Restorations for Children
Restorative Dentistry for Children
Visit North Scottsdale's pediatric dentist, Noel W. Korf, DDS to restore your child's oral health
As children grow, their dental needs do as well. North Scottsdale Pediatric dentist, Dr. Noel Korf understands the changing needs of children and the different developmental stages each mouth goes through. Our dental office offers dental treatments and education to children from ages one to 18. We treat and educate minors to ensure an adulthood of beautiful, healthy smiles
What is Restorative Dentistry for Children?
Restorative dentistry for children will recover a tooth’s health and put strength back into the patient’s bite. Primary teeth play an important role in a child’s development including learning to eat and speak. As adult teeth emerge, a pediatric dentist watches a patient’s bit, gum health and works with both child and parent to protect new teeth.
Composite fillings are used to strengthen the tooth after Dr. Korf treats the cavity. Using a special bonding technique, a composite filling will protect the tooth better than silver fillings.
Crowns are used to protect or cap a tooth that has been severely damaged. If there is a large surface area damaged by a cavity or several small ones, a crown will provide a more durable restoration to a child’s primary tooth. Crowns are also used to cap a tooth that has gone through a root canal.
Root canal treatment will save a severely damaged tooth. Pediatric dentists will perform root canals on important primary teeth and secondary teeth in order to protect bite development and sustain good oral health. By treating the nerves and inner pulp of a tooth, the bulk of the tooth is preserved. This plays an important role in maintaining proper bite development.
Extractions are performed when a tooth cannot be saved. Depending on the age of the child and the tooth needing extraction, Dr. Korf might suggest that a space maintainer be used to preserve the health of surrounding and emerging teeth.
Space maintainers are used to hold adjacent healthy secondary teeth in place after a primary tooth has been removed. Dr. Korf will temporarily attach the spacer to the adjacent adult tooth to prevent shifting towards the open area. Once the space has been filled by the growing tooth, the spacer is removed.
Dr. Korf will work to restore health back into the tooth before opting to extract it. Restorative procedures are most always done with a local anesthetic to alleviate pain and discomfort during restorative procedures. Primary teeth play a large role in a child’s development so a pediatric dentist will work to preserve their health as best as possible and routine cleanings are encouraged to help minimize any necessary treatment.
North Scottsdale, AZ Children’s Dentist
Dr. Noel Korf brings over 30 years of education and experience to his North Scottsdale pediatric practice. Working with patients and their parents, Dr. Korf and his dedicated staff will work to educate patients and their parents to preserve primary teeth and prevent function and aesthetic problems for emerging adult teeth.
If you are looking for a pediatric dentist in North Scottsdale, contact the office of Noel W. Korf, DDS to schedule an appointment. Together, we will work to restore and preserve the health of your child’s oral health.