You do your best to make sure that your child takes good care of their teeth. Even so, there are times when an issue might develop. Your child could develop a cavity. They could fall and injure a tooth. A tooth might even fall out. When an issue develops, restorative treatments become necessary, and Gallatin Valley Pediatric Dentistry is here to provide your child with the treatment they need.
At Gallatin Valley Pediatric Dentistry, we offer an outpatient surgical procedure known as a frenectomy. This procedure, which is common in pediatric dentistry, may be necessary to alleviate several dental issues. If we do recommend a frenectomy, rest assured knowing we use cutting-edge technology and advanced techniques.
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At Gallatin Valley Pediatric Dentistry, it is our belief that the oral healthcare your child receives in childhood shapes their perceptions of dental experiences for life. Dr. Justin and Dr. Joni are committed to changing the way our patients view a visit to the dentist by reinforcing positive associations through the use of virtually pain free laser dentistry. The benefits of Solea laser dentistry are for all of our patients, from newborns to teenagers.
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Early Childhood Caries
Early childhood caries happen. Moreover, when they do, a filling becomes necessary. Even baby teeth need to be treated when a cavity develops. Ignoring a cavity will lead to the destruction of the tooth, and can leave your child vulnerable to infection and significant pain. A cavity in a baby tooth can affect the adult tooth underneath before it even erupts. Tooth-colored fillings are fillings that use composite resin. They have no metal, and they are mercury-free. They also match the color of your child’s tooth, restoring their oral health and their smile.
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Silver Diamine Fluoride
In scientific terms, silver diamine fluoride acts as an antimicrobial “medicine” that stops cavities from growing by killing the bacteria and making the tooth harder. SDF stops the bacteria from eating away at the tooth and making a bigger cavity in 70-90% of treated teeth. Teeth treated with SDF need to be checked by a dentist at least every six months to make sure the tooth decay has been stopped.
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Crowns For Kids
At Gallatin Valley Pediatric Dentistry, we will always try to prevent dental problems before they occur. Unfortunately, many children need some form of restorative treatment due to tooth decay or gum disease. Significant damage or tooth decay may even require the placement of a dental crown.
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Pulpotomy & Pulpectomy
A pulpotomy is also called a nerve treatment. This treatment is done when decay has started to make its way deeper into the tooth and is approaching the pulp, or soft tissue contained inside. The decay is cleared from the tooth, and the top portion of the pulp is removed. The inside of the tooth is cleaned and sterilized, and a crown is provided. With a pulpotomy, we can help to save a damaged tooth, preventing serious infections and potential tooth loss.
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Sometimes, damaged or decayed teeth are beyond repair. In these instances, the best solution is to remove the affected tooth. Tooth extractions are also sometimes necessary for baby teeth that won't fall out, orthodontic treatment or because the wisdom teeth are impacted. We only recommend extractions as a last resort, and they are done to protect the oral health of your child. We know that the idea of having a tooth removed can be scary, so we do our very best to ensure that your child is comfortable during the process. This way, your child won’t feel frightened to come back.
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If your child has suffered a cavity, tooth damage, or other dental issues, restorative treatment can help. For more information, and to schedule an appointment, call Gallatin Valley Pediatric Dentistry at 406-224-4272 today.