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The goal of children’s dentistry is to help your son or daughter develop a healthy smile as they grow into adolescence. By teaching them the skills to take care of their smile at home, we hope to prevent decay from damaging their teeth. But even with the best intentions, your child can develop a cavity from time to time. When decay grows too large to repair with a simple filling, we could place a dental crown to cap the tooth and restore its bite.  By resealing their injury, we prevent infection from taking hold and help your little one maintain their alignment.

At your Shirley, NY pediatric dentist and orthodontist, we love putting smiles on little faces. When you bring your child to receive a more involved procedure like capping their tooth, we take special care to ensure their comfort and help them feel secure. By returning their bite, we can maintain the proper growth of their jaw and position of all teeth until it is time for the baby tooth to naturally fall out.

Restoring A Child’s Damaged Tooth

When a tooth becomes damaged significantly enough to require a crown, it is usually the result of advanced decay or physical trauma. If decay is caught early enough, we can often repair it with a simple filling, but plaque can disintegrate enamel in certain areas where a filling does not offer enough stability. This is when we suggest designing a custom cap that recreates the appearance and strength of their tooth above the entire gumline. We may also suggest this restoration after removing a child’s tooth infection.

Creating And Placing Their Crown

When designing your child’s restoration, we take into account the size and location to help us select materials. For molars that take a significant amount of force, we could suggest a porcelain-fused-to-metal material that gives additional support to reinforce their bite. For a child’s tooth in the front visible portion of their smile, we use all porcelain to naturally blend the cap with the rest of their natural teeth.

Before placing the new restoration, we will test that it fits comfortably in their mouth and make any necessary adjustments. Using a powerful bonding agent, we attach the crown to the prepared tooth and polish it to complete the procedure. This should maintain your child’s tooth until it is ready to naturally fall out.

Speak With Your Shirley, NY, Orthodontist and Pediatric Dentist About Repairing Your Child’s Tooth   

When you make your child’s smile care a priority, you can help teach habits that last a lifetime. By taking decay seriously, you can help them maintain their smiles and enjoy healthy bites. To find out more about the services we offer for kids, please contact Shirley Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry in Shirley, NY, by calling (631) 399-1600.