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March 06, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Find out why your little one may actually need to get a dental crowns

While it’s not common for many people to assume that children will benefit from dental crowns, there are actually quite a few situations in which this dental restoration could actually improve your child’s smile. Our Lake Havasu, AZ, family dentist is here to tell you more about dental crowns and how they might be a boon to your child’s oral health.

To Protect Baby Teeth

Children begin to lose their baby teeth by around six years old; however, some teeth take much longer to fall out (this is often the case with molars, which don’t often fall out until your child is 12 or 13 years old). Of course, if a baby tooth falls out much sooner than it should this could cause an issue with the alignment of your child’s smile.

It’s our job as your Lake Havasu, AZ, family dentist to make sure that if your child is dealing with a cracked, fractured or weak baby tooth that we place a dental crown over it to protect it until it naturally falls out. This could prevent the need for more elaborate and complex orthodontic treatment down the road.

When a Filling Isn’t Enough

It’s not uncommon for children to face decay at some point during their childhood. With the rise in sugar consumption we are seeing more and more children developing cavities.

While maintaining good oral hygiene and routine care is essential to protecting against decay and gum disease, if we discover that your child is dealing with extensive decay that a dental filling won’t be able to fully support then we may recommend placing a dental crown over the tooth.

If a Tooth Requires Root Canal Therapy 

No matter whether it’s a baby tooth or a permanent tooth, if your child is dealing with a toothache it’s important that you bring them in for treatment as soon as possible. One common cause of a toothache is an inflamed or infected dental pulp, a structure that lies within the tooth.

Once the pulp is infected it will need to be removed during a procedure known as root canal therapy. Of course, once the tooth has been treated it will require additional support and stability, which a dental crown will be able to provide.

Do you have questions about dental crowns? Do you need to schedule your child’s six-month cleaning? Then turn to the caring and compassionate family dentists at Cosmic Kids Dentistry in Lake Havasu, AZ.

July 14, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Have you ever wondered if it was really necessary to fill a baby tooth that would soon be lost? The family dentists at Cosmic Kids Dentistryrestorative dentistry in Lake Havasu City, AZ, explain how fillings and other restorative cosmetic dentistry treatments protect your child's smile.

Why are restorative cosmetic dentistry treatments needed?

Restorative treatments restore decayed areas of primary (baby) and secondary sets of teeth and are also used to strengthen and stabilize teeth and improve their appearance. The treatments are important even if tooth decay or damage occurs in a baby tooth. A baby tooth holds a space in your child's mouth for the secondary tooth that will replace it and also helps guide the newly erupted secondary tooth into place.

Teeth also play an important role in speech development. If your child is missing teeth, he or she may develop a lisp or may have difficulty pronouncing certain words. Restoring teeth also makes chewing easier. If your child finds it difficult to chew, he or she may not be able to eat the variety of foods needed to stay healthy.

What types of restorative treatments do children typically receive?

Treatments vary depending on the condition of the tooth, but may include:

  • Fillings: After the decayed portion of the tooth is removed, fillings fill and seal the space in the tooth and restore the chewing surface. Either silver amalgam or tooth-colored composite resin fillings may be used to fill your child's teeth in our Lake Havasu City office. If decay affects front teeth or tooth roots, glass ionomer fillings may be used.
  • Crowns: Crowns may be needed if tooth decay is extensive or if a tooth is broken or cracked. Crowns are hollow inside and slip over your child's teeth. Also called caps, these restorations not only restore broken teeth but prevent cracks from progressing to fractures.
  • Root Canal Therapy: Root canal therapy is needed if tooth pulp becomes inflamed or infected. Without the therapy, your child will lose his or her tooth. After the pulp is removed, the tooth functions normally and can be used to chew and bite once again.

Restorative dentistry treatments help keep your child's teeth healthy. If your child complains of tooth pain or has injured a tooth, call the family dentists at Cosmic Kids Dentistry in Lake Havasu City, AZ, at (928) 855-7717 to schedule an appointment.

November 11, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Find out how crowns and bridges can be used to repair your smile for the long term.

A damaged tooth has the potential to spell disaster for anyone’s smile, but when it comes to your child’s smile it may feel rather dental crownsconfusing. How do you handle a child’s damaged or severely decayed permanent tooth? Let our Lake Havasu, AZ, pediatric dentists answer all of these questions and more. Find out when a crown or bridge might benefit your child.

Why might my little one need a dental crown?

This is a great question and one we hear quite a bit from parents. A dental crown is most often used in children whose permanent teeth have already come in. Your child might need to get a dental crown from one of our Lake Havasu children’s dentists if they have:

  • A severely decayed tooth that a dental filling won’t be able to properly restore
  • A tooth that is malformed or misshapen
  • A tooth that is damaged or weakened by trauma or an infection
  • A dental implant that needs to be covered

If your little one still has their baby teeth, a dental crown may be used to save a tooth that is badly damaged or decayed or to protect teeth if your child is at high-risk for developing decay.

Just like with adults, children can choose from different kinds of dental crowns, from stainless steel to porcelain. We can help you determine which dental crown is right for your child’s needs.

Does my child need a dental bridge?

If your child is already missing a permanent tooth then a dental bridge may be the best option for restoring their smile. Any child who is missing one to three teeth in a row could benefit from a dental bridge. There are different types of bridges available, but they require dental crowns to help support the false tooth. Tooth loss can affect your child’s speech, bite and ability to chew properly, but a dental bridge can prevent these issues.

Cosmic Kids Dentistry is here to ensure that children in Lake Havasu, AZ, get the dental care they need at their disposal. It’s important to keep your child’s smile healthy for the future and we are here to help however possible.