A comprehensive dental exam will be performed by Dr Mejia at your child’s initial dental visit. Depending on your child’s age, the following will also be included:
Professional dental cleanings (dental prophylaxis) are usually performed if your child is not at a pre-cooperative age. Your child’s initial visit and future check-up appointments will include a dental exam and the following:
A stainless steel crown (or cap) is a covering that encases the entire tooth surface. A crown protects and strengthens tooth structure that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations. Usually, a stainless steel crown is placed on a baby molar that has a large cavity and may require a pulpotomy, or ‘baby root canal’.
Although there are several types of crowns, stainless steel is used on children due to its single appointment placement and durability. They are highly durable and will last many years, but like most dental restorations, they need to be brushed regularly so that they last for the life of the baby tooth.
Reasons for crowns:
A composite (tooth colored) filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures, etc. The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed and then filled with a composite filling.
There are many types of filling materials available, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. You and your dentist can discuss the best options for restoring your teeth. Composite fillings, along with silver amalgam fillings, are the most widely used today. Because composite fillings are tooth colored, they can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth, and are more aesthetically suited for use in front teeth or the more visible areas of the teeth.
As with most dental restorations, composite fillings are not permanent and may someday have to be replaced. They are very durable, and will last many years, giving you a long lasting, beautiful smile.
Reasons for composite fillings:
It is normal to experience sensitivity to hot and cold when composite fillings are first placed, however this will subside shortly after your tooth acclimates to the new filling.
You will be given care instructions at the conclusion of your treatment. Good oral hygiene practices, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new fillings.