Sometimes a cavity is too large to be treated with a filling, and a more extensive treatment is indicated. Severe trauma to a tooth may also require more involved interventions. In these cases, your pediatric dentist may turn to other restorative dentistry methods.
Restorative dentistry is intended to preserve existing teeth so that they won’t need to be extracted. Parents may think that it’s not a big deal if a baby tooth is lost prematurely, but that’s not the case. The primary teeth still play an important role in nutrition and speech, and they can affect the alignment of the permanent teeth.
Additionally, it’s important to address advanced decay in a tooth before it progresses even further, possibly leading to an abscess or even systemic infection throughout the body.
When a tooth is severely damaged, the ideal outcome is to save it rather than to remove it prematurely, even if that tooth eventually will fall out anyway.
A crown is a tooth-shaped cap that covers the natural tooth in cases of advanced decay. Crowns may be made of a number of materials, including porcelain, ceramics or metal. The dentist will prepare the tooth for the crown to be placed, which may involve drilling to remove decay and contouring the tooth to accommodate the crown. The crown is bonded to the tooth using dental cement.
Restorative dentistry can be an option for saving a severely damaged tooth, and in most cases, it’s no more uncomfortable than getting a filling. Parents should discuss any concerns about these treatments with their child’s dentist in advance of the procedure.