A child’s dental restoration should be pain-free, fast and of the highest quality. By far, the most common restoration for little ones and teens alike are fillings—and they come with many options. However, the two popular choices are metal or white. Also known as “amalgam,” metal fillings can be created with a number of materials such as copper, silver, tin or zinc. It’s a non-bonded filling exclusively used in back teeth, so it doesn’t show in those school pictures.
Of course, metal fillings don’t match the natural tooth color and that’s okay in many cases. If the filling is necessary in a tooth that will show when talking or smiling, “composite resin” is the go-to white filling created with glass and plastic. These can be either indirect or direct fillings. The upside is that they last a long time and look like natural tooth, but they don’t last quite as long as metal fillings. Plus, white fillings are more vulnerable to shrinkage and cavities.
A Crown Fit for a Prince or Princess
Crowns are another common dental restoration procedure, and they also come in metal or white options. These “royal touches” safeguard a weak tooth from becoming broken and can even keep cracked teeth together. Whether teeth are worn down from grinding, are broken or stained from a chocolate milk addiction, crowns can instantly transform these subpar teeth to give your little royal something to smile about.
Options for crown materials include stainless steel, which is a great semi-permanent repair—these are designed to shield a filling or tooth, and are the best at keeping baby teeth in shape until adult teeth grow in. They’re cost-effective, sturdy and do the job. A white crown is also on the table, but there’s a trade-off. These look like natural teeth, but are more likely to chip than metal.
Give Them Some Space With Dental Restorations
“Extractions” might sound scary to a child. After all, what kid wants to have a tooth yanked out? That initial fear is understandable, but a great pediatrician explains exactly what happens and that there will be zero pain, and suddenly the procedure doesn’t seem like much at all. For the curious kid, knowing that they’ll have the option of taking home their clean tooth post-extraction is an added bonus (plus, the Tooth Fairy is happy to accept extractions). Taking care of an extracted spot does require some care, though.
Right after the procedure, they’ll have to bite gauze for a few minutes to stop the bleeding. However, there will still be no pain—but they will have a numb mouth for a couple of hours. It’s best to not eat until feeling returns, but some soothing liquids might help. Don’t forget that it’s a kick for kids to see just how different liquids taste and feel when they’re missing a major sense.
Who Says No “Savesies?”
Space maintainers are necessary if a baby tooth falls out early and space needs to be saved for incoming adult teeth. Whether the lost tooth is from a surgery, trauma or your child is just an early bloomer, it doesn’t matter. “Spacers” are a temporary device and come in fixed or removable option. However, fixed are the most popular and are similar to retainers.
Restoring a child’s teeth, mouth and smile ensures good oral hygiene and self-confidence. With 100 percent pain-free dentistry restoration, coupled with a day off of school, it’s no wonder kids look forward to their dental visits.