Dental Restorations

Whether your child has chipped or broken teeth or is missing teeth, Smiles 4 Life can reestablish a healthy smile through dental restorations. Restorations are not only cosmetic– they are also important to maintaining the integrity of your child’s teeth and preventing further damage. Fillings, crowns, implants and bridges ensure adequate tooth function and promote good oral health.

Fillings

According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, tooth decay is the most common health problem for children. If your child has developed a cavity and it is left untreated, the decay will likely progress down to the inner core of the tooth, exposing the nerve and causing pain. Fillings are the most widely used dental restorations for repairing teeth affected by decay and they are also often used to reconstruct teeth that are fractured, chipped, or broken. During the filling procedure, the dentist will remove the decayed portion of your child’s tooth and fill the hole with a protective material. Smiles 4 Life has several options for filling materials, including gold, porcelain, silver amalgam and tooth-colored composite resin, and we will work with you to decide what is best for your child.

Crowns

If one of your child’s teeth has a significant amount of decay, a dental crown may be necessary to restore the tooth’s shape, strength and appearance. Essentially caps that areas` placed over teeth, crowns are dental restorations that fully cover the entire visible portion of teeth. Temporary crowns made of acrylic or stainless steel can be made here in our Columbus office, and our dental lab can create permanent crowns made of other materials, including gold, porcelain, ceramic and resin. For children, temporary stainless crowns are usually suggested for baby or primary teeth, while permanent crowns may be considered for adult teeth.

Implants and Bridges

Early loss of a primary tooth may not seem like serious problem, as children lose baby teeth all the time. But if your child loses one of these teeth due to dental trauma, it can cause problems for the corresponding permanent tooth as the other teeth may close in on the gap as they grow in. Implants and bridges are dental restorations that can be used to maintain proper tooth spacing in the mouth as the permanent teeth erupt. Children who have a permanent tooth knocked out can also benefit from replacing the tooth with an implant or bridge. Depending upon the particular needs of your child, or oral health care team will recommend an appropriate tooth replacement device.

Dental restorations can stabilize your child’s bite, protect the teeth, and restore a beautiful smile – contact Smiles 4 Life in Columbus for to schedule a consultation for your child today.