We recommend children begin going to the dentist around their second birthday so they can get used to being in the dental office and begin setting the foundations for a healthy smile. At Ash Family Dental, we understand that some children may get nervous, but here they don’t have to worry—our friendly team is gentle, kind, and strive to make sure children are always relaxed and comfortable in our care. Our goal is to have your child come in and leave with a smile!
Setting the Foundation for a Lifetime of Healthy Smiles!
Stainless Steel Crowns
When a baby tooth is extensively decayed and using other filling materials isn’t likely to be successful, we recommend restoring the tooth with a stainless steel crown especially if the tooth has received pulpal therapy. After removing the decay, your dentist will fit and cement a prefabricated crown made of stainless steel over the tooth. Some advantages of stainless steel crowns are that they are less likely to need retreatment, they provide full coverage protection for the tooth and durability.
For children who are particularly anxious or require more extensive treatment, we offer sedation options. Dr. Moira Tucker is our pediatric anesthesiologist. She is an expert in providing stress-free sedation options for children so that they can have a comfortable and safe experience at our office, while we perform the treatments they need for a healthy smile. Your child will be asleep and carefully monitored by our team and Dr. Tucker throughout the procedure.
If the pulp of the tooth is involved in a filling or stainless steel crown procedure, the dentist may also need to perform pulpal therapy before placing the filling or crown. But rest assured it is quite common, even for young permanent teeth. Pulpal therapy is needed when a tooth’s pulp is infected, impacting the nerves in the tooth. During the procedure, we remove the infected pulp, disinfect the canals to eliminate any remaining bacteria, and fill the tooth with a medicated material to protect further damage.