Composite restorations, also known as “white fillings”, are used to help restore a tooth that has a small to mid-size cavity. The filling material is bonded to the area of the cavity. It then fills in the space left from where the bacteria attacked the tooth. The white fillings are a great aesthetic option as it can match the shade of your tooth. They are also BPA free!
A pulpotomy is a term used to describe “nerve treatment” for baby teeth. A child’s teeth has multiple layers and the deepest layer is known as the nerve or “pulp”. This is the most sensitive part of the tooth. If a cavity reaches the pulp layer, the child can experience a lot of pain. If this is the case, a nerve treatment would usually be needed. It is our goal to preserve your child’s baby teeth. The reason for this is to use them to guide their permanent teeth into place. Our paediatric dental team can help your child feel comfortable. We are also able to offer various sedation options.
When a tooth has broken down to the point where it has lost its structure and function, a dental crown (cap) can be used to stabilize it. This solution can stop the breakdown and help improve the tooth’s function. Crowns are often silver in colour and made out of stainless steel. A crown can also be placed in one visit. Our pediatric dental team would be happy to assess your child’s oral health and discuss if a crown is a suitable solution for them.
Dental extractions can be required if a child’s tooth has been severely damaged from situations including trauma, dental decay, infected, or for orthodontic alignment purposes. We try our best to preserve your child’s baby teeth if possible. However, in some cases, an extraction can be a better option. If your child requires a dental extraction, our team will do their best to make them comfortable through their appointment!
A space maintainer is a metal appliance that is placed on a tooth to help hold it in place. If a child loses a baby tooth (due to an extraction or trauma), the neighbouring teeth will be prone to shifting or tilting towards the empty space. If shifting occurs, it can create a crowding problem. This makes it harder for your child’s permanent teeth to grow into the right spot. As a result, a space maintainer can be used to prevent any shifting from occurring.