavity fillings, dental fillings, or tooth fillings, can help fix a patient’s cavities or repair broken, cracked, or worn down teeth.
A pediatric dentist does this by removing tooth decay, then filling the area in with composite material.
Silver Diamine Fluoride, or SDF, is a topical, antimicrobial liquid used for the prevention of cavities and management of active tooth decay.
SDF is a non-invasive treatment that is brushed onto a cavity to help stop the current decay, and can also help prevent new cavities from occurring.
Dental crowns are used to to restore teeth that are significantly damaged or decayed, and to improve the appearance.
Great Grins Children’s Dentistry offers both porcelain tooth-colored crowns and Zirconia crowns, which are a white quartz-like material.
These tooth-shaped caps can be used to restore a damaged tooth to its original size, shape, and function.
A pulpotomy, also called a baby root canal, is a procedure that a pediatric dentist may perform when a child has extensive cavities that may approach the pulp or the nerve. During the pulpotomy, the inflamed tooth pulp is removed leaving only the healthy pulp behind.
Tooth extractions are outpatient procedures that are performed to preserve or improve one’s dental health. Teeth may need to be extracted or removed in preparation for braces, due to damage or decay, or for a variety of reasons which include infection and other medical issues.
Dental space maintenance may occur when a child’s tooth has come out too soon due to an accident or decay. If your child loses a tooth too early and steps are not taken to fix the issue, it can lead to orthodontic issues later on. Retainers are used to hold the space and keep teeth from drifting which can get in the way of the permanent tooth coming in.
Orthodontics refers to a specialized form of dentistry that deals with the diagnosis, prevention, and correction of teeth or jaws that are malpositioned and bite patterns that are misaligned. Orthodontists can also use dentofacial orthopedics in order to modify facial growth.
A frenulum is a small ridge of tissue that connects the tongue to the floor of the mouth on the bottom jaw and the lip to the gums on the upper jaw. In certain situations, the frenulum may restrict proper movement of the the lip or tongue or both. During a laser frenectomy, a laser is used to release the frenulum and can provide tongue tie and lip tie relief.