Your child has unique dental needs – even in the early stages of development. Jackson Pediatric Dentistry is designed to give your child access to a variety of treatments and care so that any issue can be addressed. Our goal is to set your child on the pathway toward a lifetime of good oral health by giving him or her a strong foundation. Here are some examples of the treatments available for your child.
When any decay is removed from your child's tooth, the natural shape of the tooth is restored, and the natural structure of the tooth is protected by the placement of a filling. In most instances, a tooth-colored resin composite will be the material used for the restoration. Special cases will require the use of silver amalgam.
When damage, injury, or decay doesn't leave enough tooth structure to hold a filling, or when a tooth is at high risk for future cavity development, a crown is the appropriate restoration that gives your child back both form and function. Pediatric crowns are placed and permanently cemented over the remaining natural baby tooth structure. Your child's smile will look complete and feel natural to him or her.
Pulp therapy (also known in pediatric dentistry as a "baby root canal") addresses issues with the internal structure of the tooth, where the pulp (made up of the nerve and blood vessels) is located. Often, these issues cause discomfort or pain when eating or trying to sleep, and pulp therapy will give your child relief and will restore his or her ability to chew without trouble.
The most commonly used pulp therapy is called a pulpotomy. During this treatment, the affected nerve tissue in the crown of the tooth is removed. The goal is to maintain the vitality of the baby tooth. Although used less often, a pulpectomy is done when the entire pulp of the tooth is infected. The pulp from the crown, as well as the roots, is removed. The goal of a pulpectomy is to keep the tooth in the mouth for as long as possible, avoiding or delaying extraction.
In either case, after the pulp is removed, the space is filled with an inert material to maintain the structure of the tooth. Finally, a crown restores the functional shape of the tooth, recompleting your child's beautiful smile.