Restorative Dentistry

Hardie Dentistry for Kids

Willie Hardie, DDS

Pediatric Dentist located in Vancouver, WA

Even in baby teeth, it’s important to fix dental problems and decay before they turn into complicated issues. Dr. Willie M. Hardie and the expert pediatric dental team at Hardie Dentistry for Kids in Vancouver, Washington, offer a variety of tooth restorations, including bridges, crowns, fillings, and therapeutic pulpotomies. If your child has tooth damage or decay, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Restorative Dentistry Q & A

What is restorative pediatric dentistry?

If your child’s primary (baby) teeth become damaged or decayed, Dr. Hardie and his team may recommend restoring the tooth. Restorative dentistry protects and preserves your child’s baby teeth to promote optimal oral health while permanent teeth develop.

The skilled team at Hardie Dentistry for Kids offers the following tooth restoration treatments:

  • Stainless steel and composite strip crowns
  • Tooth-colored fillings
  • Dental bonding
  • Therapeutic pulpotomy (baby root canal)

Why would my child need a tooth restoration?

Dr. Hardie and his team use restorative dentistry to correct a number of tooth problems your child might experience, such as:

  • Severe tooth decay
  • Chipped tooth
  • Cracked or fractured tooth
  • Worn down or weak tooth enamel

What are the benefits of restorative dentistry?

Although baby teeth are temporary, they’re crucial for maintaining optimal oral health while your child grows and develops. Restoring baby teeth offers many benefits to your child, including:

  • Learning to chew correctly
  • Speaking without dental interference
  • Maintaining space for permanent teeth to grow in

What is a baby root canal?

A therapeutic pulpotomy — sometimes called a baby root canal — involves removing decayed or damaged tissue from inside your child’s tooth’s chamber.

The term “baby root canal” is actually misleading, since the pulp removal stops before the root structures of your child’s baby tooth begins.

If your child experiences a tooth injury or severe decay that threatens the tooth’s integrity, the Hardie Dentistry team may recommend a therapeutic pulpotomy — as well as a crown after the procedure — to save the tooth.

What happens during a restorative dentistry procedure?

Dr. Hardie and his team are experts in pediatric dentistry who have extensive experience working with children. They focus on a gentle, friendly approach to make you and your child feel comfortable throughout treatment.

The process begins with a comprehensive dental exam that may include X-rays. If Dr. Hardie or a member of his team discover a problem that requires a restorative treatment, they discuss the best options with you.

Unless there’s a dental emergency, they don’t perform the treatment at your child’s first visit.

Depending on your child’s needs, the Hardie Dentistry team creates a customized treatment plan that may include crowns, fillings, or a therapeutic pulpotomy.

For compassionate restorative pediatric dental care, call Hardie Dentistry for Kids or book an appointment online.