IN KEENE, NH
OUR RESTORATIVE PHILOSOPHY
At Montshire Pediatric Dentistry we work with patients and parents on preventing the need for treatment intervention. Sometimes though, even with the best home care and hygiene, restorative treatment is still necessary. Often there are other factors that contribute to tooth decay, or maybe a tooth is knocked out in play or broken in a fall. If we do reach the point where restoration is needed, Dr. Norris believes in presenting treatment options and communicating with both parent and patient to determine the best course of action.
Historically, restorative procedures in pediatric dentistry have been pretty stressful for both the child and the parent. We are passionate about changing those experiences for our patients. Dr. Norris believes that parents should be involved in treatment and will always allow you to be with your child throughout their procedure. He will work with you to discuss the particular needs of your child. And as a team, you will map out the best methods to ensure the restorative procedure is as comfortable, calm and stress-free as possible.
HERE'S WHAT THE DOC SAYS...
My goal is always prevention. But in those cases when tooth restoration is needed, there are a variety of options. Regardless of whether it is a filling, crown, or other procedure, I always invite parents to be involved in the process. By having the parent in the room and actively participating in making it a fun experience we avoid creating anxiety that can emerge in adulthood as dental phobia. I aim to make each restoration painless and as fun as possible.
IS RESTORATION NEEDED ON BABY TEETH?
We often hear parents ask, “Why should we restore a baby tooth if it is just going to fall out anyway?” and that is a great question. Primary teeth, or baby teeth, serve an important role even though they are temporary. Our first set of teeth allow us to eat a full diet and get proper nutrition affecting our quality of life and healthy development. Additionally, baby teeth act as placeholders for incoming adult teeth. For those reasons, we want to make every effort to keep those teeth until their job is done.
Cavities can cause pain and even infections for children and we obviously want to help avoid both for our patients. If we find the decay to be persistent, we would recommend removing it doing a filling to alleviate those concerns and the need for a possible extraction down the road. There are several options for filling material and it can depend on several factors which material Dr. Norris will recommend.
OTHER RESTORATIVE OPTIONS
Restoring the baby tooth allows development to progress and the baby tooth can do its job and fall out naturally when it’s time. If too much of the tooth structure needs to be removed because of decay, a crown may be necessary to protect the tooth from further damage. And if the tooth has been lost due to trauma, there are restorative procedures that help maintain the space for proper development and alignment of adult dentition.
Regardless of the restorative procedure necessary, you can feel confident that Dr. Norris will present all treatment options and answer any questions about how each option can affect your child's oral health long term.
COMMUNICATION CHANGES EVERYTHING
"If you can't explain it to a six-year-old, you don't understand it yourself" - Albert Einstein.
We believe strongly that the dental experience during a restorative procedure is equally as important for your child’s development as the intervention method itself. Our team will work patiently and compassionately with every parent and child. Communicating what to expect before, during and after a restorative procedure. Our goal is to provide a positive outcome and guard against any future dental fears or anxieties.