Cosmetic Dental Surgery for Children
- Posted on: Dec 29 2015
Ravaged by Cavities: Children and Cosmetic Surgery
While the adage “prevention is better than cure” is particularly true in caring for a child’s teeth, is a matter of fact that many children suffer from cavities. In many cases, cavities even make seemingly irreparable damage to children’s teeth. While seeing a child’s baby teeth ravaged by cavities can worry a parent, it shouldn’t be a cause of despair because damaged baby teeth will be replaced in due time.
It’s different when cavities severely affect a child’s permanent teeth, though. In this case, parents have to actively look for ways to undo the unsightly damage on the set of teeth that their children will carry for life. Fortunately, modern dentistry has made cosmetic dental procedures a safe option for children. Here are some of the common cosmetic dental surgeries that restore the damage caused by cavities.
- Crowns – Using a crown or cap is the most convenient and easiest way to restore dental function to a tooth damaged by cavities. It is used on teeth that can no longer benefit from cleaning, fillings, or other common dental procedures. A crown is a dental device that encases the tooth’s surface, restoring it to its original size and shape, and protecting it from external damage. It usually takes 2 sessions to fit a child with dental caps.
- Dental implants – Dental implants offer a permanent solution to unsalvageable cavity-riddled teeth. Meant to replace missing teeth, dental implants are usually made up of 2 parts: a tooth prosthesis and a root made of titanium that will be attached to the bone. Dental implants can replace anywhere from 1 tooth to an entire smile. This procedure can be an excellent option for teens whose jaws have already stopped growing.
- Dentures – Missing baby teeth due to cavities can also impede the development of a child’s speech. Dentures, which are closely designed to resemble natural teeth, can fill up empty spaces and prevent neighboring teeth from shifting.
- Veneer – Veneers are thin and durable pieces of porcelain that are shaped to suit the patient’s teeth. Considered the pinnacle of cosmetic dental surgery, veneers are a solution to discolored, misaligned, damaged, or crooked teeth. It takes a minimum of 2 visits to install the veneer. It is a non-permanent fixture that requires regular maintenance from your child’s dentist.
Set an appointment with Dr. Frey to discuss the best options to restore your child’s damaged teeth by calling (310) 276-4537 today. After treatment, you can be sure to look forward to brighter and healthier smiles from your kids.