Despite many parents’ best efforts, children can still develop common dental problems like cavities, chips, and cracks in their teeth, but thankfully, these small issues don’t have to be a big deal thanks to OPD Smiles. If your child’s teeth need a little TLC, Dr. Russell can provide a custom-made restoration that is specially designed for their smile. He’ll take his time to make sure your child is comfortable during the entire process, and when he’s done, it will look like nothing bad ever happened to their teeth! To learn more about your child’s restorative care options or to schedule an appointment, contact us today.
While our team strives to prevent them whenever possible, it’s more than likely that your child will experience at least one cavity over the course of their life. Thankfully, Dr. Russell has the perfect treatment method for repairing this damage safely and seamlessly: tooth-colored fillings. Unlike traditional amalgam, tooth-colored fillings are crafted from flexible composite resin, which comes in a variety of different shades that can be closely matched to your child’s special smile. The final result is conservative, comfortable, and very hard to distinguish from natural enamel.
While Dr. Russell will always do his best to help your child avoid the need for significant restorative care through dedicated prevention, unfortunate damage and decay can sometimes still happen. Thankfully, we can rebuild the tooth (or teeth) and help them stay a stable and attractive part of young patients’ smiles with white dental crowns. These crowns are high in quality and carefully customized for long-lasting improvements. They will fit over the remaining dental structure and protect it from further harm while also replenishing its original shape seamlessly! Better yet, we can use them for both anterior (front) and posterior (back) teeth.
Extractions are never our team’s first choice, but this procedure may be necessary in certain situations. For instance, your child may need to make room in their smile for important orthodontic treatment with Dr. Michael, or maybe a “baby” tooth is overstaying its welcome and needs to be helped along so the permanent tooth can take its rightful place. Whatever the case is, parents needn’t worry here in Lucas. Sedation dentistry is available to help make this experience smooth, successful, and fear-free for even the youngest patients.
“Baby” teeth are not as tough and strong as adult teeth, which is why children are often more susceptible to severe dental infections and pain. Instead of removing these teeth prematurely, though, Dr. Russell may recommend a pulpotomy. This procedure can be thought as a “baby root canal,” during which our team will access the affected tooth’s inner pulp chamber, remove any diseased nerve tissue, and place a filling to prevent more harmful bacteria from entering. Our goal is to help the tooth stay a natural and confident part of your loved one’s smile until it’s ready to fall out naturally – this will benefit the developing adult tooth as well.