While prevention is always our goal at SmileKids! Pediatric Dentistry, we know that children can still develop cavities or be affected by dental injuries that damage their teeth, and Dr. Nadgie is here to help. We offer expert restorative dentistry in Aldie, and can restore your little one’s smile. Learn more below, or schedule an appointment now.
Fillings are the best way to address minor to moderate cavities and prevent complications like tooth infections. With a filling from Dr. Nadgie, your child’s smile will be completely restored.
At our office, we use tooth-colored, composite dental fillings. Unlike metal fillings that have a silver-gray appearance, these fillings can be matched to the color of your child’s teeth, ensuring that their smile is not affected by tooth decay.
In addition, tooth-colored fillings provide a very strong hold and bond tightly to your child’s tooth, ensuring long-lasting results. Composite fillings also require less preparation from Dr. Nadgie, which means less time in the chair while helping to preserve your child’s natural tooth structure.
If your child has a very serious cavity, a tooth infection, or a tooth that is cracked or broken because of a dental injury from a contact sport or an accidental slip and fall, a stainless steel crown may be the best way to restore it.
First, your child’s tooth will be cleaned and any damaged enamel will be removed. Then, Dr. Nadgie will select a pre-made stainless steel crown that will fit onto your child’s tooth perfectly. She will attach the crown to cover up your child’s tooth all the way down to their gum line, protecting the remaining enamel from further damage.
Stainless steel crowns are the best way to restore damaged baby teeth, but they are not usually recommended for adult teeth, as their silver appearance looks unnatural. For older children or teens who have a damaged adult tooth, a porcelain crown may be a better alternative.
If your child loses one of their baby teeth early because of tooth decay or a dental injury, it’s very important to keep the proper space between their teeth using a space maintainer. This is because your child’s primary (baby) teeth are responsible for creating the paths that their adult teeth will follow when they begin to erupt.
A space maintainer is a metal or plastic dental prosthetic that attaches to the surrounding teeth, and fills up the gap where the missing tooth used to be. This prevents teeth from shifting toward the empty socket.
If you do not get a space maintainer for your child, their baby teeth may shift toward the now-empty socket where their missing tooth used to be. This can cause serious problems with their future oral development.