shirley kids dental crown

Does your little one often talk about a toothache? If so, then we may need to place a dental crown to treat a cavity and bring relief. In fact, we often create one that looks natural! In today’s blog. Your Shirley, NY, pediatric dentist and orthodontist talks about when a tooth could use a dental crown.

The Causes of Aching Teeth in Little Smiles

The warning signs of a cavity often include tooth sensitivity and toothaches, but once your child has an aching tooth, the decay has likely reached a more advanced stage, and infection could occur without treatment. The cavity forms when harmful bacteria reach the inner dentin, which can happen when the outer enamel is compromised. This may develop due to improper brushing and flossing, a diet high in sugar and starch, and infrequent visits for a professional dental cleaning. When they have pain, treatment is necessary quickly! Likewise, a damaged tooth could cause the same painful symptoms too.

Creating and Placing Dental Crowns

When your child arrives, we will make sure he or she feels comfortable and welcomed. We will discuss the treatment and what tools we’ll use, answer any questions your little one may have. Our team will provide a local anesthetic to ensure your child is comfortable as we remove decay and clean the tooth. We then remove outer structure and take impressions. Instead of metal, we use options like ceramic that are metal-free and safe for all ages, and can be color matched to blend with the tooth seamlessly. We then attach the crown with a powerful bonding agent.

Steps to Avoid Cavities

Kids can also take steps to lower the risk of cavities and injury. First, make sure they start and end and each day by brushing for at least two minutes. Each session should also involve the use of a fluoride toothpaste, a rice sized amount for kids three and younger, a pea sized amount for kids over the age of three. Flossing every evening is necessary too, as this removes what a toothbrush cannot reach. Lower their consumption of sugar and starch too, and make time for them to see us every six months for a checkup and cleaning visit too. They should also wear mouthguard when playing sports or martial arts to prevent damage!

Make a Visit With Your Shirley, NY, Orthodontist and Pediatric Dentist!

We would like to help kids enjoy healthy and strong smiles with a dental restoration. To learn more about treating cavities in only one appointment, then contact Shirley Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry in Shirley, NY, by calling (631) 399-1600.