Treatment

Treatment

Non-invasive SDF

Silver diamine fluoride (SDF) is a great medicament that can be used to help slow down or arrest progression of small cavities when a very conservative and non-invasive approach is needed. SDF can be easily applied in the chair without need of local anesthesia in a matter of a few minutes. This is a great option for small cavities in very young children or for those patients who are unable to cooperate for traditional restorative treatment. Two applications are usually needed about four weeks apart and areas treated are closely monitored at every check-up.

Metal-free fillings

It is not simply because metal-free fillings are more attractive, but these types of fillings also prevent the often experienced side effects of metal fillings like toothaches (heat and cold sensitivity) and tooth fracture. This makes it possible to preserve the remaining healthy tooth structure.

Crowns

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that is placed over a damaged tooth to provide it protection. A tooth cap fully encases the visible portion of the tooth that is exposed above the gum line. Dental crown may be needed when a large cavity is threatening the health of a tooth. These caps are specifically designed to protect and restore damaged or decayed teeth. Crowns may be used on a tooth that cannot be adequately restored by a filling, such as when decay is found between teeth or larger decay on a tooth.

Extractions

We’ll never put your child through this procedure unless absolutely necessary. We will inform you if we think that there is no other treatment that can save the tooth. We only recommend extractions when there are no other treatment options.

Pulpotomies (Root canals)

The need for root canal therapy is often indicated if a tooth is giving your child pain, is sensitive to different temperatures, or if it is chipped or cracked with the pulp already exposed. When this happens, the pulp becomes damaged beyond simple medication or surface repair. As a result, the infected pulp is removed through root canal therapy and a crown is placed on the tooth, allowing it to be strong enough so the tooth can remain in the child’s mouth until the permanent tooth erupts.

Other restorative procedures

With the advances in dentistry and the technology surrounding these advances we have many options available to support oral health. If you have questions about a procedure or simply want more information we are here to help.