Restorative Treatments

Restorative Dentistry

With her emphasis on prevention, Dr. Jayni seeks to avoid the need for restorative treatment altogether. Unfortunately, restorative care is often necessary, even for youngsters. Tooth decay—the erosion of the enamel of the teeth through bacteria called “plaque”—is a common childhood problem, one that we hope to prevent from carrying into adulthood through taking proactive approaches. Though baby teeth do fall out, if they fall out prematurely, eruption patterns may be compromised as other teeth shift to fill the gap. To set your child back on track, we offer several modern restorative options.

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Traditional and ICON “No Drill” Fillings
For larger cavities, we offer tooth-colored composite traditional fillings, requiring drills and oral anesthesia. For less advanced cases of tooth decay, we are proud to offer ICON “No Drill” Fillings. ICON “No Drill” Fillings are a gentler option, sparing your little one the trauma of the dental drill, and the need for anesthesia. The ICON technique allows more healthy tooth structure to be preserved than traditional filling techniques.

Zirconia Crowns
While some parents wonder why dentists recommend placing crowns over badly decayed teeth that children will lose anyway, there is good reason for it. Premature tooth loss can jeopardize the eruption patterns of your child’s teeth. We offer strong, natural looking crowns for our pediatric dental patients.

Crowns are used to restore and enhance teeth that are damaged, or to replace missing teeth. A crown, also called a cap, is used to entirely cover a damaged tooth. A crown not only strengthens the tooth, but it can also dramatically improve the tooth’s appearance, shape and alignment.

Crowns may be used to…

  • Replace a large filling when there is little tooth structure remaining
  • Protect a weak tooth from fracturing
  • Restore a fractured tooth
  • Attach a bridge
  • Cover a dental implant
  • Cover a discolored or poorly-shaped tooth
  • Cover a tooth that has had root canal or pulpotomy treatment

Gum Treatments
The gums, ligaments, and bone around the teeth form the foundation for one’s teeth. All structures are also referred to as the periodontium. When the periodontium is not healthy, it jeopardizes the teeth just as a bad foundation would threaten the stability of a house. While younger children may experience chronic gingivitis, aggressive periodontitis has an onset around puberty or young adulthood.

Signs of unhealthy periodontium include: gums that are red and bleed easily, persistent bad breath, gums that are pulled away from the tooth, loose teeth, and changes in the position or bite of the teeth. Any of these may be a sign of a problem. With proper gum treatments, however, it may be possible to return gum tissue to a healthy state. If you’re having a problem, come in and see us so we may treat it right away. The treatment usually involves a deep cleaning or root planing done under a local anesthetic, along with local antibiotic agents. If the gum disease gets too severe it may need to be treated through surgery or extraction. This is why it is important to have it treated at the first sign of a problem.

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Special Needs Dentistry

Many patients with special needs can take care of their own oral health, while some rely on caregivers for help. Early and frequent visits to the dentist are extremely important to the overall health of people with special needs. Dr. Jayni and her staff give extra time and patience to help educate both patient and caregiver.

Call Our Athens Area Pediatric Practice Today

We encourage you to call our office to learn more about our dedication to helping your child feel comfortable, safe, and cared for, while comprehensively addressing their dental health care needs.