circles

Restorative Care in Saginaw, TX

double circle

Pediatric Crown Options

At Saginaw Kids Dentistry, our board-certified pediatric dental specialists offer all restorative treatment options. Some options may not be the right fit for every child or every tooth. By focusing on minimally invasive techniques, Dr. Christina and Dr. Elias can ensure your child is always safe and comfortable.

two circlespink circle
blue logo

White Zirconia Crowns

Zirconia crowns are strong, tooth colored crowns that look and feel like natural teeth. These crowns are ideal for cosmetics for front and back baby teeth. These crowns are more brittle than stainless steel crowns, so not every baby tooth can have this type of crown.

circle

Stainless Steel Crowns

Stainless steel crowns are only used in back baby teeth that will fall out naturally in the future. They are very durable and resistant to chewing and biting.

two circlespink circle
two circlespink circle
pink circle

White Stainless Steel Crowns

The biggest benefit of white stainless steel crowns is that they have the durable component of stainless steel as well as the cosmetic tooth-colored veneer on the front. They offer the same benefits as stainless steel crowns, but have a much more natural, tooth-like appearance.

double circle

Importance of Restorative Care

Restorative dentistry involves restoring the appearance, function, and structure of missing, damaged, or severely decayed teeth and treating oral diseases. Damaged teeth can cause significant aesthetic and functional problems. It can be difficult to speak clearly or eat and if your tooth is damaged or infected, it could be causing you a lot of pain.

At Saginaw Kids Dentistry, we offer a wide variety of restorative dental treatments, such as root canal therapy to treat damaged or infected dental pulp, tooth replacement options for missing teeth, dental crowns which are used to protect vulnerable teeth from damage, fillings that treat cavities, and space maintainers which hold space in the mouth for permanent teeth to come in when a baby tooth has been lost prematurely.

two circlespink circle
blue logo

Baby Teeth Fall Out, Why Fix It?

It’s a common misperception that losing baby teeth prematurely won’t cause any long-term oral health problems and therefore doesn’t need to be replaced. However, this is untrue. Baby teeth serve a specific and important purpose aside from maintaining the cosmetic appearance of a full smile and the functional use of the tooth. 

Baby teeth are placeholders for permanent teeth. When a tooth is lost, it leads to jaw bone loss. Bone deterioration results in shifting teeth and changes to the facial structure. When the teeth shift, it can cause all sorts of problems such as crooked teeth overcrowding, problems with your bite, and also causes the surrounding teeth to lean into the space where your tooth used to be.

If nothing is done to prevent your teeth from shifting, your other teeth can block the entrance of the permanent tooth when it is ready to come in. This can result in the permanent tooth being impacted and unable to penetrate through the gums. It can prevent the permanent tooth from coming in at all. 

This is where space maintainers come in, to perform the same job as the previous baby tooth. A space maintainer will hold the gap open, prevent shifting teeth, and act as a guide for the permanent tooth to know where to erupt through the gums. A space maintainer is a band and loop device made of stainless steel that connects to one of the adjacent teeth next to the gap.

circle

Do All Lost Baby Teeth Need Space Maintainers?

Technically, no. Not all baby teeth that have been lost prematurely will need space maintainers. If one of the missing teeth was located at the front of the mouth, specifically the front four upper or lower teeth, then the space will stay open until the permanent teeth erupt through the gums. Dr. Elias or Dr. Christina may also advise you to leave the space open if the permanent tooth is due to erupt soon, or if a child is unable to be cooperative during the placement of a space maintainer. 

two circlespink circle

Tooth-Colored Fillings

three circlestwo circles

We exclusively use tooth-colored fillings at Saginaw Kids Dentistry. These fillings blend in with your child’s natural teeth and are very strong and durable. They are also free of mercury, which is typically used in metal fillings and is a toxic substance.

gray circlepink circle

Nerve Treatment Options

double circle

Pulpotomies

A pulpotomy is used for baby teeth that are decayed to the nerve. It involved removing the top part of the nerve, and placing a healing medicine on the remaining nerve tissue. This allows the tooth to heal until it falls out naturally and is replaced by an adult tooth.

double circle

Pulpectomies

A pulpectomy is similar to a pulpotomy. However, instead of only removing the top part of the nerve, the entire pulp is removed, including the roots. This is necessary for tooth infections, or if a pulpotomy is not effective at saving your child's tooth. After removing the nerve, the tooth is disinfected and is filled with a healing medication. The tooth is then covered with a crown.

Expert Treatment For Kids

pink divider

Dr. Christina or Dr. Elias will recommend the proper treatments to restore your child’s oral health and well-being.

Tooth Extractions

Gentle Extractions for Problem Teeth

Rest assured, Dr. Christina and Dr. Elias are experts in pediatric tooth extractions. We make sure we take care of your child's problematic tooth in the most safe and gentle manner.

cracked tooth icon

Dental Trauma

If a tooth has been severely damaged due to an injury, it may require extraction. Kids are prone to slips and falls and while our hope is that we can help your child keep all their baby teeth till they fall out on their own, sometimes we need to intervene.

tooth extraction icon

Orthodontic Extractions

Sometimes, an extraction of a baby tooth or adult tooth may be necessary in order to make room for braces or other orthodontic treatments. This is especially true for crowded teeth.

tooth injury icon

Decayed or Infected Teeth

Severe decay or tooth infection is dangerous to the child’s health and very painful. Extraction can stop the decay and infection from spreading to neighboring teeth.

pink circle
pink circledouble circle

Space Maintainers

blue divider

If your child needs a tooth extraction, a space maintainer will usually be used to maintain the proper space between their teeth. This ensures their teeth don't shift and that their adult teeth erupt properly.

Silver Diamine Fluoride

Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF) is a conservative alternative to fillings for baby teeth. It consists of a mixture of silver, fluoride, ammonia, and water. When applied to a tooth, it halts tooth decay and prevents it from getting worse, preserving your child’s baby tooth until it’s replaced by their adult tooth.

Protect Your Child’s TEETH

The sooner you get help for your child’s oral health issues, the better the outcome will be.

little girl brushing her teeth