Paul T. Egger, D.D.S., Erica R. Gilbert, D.M.D., Chad M. Silver, D.M.D., M.S. or Amanda Pappas, D.M.D., M.S., M.P.H. are dedicated to making sure your child’s restorative visit is as easy as possible. As with any other visit, it is imperative that you, as the parent, talk positively about the upcoming appointment and your own experiences. We understand the process can be nerve-wracking for you, and children easily pick up on our temperaments. We will make sure to use an age-appropriate language and approach, helping ease fears and allowing for a smooth appointment. Please feel free to talk with the assistant or dentist about any questions or issues that may arise, we are more than happy to explain our procedures.
Advantages of Restoring Baby Teeth
A common question among parents is why we recommend fixing a cavity on a baby tooth when it will eventually fall out on it’s own. Once a cavity has been diagnosed by your pediatric dentist, it has infiltrated the dentin (inner layer) of the tooth, and decay can spread rapidly through the sponge-like anatomy. As a cavity grows, it can begin to cause problems for the child such as infection, pain while eating/drinking, or general discomfort.
Advantages of Tooth-Colored Restorations
There are many advantages to tooth-colored restorations. Composite restorations are bonded to the teeth creating a tight, superior fit to the natural tooth. Such restorations can be used in instances where much of the tooth structure has been lost. The tooth remains intact and stronger.
Since the resin used in tooth-colored restorations contain fluoride this can help prevent decay. The resin wears like natural teeth and does not require placement at the gum line, which is healthier for your gums!