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.

the importance of space maintainers

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

fissure sealant importance

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.

baby crown placement

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.

pulpotomy steps and indications