Pediatric Restorative Dentistry – Coppell, TX
Getting Smiles Ready for the Red Carpet!
As hard as Dr. Linda and our team work to prevent oral health issues from harming your child’s smile, tooth decay and damage can still occur. In fact, tooth decay is the most common childhood disease in the United States. The good news is that an experienced pediatric dentist like Dr. Linda can treat cavities and dental damage without compromising the natural appearance of their pearly whites. We’ll make sure your child is comfortable the entire time; with our relaxing dental office decked out like a movie theater, it’s hard not to be! Keep reading to learn more about pediatric restorative dentistry in our Coppell, TX dental office.
Why Choose Linda A. Steele, DDS for Pediatric Restorative Dentistry?
- Experienced, Pediatric Dentist
- Safe Dental Sedation for Kids Available
- Fun Dental Office Atmosphere with a Movie Theater Theme
If a cavity rears its ugly head, we can usually treat it in the early stages with a simple filling. Rather than old-fashioned metal fillings, Dr. Linda prefers tooth-colored fillings made from composite resin. This material is not only more flexible, but it can also be shaded to match the exact shade of your child’s tooth. Once placed, even your child shouldn’t be able to tell where their natural tooth ends and the filling begins!
For more severe cases of decay, we can preserve the remaining tooth structure and restore it to full function with a metal-free zirconia or stainless steel dental crown. These restorations fit snugly over the visible section of a tooth. Like fillings, crowns are designed with the unique color of a patient’s smile in mind. With our personalized crowns made from lifelike materials, your child can get their smile healed while still feeling confident enough to strut the red carpet!
Does your son or daughter have a terrible toothache that just won’t go away? This is a common sign that an untreated cavity has reached the innermost chamber of a tooth (called the pulp) where the delicate nerves are located. If this is the case, Dr. Linda can perform a pulpotomy. Sometimes called a “baby root canal,” a pulpotomy involves removing the diseased portions of a primary tooth’s pulp while leaving as much tissue untouched as possible. Then, we protect the tooth from further damage by topping it with a metal-free crown.
We almost never recommend the removal of a tooth (whether a baby tooth or an adult one) except as a last resort. For instance, we may do so if overcrowding has made orthodontic treatment impossible, or if an injury has damaged a tooth beyond repair. Whatever the case may be, we’ll do our utmost to help your little one feel relaxed throughout the process. We even offer sedation dentistry to keep kids at ease during their procedures.
While Dr. Linda doesn’t provide orthodontic treatment, she can help prepare your child’s teeth for braces. Before orthodontic bands can be attached to the molars, there needs to be a certain amount of space between the teeth. If these teeth are too close together, then Dr. Linda can install spacers – small bands – between the molars to create sufficient space. Your child will typically wear spacers for a week or two before being fitted with braces.