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Pediatric Crowns and Fillings

Durable and safe restorations specially designed for children’s teeth.

Introduction to Pediatric Crowns and Fillings

Pediatric crowns and fillings are common dental treatments used to repair decayed or damaged teeth in children. These restorative procedures help maintain the health and functionality of young teeth, ensuring children can continue to eat comfortably and smile confidently.

Benefits of Pediatric Crowns and Fillings

  • Prevents Further Decay: Fillings and crowns stop decay from spreading, which can prevent the need for more invasive procedures like extractions.
  • Restores Function: Both treatments restore the integrity of damaged teeth, allowing children to chew properly without discomfort.
  • Improves Oral Health: By restoring decayed teeth, these treatments help maintain overall oral health and prevent future dental issues.
  • Aesthetic Considerations: Tooth-colored fillings and crowns can be used to maintain a natural-looking smile, which can be important for a child’s self-esteem.

Types of Pediatric Crowns and Fillings

There are several materials used for pediatric crowns and fillings, each with its own benefits:

  • Stainless Steel Crowns: Durable and cost-effective, ideal for repairing molars, the back teeth where aesthetics are less of a concern.
  • Composite Fillings: Made from a tooth-colored resin, these fillings blend in with the natural tooth, making them suitable for visible areas.
  • Porcelain Crowns: Aesthetically pleasing and robust, porcelain crowns are typically used on front teeth.
  • Pre-Veneered Stainless Steel Crowns: Combining the durability of stainless steel with a tooth-colored coating, these crowns provide a balance of aesthetics and functionality.

What to Expect During Treatment

The process for applying pediatric crowns and fillings typically involves:

  1. Examination: The dentist will first examine the child’s teeth, possibly using X-rays to assess the extent of decay or damage.
  2. Anesthesia: Local anesthesia may be used to ensure the child feels no pain during the procedure.
  3. Preparation: The affected tooth will be cleaned and prepared for the crown or filling.
  4. Placement: The filling material or crown will be placed, shaped, and polished to restore the appearance and function of the tooth.

Post-Treatment Care

After receiving a crown or filling, it's important for children to maintain good oral hygiene. Parents should supervise brushing and flossing to ensure the treated area remains clean and to prevent new decay. Regular dental check-ups are also crucial to monitor the health of the child's teeth and the integrity of the restoration.

Schedule Your Child’s Dental Appointment

If you suspect your child may need a crown or filling, or you want to ensure their teeth remain healthy, contact us today to schedule an appointment. Our pediatric dental team is committed to providing gentle, effective treatments to maintain your child’s dental health and comfort.

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