Sometimes it is necessary to restore your child's fractured or decayed teeth. At Live Oak Pediatric Dentistry, our Slidell pediatric dentist offers comprehensive restorative options including fillings, silver and white crowns, nerve treatments and many other minimally invasive dentistry options to fix broken or decayed teeth. With gentle techniques and a caring approach, we can restore your child's oral health so they can get back to smiling!
If your child has a cavity, it can compromise their oral health, and leave them with a lingering toothache. Dental fillings are one of the fastest, simplest, and most affordable ways to treat cavities for kids. Cavities are a big deal, even if they're only present in the baby teeth. Cavities can cause pain and discomfort and may lead to infected teeth or even tooth loss. Baby teeth are just as important as your child’s adult teeth since they help form the paths that adult teeth follow when they emerge later in life. With a dental filling, your child’s tooth will stay healthy for years to come.
If your child is suffering from a toothache, it may be a sign of an infection, but a pulpotomy may be able to relieve their discomfort in a single visit. Sometimes referred to as "baby root canals," pulpotomies can stop the infection in its tracks. Once the infected pulp has been removed, Dr. Mesa only uses a medicated filling called MTA, the best available biocompatible material, to restore your little one's oral health and alleviate their pain and sensitivity, so they can get back smiling, laughing, and just being a kid.
When it comes to restoring your child's smile, tooth extractions are reserved as a last resort. We always strive to restore damaged teeth through other treatments whenever possible. But sometimes, an extraction is the best choice to get your child’s smile back on track. An extraction can eliminate your child’s discomfort, prevent further complications, and get them back to their normal, day-to-day routine. And with gentle techniques and sedation options, extractions can be quick and pain-free!
When necessary, we also provide space maintainers to prevent unwanted tooth movement following an extraction.
If your child is struggling with breastfeeding, speech, or meeting other milestones, you are not alone! When a child has extra tissue in their frenulum it decreases mobility. Luckily, this is an easy fix. Frenectomies can be a great solution to help you and your child thrive. If your doctor recommends a frenectomy, it's because they deem it necessary to improve your child's quality of life. With our advanced CO2 laser, frenectomies are a simple and painless procedure that can solve a complex problem.
For many children, sitting still for the duration of their dental appointment can be a challenge. Others may be anxious or even fearful about visiting the dentist at all. Fortunately, sedation options can alleviate these feelings of restlessness and anxiety, so your child can get the care they need without pain or stress. Sedation can keep your little one calm and comfortable, which can help them gain a positive outlook on visiting the dentist and taking care of their oral health. If you think your child could benefit from sedation, let us know, and we'll help you find the best option for them.
When your child experiences a dental emergency, every moment counts. Providing them with timely care can accelerate their healing process and, most importantly, get them out of pain. Toothaches, broken or chipped teeth, and other issues can cause your child discomfort and interfere with their school performance, sports, and other activities. Unsure if your little one is experiencing a dental emergency? Don't hesitate to give us a call right away. Our team will help you figure out the severity of their issue, guide you through at-home care, and schedule an appointment as soon as possible, so your child can get back to being a kid. Take a look at our Parent Resources page for some useful tips if an emergency does arise.
We know that your child being happy and healthy is the most important, and when they get little bumps in the road, it can be scary! Toothaches and damaged teeth can be a huge burden for kids. If they are needing a solution to damaged or decayed teeth, pediatric dental crowns can help. Our stainless steel and white zirconia crown options are designed specifically to restore tiny teeth to their former function. Your child will no longer have discomfort and will have a solution that will last for years to come.