When it comes to pediatric dentistry in the Aitkin and Crosby, MN, areas, there's only one name you need to know - River Oaks Dental. Serving the area for over 40 years, we've always made it a goal to ensure that the children in our community are able to receive high-quality dental care in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere.
Contact us at either of our offices in Aitkin
or Crosby, MN
, for more information or to schedule an appointment for your child.
Dentistry sealants are used to fill narrow grooves in a tooth that cannot be adequately cleaned by brushing. In some cases, the tooth structure has fine grooves or pits which accumulate plaque, not because the person doesn't brush, but because they're too narrow to allow even one bristle into them.
To avoid cavities developing over time, the dentist will brush on a coating that seals the grooves and pits, making it possible to brush off all the plaque and keep your teeth healthy.
A pulpotomy or pulpectomy is made necessary when an untreated cavity reaches all the way to the pulp. Treatment may also be needed when deep restorations or trauma to a tooth cause nerve damage.
Once the pulp becomes infected, it can begin to eat away at the surrounding bone (this is known as an abscess). If the pulp is infected, not only is it painful but it will require treatment as it cannot heal on its own. Symptoms that indicate the pulp has become infected may include sensitivity to hot / cold or sweets, pain, swelling, pain to biting or pressure, and a bad taste in the mouth.
Sometimes no symptoms are apparent and you may be unaware of any problem until a checkup. A pulpotomy or pulpectomy is performed to clean out the infected tooth pulp and disinfect the canals of the tooth. Alternate treatment would be to extract the tooth. Once the infection is resolved, the canal is filled in to prevent any further infection.
Your dentist can provide more details and discuss each option with you so that your child is getting the individualized treatment they need.