Improve the Look & Health of Your Child’s Smile
Our experienced dentists provide quality restorative dentistry in Kansas City, Liberty, and Raymore, MO, as part of our commitment to your child’s overall oral health. Sometimes kids develop cavities, break or chip their teeth, or experience tooth decay due to diet or poor hygiene habits. In these cases, restorative treatments are necessary to preserve the health and functionality of the teeth. Some of the following restorative dentistry treatments can help to improve the look and health of your child’s smile.
Fillings – If your child is experiencing tooth pain, sensitivity, decay, or a dark spot on their tooth, a filling may be recommended. A filling is a common procedure where our dentists use a resin composite material that matches the color of their existing teeth. Our fillings are highly durable and resistant to stress when installed in your child’s mouth.
Fluoride – Fluoride is a mineral that can help to prevent cavities by repairing damaged tooth enamel when the damage is still in its early, microscopic stages. The benefits of fluoride have been known for decades, which is why we typically brush our teeth with fluoride-based toothpaste. In-office fluoride treatments can also help to protect the health and integrity of your child’s teeth.
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Sealants – Dental sealants are a simple and painless cavity prevention treatment. Typically, we recommend sealants for young children and teens, whose inexperience with dental hygiene can make them more cavity-prone during their younger years. Dental sealants are comprised of a thin plastic coating that is “painted” onto the chewing surface of each tooth. The resin then creates a barrier by filling in the worn spaces, resulting in a smoother surface for brushing away food and bacteria. The process only takes a few minutes and is usually covered by insurance for patients under the age of 18.
This protective shield over the tooth’s enamel can last up to 10 years with proper care and cleaning, but will eventually wear off over time. Our dentist will check your child’s sealants at each routine appointment and replace them if necessary.
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Crowns – A dental crown is a custom-made cap that replaces the natural crown of a tooth. It repairs the functionality and restores the size of a tooth that has suffered damage or decay beyond what can be fixed with a dental filling. Our dentists prepare the damaged tooth, take a mold, and place temporary protection for the tooth until the permanent crown is ready. Our philosophy is to always preserve as much of your child’s existing tooth as possible, with the dental crown sealing the restored tooth. Thanks to advancements in modern dentistry, dental crowns are made from strong porcelain that is virtually invisible.
Tooth Extractions – Tooth extractions are typically considered as a last-resort treatment option, but certain situations like excessive tooth decay, tooth infection, and crowding may arise where pursuing this path can produce the best result for your child’s smile. Tooth extractions are relatively quick in-office procedures performed by one of our dentists.
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Inhaled Minimal Sedation – The above in-office procedures may require the use of inhaled minimal sedation or nitrous oxide. Nitrous oxide/oxygen is a safe, effective sedative agent used to calm a child’s fear of the dental visit and enhance effective communication. Additionally, it works well for children whose gag reflex interferes with dental treatment.
This method has been used in dentistry for over a century and is considered completely safe, even for its use in children. With a mask placed over the nose, nitrous oxide – also referred to as “laughing gas” – is inhaled. This classic type of sedation is effective because it relaxes patients quickly but also wears off rapidly once the mask is removed.
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In-Hospital Procedures – In certain cases, our dentist may recommend that you consult an oral surgeon for wisdom teeth removal and oral surgery on severely damaged teeth. If your child’s dental treatment requires the expertise of an oral surgeon, our dentist will formulate a treatment plan, coordinate the necessary referral with a local surgical specialist, and oversee the entire process to ensure your child has a safe, comfortable experience. You can count on our team for experienced, compassionate care throughout your child’s treatment.