Composite Dental Fillings
We exclusively offer composite dental fillings at our practice (no silver fillings here!), which are made from a special type of dental resin. Compared to metal-amalgam “silver” fillings, tooth-colored composite fillings provide a tighter hold, strengthen the tooth more effectively, and provide a more natural smile for your child.
If your child loses a baby tooth early, they may need a space maintainer. These are placed in the area where their missing tooth used to be. They help ensure that the surrounding teeth don’t shift, which could interfere with proper dental development.
A frenectomy may be required if your child has tongue tie (ankyloglossia) or upper lip tie. This procedure involves snipping the band of tissue that restricts your child’s oral range of motion, restoring the proper function of their lips or tongue.
This technique has become a popular topic to discuss on social media and we feel that it is important to note that not every child needs their tongue or lip “clipped” just because they have thick tissue present under their tongue or top lip. Though Dr. Alex does perform and offer this procedure, she takes a very holistic approach to classify the type of tongue or lip attachment, and reviews any feeding or speech concerns before offering this service.
We, of course, only want to diagnose and treat the patients that actually need this procedure and do not take the recommendation of surgery to any infant or child lightly. If you have been told your child needs this procedure and you would like a second opinion, please call us for a free consultation.
We offer the most gentle baby and adult tooth extractions possible, including extraction of adult teeth needed to make room for braces or due to large cavities. Due to Dr. Alex’s training at a surgical-based hospital residency, she can even provide surgical tooth extractions when necessary. Dr. Alex also offers a specialized service to surgically extract “mesiodens,” which are extra teeth that usually grow around or under the central incisors (front teeth).
We love welcoming new folks ‘round these parts. If you’re planning your first visit, be sure to take advantage of our new patient special. With a free second opinion consultation, we’ll make sure your little one gets started off on the right foot at our office.
Our Options for Pediatric Pre-Fab Dental Crowns
At our office, Dr. Alex offers a wide variety of dental crowns that are ideal for treating damaged and decayed teeth in kids.
Pre-made stainless steel crowns are ideal for baby teeth (and some adult teeth), as they are very durable and last longer than fillings, but are inexpensive and can be placed quickly and in just a single appointment. These “tooth helmets or princess crowns” can be placed with the standard crown method (which is when we drill into the tooth to clean the cavity out and then cement the crown on top) or in some cases with the Hall crown technique. (This requires no shots or drilling!)
Zirconia is a durable, tooth-colored ceramic material. These crowns are ideal for cosmetically treating front and back baby teeth. They are a beautiful pearly-white color and look and feel just like natural tooth enamel. This is Dr. Alex’s first choice to treat a front baby tooth that needs a crown, as it is strong, very natural looking and keeps your child’s smile healthy and beautiful. Not every baby tooth can have this type of crown, so we would be happy to take a look and see if your child’s tooth is a candidate for this treatment option.
The Hall Technique can be used on some of our patients. It allows us to place a silver crown without any numbing or shots, and without using a dental drill. The cement used to place the crown traps and stops the cavity from growing, and the baby teeth naturally adjust to the fit of the crown over time.This minimally invasive technique has been proven in scientific studies to be just as effective in treating primary teeth in certain situations, and with less discomfort and time than traditional methods.
Nerve Treatment Options
If your child has an infected tooth, we offer two different nerve treatment options to treat their tooth and restore their smile.
A pulpotomy is used for baby teeth that are decayed and infected to the nerve. It involves opening a hole in the tooth, removing the top part of the infected nerve from inside the tooth, and placing a healing dressing on the remaining nerve tissue. This encourages the tooth and remaining nerve to heal, and restores your child’s tooth. Unlike an adult tooth “root canal,” this procedure and the final crown are done quickly and in the same appointment for your child.
A pulpectomy involves removing all of the infected nerve tissue from inside your child’s front or back tooth, and filling the root canal area with a medicine. This is usually only necessary for very severe tooth infections, or if a pulpotomy is not effective at restoring your child’s tooth. Dr. Alex is unique in her ability to offer this type of nerve treatment which allows us to save baby teeth that other dentists may not be able to. If you were told that the only option is extraction, we would love to give you a second opinion to see if a pulpectomy is right for your child.
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