Restorative

Mercury-free white fillingsIn the event your child does have a cavity that requires restoration, we provide white, tooth colored restorations. Dr. Hannah will review your child’s individual treatment needs and will recommend white fillings when appropriate.

Pediatric crownsSometimes your child may have a cavity on the “baby” tooth that has been there for a long time. The decay can destroy a significant amount of tooth structure. When this happens a white filling is no longer the best choice to restore the tooth. For these cases we recommend placing a more durable stainless steel crown.  However, Dr. Hannah understands that sometimes you may not be comfortable having a “silver” crown placed due to the aesthetics.  Based on the situation, a “white” zirconia crown can be placed instead. Dr. Hannah will discuss these options with you at the time of treatment planning.

Baby root canal therapyBecause primary teeth are so important, whenever possible, it is recommended that these teeth be kept intact instead of being prematurely extracted.  Baby root canal therapy is a potential option for saving a baby tooth that is affected by extensive decay. This treatment is often indicated if your child feels pain in a tooth, is sensitive to different temperatures, or if the tooth is chipped or cracked with the pulp already exposed. When this happens, the pulp has been damaged beyond simple medication or repair and as a result, the infected pulp is removed and a crown is placed on the tooth. The goal is to preserve the baby tooth until the new permanent tooth is ready to erupt.

Dental extractionsThere are times when it is necessary to remove a tooth. Sometimes this is due to an infection, caused by extensive decay, and sometimes an extraction is recommended by your orthodontist. For whatever reason, if it is determined that a tooth needs to be removed, Dr. Hannah will discuss with you the best method for your child.