Pediatric Crowns (Stainless Steel or White Zirconia)
A Stainless Steel or White Zirconia Crown may be recommended for your child after a baby root canal is performed or if there is extensive damage to a back baby tooth from cavities or trauma. They are recommended when a traditional filling is not considered strong enough to protect the tooth until it will naturally fall out. (Keep in mind that the baby molars do not fall out until 11-14 years of age) The difference between stainless steel and white crowns is mostly cosmetic but the pros and cons to each crown can be discussed with your child’s doctor prior to placing it.
Baby Root Canals (aka Pulpotomy or Pulpectomy)
A cavity that involves the nerve (pulp) of the tooth may cause a child to experience intense pain. Although the pain may actually subside for a period of time using ibuprofen or antibiotics, it will return unless the tooth is properly treated. When the nerve of the tooth is infected, it must be treated to restore the child to good dental health.
A dental extraction, which is often referred to as getting a tooth pulled, is a common procedure performed by pediatric dentists. Extractions may be necessary due to extensive dental cavities causing pain or infection, dental trauma or for orthodontic reasons. Most extractions are easy and routine and can be performed within the comfort and familiarity of our office. If Dr. Loren or Dr. Natasha feels that the extraction is more complicated, your child may be referred to an Oral Surgeon.
Mercury Free White Fillings
We care about the safety of dental materials and will not place mercury containing silver (amalgam) fillings. Instead we place BPA-free white (composite fillings) which are safe and aesthetic. They look so great that no one will know your child had a cavity. SHHH!