Why restore primary teeth? : Our child patients deserve the best dental treatment that clinicians can provide as any treatment – preventive or restorative – will shape their dental future. The objective of any restorative treatment is to:
● Repair or limit the damage of dental caries. ● Protect and preserve remaining the pulp and remaining tooth structure. ● Ensure adequate function. ● Restore aesthetics (where applicable). ● Provide ease in maintaining good oral hygiene.
In addition restoring primary teeth ensures that the natural spaces in the child’s primary dentition are retained for the developing permanent dentition.
Choice of materials : The choice of material to use in a given situation is not always simple and should not be based merely on technical considerations. Factors other than durability may be equally important in the choice of material, particularly in children.
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Age : The age of a child will influence their ability to cooperate with procedures such as rubber dam application and local anaesthesia. The age of the child will also dictate for how long a restoration is required to remain satisfactory.
A restoration in a first primary molar in a 9-year-old child does not require the same durability as a restoration in a first permanent molar in a 6-year-old child or a second primary molar in a 4-year-old child.
° Erin Mahoney, Nicky Kilpatrick, Timothy Johnston