Pediatric Dentistry

If a primary tooth is lost prematurely the other teeth around it can drift and cause crowding. To keep this crowding from occurring a space maintainer can be used whenever a primary tooth is lost early. The space maintainer will remain in place until the back permanent teeth begin to erupt at which time it is easily removed.

A sealant is a white protective coating that is painted into the pits and fissures of the molars and sometimes premolars to help prevent cavities. A sealant acts as a barrier to food, plaque and acid. It helps protect from decay in the deep grooves, and helps to maintain a surface that is easy to clean

Preformed stainless steel crowns are still the preferred choice for whole or partial replacements of teeth. They are a very durable and reliable restoration for a tooth in need of complete coverage. Typically, stainless steel crowns are designed to provide long-term coverage of primary molar teeth and long-term provisional coverage of first permanent molar teeth.

he pulp contains nerves, blood vessels, connective tissue and reparative cells. A pulpotomy helps to maintain the vitality of a tooth while removing a portion of the pulp tissue that has been affected by decay. A tooth that has had a pulpotomy generally requires a final restoration with a stainless steel crown.