Pediatric Restorative Dentistry

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At Novato Children's Dentistry, we specialize in pediatric restorative dentistry, dedicated to repairing and restoring the natural function and appearance of your child's teeth. Our comprehensive approach addresses both immediate dental issues and long-term oral health, ensuring your child's smile remains bright and healthy through all stages of their development.

Our team is dedicated to restoring the health, function, and appearance of your child's smile.

We utilize the latest in dental technology and techniques to ensure that every treatment is as effective, comfortable, and minimally invasive as possible. Whether your child needs a simple filling, a dental crown, or more complex care, we are equipped to provide high-quality, compassionate care.

What is Pediatric Restorative Dentistry?

Dental caries, known as cavities or tooth decay, is the number one infectious disease of children. It is not uncommon for children to develop dental decay, especially when we consider that primary teeth, also known as baby teeth, are smaller, thinner, less dense and calcified, and children’s diets are high in carbohydrates, sugars and snacking. If your child should have a small cavity or even an infected tooth, Dr. Espinosa and Dr. DeSimini will provide the utmost in quality restorative treatment to maintain the form and function of the mouth.

Pediatric restorative dentistry focuses on the repair of tooth damage or decay and the restoration of the tooth’s function and appearance. Our services range from simple fillings to more complex procedures like crowns and baby tooth root canals, all designed with the unique needs of children in mind.

The Importance of Restorative Dentistry in Children

Addressing dental issues early on is crucial for preventing more serious complications in the future. Restorative dentistry not only improves oral health but also enhances your child's overall well-being and self-esteem by ensuring they have a healthy, confident smile.

Our Pediatric Restorative Dentistry Services

  • Composite restorations: also known as tooth colored fillings, this is a material that can restore teeth esthetically after infection or trauma.
  • Full coverage crowns: stainless steel or porcelain crowns are used to restore teeth after nerve treatment or trauma, and to restore large cavities.
  • Pulpotomies/Pulpectomies: Also known as a "baby tooth root canal”. Root canal treatments on primary teeth are performed when the cavity extends to the nerve of the tooth. This helps to maintain the integrity of the tooth until the tooth is lost naturally. This treatment removes damaged or infected pulp tissue from within a tooth, preserving its structure and preventing the spread of infection.
  • Groper appliance: If a patient should lose an anterior tooth to infection or trauma, then a children’s cemented partial denture may be an option to maintain esthetics and speech.
  • Space Maintainers: If a patient should lose a primary molar early, a small bonded retainer can help to maintain the space for the permanent tooth until its time of eruption.

Why Choose Novato Children's Dentistry for Restorative Care?

  1. Child-Centric Approach: Our treatments are specifically tailored to the needs of children, ensuring that every procedure is as comfortable, painless, and anxiety-free as possible.
  2. Advanced Technology: We utilize the latest in dental technology to provide safer, faster, and more effective treatments, minimizing discomfort and recovery time.
  3. Compassionate Care: Our team of pediatric dental specialists is committed to creating a warm, welcoming environment where children and parents feel informed, supported, and at ease.

During restorative treatment on younger patients, Dr. Espinosa and Dr. DeSimini will use behavior guiding techniques such as “Tell-Show-Do”, “Distractions”, “Breathing Techniques”, and “Meditative Tones” to get them through the procedure, which will help to provide a more positive experience. 

Parents are more than welcome to be present during these procedures as long as the parent is a silent observer. Any interaction with the child by a parent can disconnect the interaction that Dr. Espinosa or Dr. DeSimini has established with the patient to get him or her through the treatment. Some kids do better without Mom or Dad in the room, while other kids do better after watching a sibling go first. Each situation is unique to every child and your pediatric dentists will recommend the best technique based on initial exam and previous visits.

Schedule Your Child's Consultation Today

If your child is in need of restorative dental care, trust Novato Children's Dentistry to provide the expert care they deserve. Contact us today to learn more about our restorative dentistry services or to schedule a consultation. Together, we can restore your child's smile and ensure it remains healthy for years to come.