Restorative Care

Restorative dentistry is any dental procedure that repairs (or restores) damaged areas of the mouth. This includes fillings, bridges, and implants among several other treatments. Restorative dentistry does not include services that are considered cosmetic, like veneers or whitening.

Restorative Dental Procedures

Restorative dentistry is meant to prevent and treat diseases of the teeth so that they can be restored to the best health possible. This means repairing or replacing teeth that are damaged or defective. Procedures include:

Nerve treatment, also known as pulpotomy
Silver or white fillings in one or more teeth
Tooth extraction
Silver stainless steel crowns
Space maintainers

The Parent or Guardian’s Role

When your child is undergoing any type of restorative dentistry procedure, their parent or guardian should work to keep their child calm. Staying calm will help them feel more comfortable. We also recommend the following:

01 Comfort Item

Bring a “comfort” item from home such as a blanket or stuffed animal

02 Explain

Explain the process of the treatment and its benefits

03 Be Available

Stay nearby in case we need to reach out to a family member

Follow-Up Visits and At-Home Care

After a restorative procedure has been done, parents should abide by the following guidelines:

  • For minor pain or swelling, give your child Tylenol® or Motrin®
  • Only have them eat cold or soft foods for 3 hours following the procedure
  • Have them brush and floss the normal amount
  • Normal activity can resume right away unless sedation or anesthesia is used.
  • For crowns, your child should avoid sticky foods and candy until the crowns fall out naturally.

At Children’s Dentistry of Council Bluffs, we strive to give every child the best dental experience possible. We know that a good pediatric dentist can make all the difference in your child’s oral health. That’s why we treat every patient with the care and compassion they deserve.