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How Restorative Dentistry Can Bring Back Your Child’s Smile

Childhood involves a lot of roughhousing – and this can oftentimes lead to broken or chipped teeth. 

When your child loses or chips a tooth, it can lead to more than just discomfort when eating. Missing or damaged teeth have the potential to cause alignment and aesthetic issues in your child’s mouth, leading to additional oral health problems. Luckily, this can be fixed through restorative dentistry to bring your child’s smile back and keep their mouth healthy!

If you’re in need of tooth restoration, come to Wyandotte Medical And Dental. As an established children’s dentist in Orillia, we offer a variety of options for treatment.

Let’s examine what restorative dentistry is and what options are available for children who have lost teeth.

What is Restorative Dentistry?

Restorative dentistry is a term that refers to dental practices that help address oral health issues while fixing or restoring teeth with the goal of restoring your child’s original smile and preventing future oral health issues. This can include replacing teeth, crowns, fillings or bridges. It is important for several reasons:

  • Filling empty spaces in the mouth helps keep other teeth aligned properly 
  • Replacing teeth makes it easier to maintain oral care habits that help prevent plaque build-up and the problems associated with it
  • Missing teeth can affect appearance, health and self-esteem

What Procedures Are Involved in Restorative Dentistry?

There are 2 primary ways in which we approach restorative dentistry, and each one differs depending on the cause:

Direct

The direct approach involves correcting cavities by placing a filling into the empty space. The filling used can vary according to the type and location of the spot in your child’s mouth that needs to be filled. 

Indirect

The indirect approach features customizable tooth replacement solutions that can include crowns, onlays, or inlays. A crown covers the entire chewing surface of a tooth, an inlay lies within the cusps of the tooth, and an onlay covers the tip of the tooth and part of the chewing surface. An indirect tooth restoration requires multiple office visits because the inlay or onlay must be created in a lab before it can be inserted. 

The Benefits of Restorative Dentistry

The procedures involved in restorative dentistry have a multitude of benefits! They include: 

Preserves the tooth structure: Restorative dental treatments target the specific tooth by extracting just the decay and undermined structure of the tooth structure and protecting the structural integrity of the rest of the tooth.

Enhanced appearance: Restorative dentistry dramatically improves the visuals and function of your child’s smile by addressing cracked or missing teeth to restore your child’s smile’s natural beauty and give them the confidence to flash their pearly whites. 

Improved functionality: By restoring the contour of your child’s teeth, restorative dental procedures can improve their speech and properly align the bite between their upper and lower teeth.

Improved oral health: Worn out, decaying or otherwise broken teeth reduce oral functionality. Also, they are hard to clean. Even a single broken tooth can adversely affect your child’s oral health by making their mouth harder to clean and more susceptible to plaque buildup. Dental restoration restores any broken teeth to a natural, healthy condition, thus reducing the likelihood of oral health issues like gum disease and cavities.

Don’t let broken or chipped teeth affect your child’s dental health! Contact us today to assess which restorative solution is best suited for your child!

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