At Saginaw Kids Dentistry, our board-certified pediatric dental specialists offer all restorative treatment options. Some options may not be the right fit for every child or every tooth. By focusing on minimally invasive techniques, Dr. Christina and Dr. Elias can ensure your child is always safe and comfortable.
Zirconia crowns are strong, tooth colored crowns that look and feel like natural teeth. These crowns are ideal for cosmetics for front and back baby teeth. These crowns are more brittle than stainless steel crowns, so not every baby tooth can have this type of crown.
Stainless steel crowns are only used in back baby teeth that will fall out naturally in the future. They are very durable and resistant to chewing and biting.
The biggest benefit of white stainless steel crowns is that they have the durable component of stainless steel as well as the cosmetic tooth-colored veneer on the front. They offer the same benefits as stainless steel crowns, but have a much more natural, tooth-like appearance.
Restorative dentistry involves restoring the appearance, function, and structure of missing, damaged, or severely decayed teeth and treating oral diseases. Damaged teeth can cause significant aesthetic and functional problems. It can be difficult to speak clearly or eat and if your tooth is damaged or infected, it could be causing you a lot of pain.
At Saginaw Kids Dentistry, we offer a wide variety of restorative dental treatments, such as root canal therapy to treat damaged or infected dental pulp, tooth replacement options for missing teeth, dental crowns which are used to protect vulnerable teeth from damage, fillings that treat cavities, and space maintainers which hold space in the mouth for permanent teeth to come in when a baby tooth has been lost prematurely.
It’s a common misperception that losing baby teeth prematurely won’t cause any long-term oral health problems and therefore doesn’t need to be replaced. However, this is untrue. Baby teeth serve a specific and important purpose aside from maintaining the cosmetic appearance of a full smile and the functional use of the tooth.
Baby teeth are placeholders for permanent teeth. When a tooth is lost, it leads to jaw bone loss. Bone deterioration results in shifting teeth and changes to the facial structure. When the teeth shift, it can cause all sorts of problems such as crooked teeth overcrowding, problems with your bite, and also causes the surrounding teeth to lean into the space where your tooth used to be.
If nothing is done to prevent your teeth from shifting, your other teeth can block the entrance of the permanent tooth when it is ready to come in. This can result in the permanent tooth being impacted and unable to penetrate through the gums. It can prevent the permanent tooth from coming in at all.
This is where space maintainers come in, to perform the same job as the previous baby tooth. A space maintainer will hold the gap open, prevent shifting teeth, and act as a guide for the permanent tooth to know where to erupt through the gums. A space maintainer is a band and loop device made of stainless steel that connects to one of the adjacent teeth next to the gap.
Technically, no. Not all baby teeth that have been lost prematurely will need space maintainers. If one of the missing teeth was located at the front of the mouth, specifically the front four upper or lower teeth, then the space will stay open until the permanent teeth erupt through the gums. Dr. Elias or Dr. Christina may also advise you to leave the space open if the permanent tooth is due to erupt soon, or if a child is unable to be cooperative during the placement of a space maintainer.
Dr. Christina or Dr. Elias will recommend the proper treatments to restore your child’s oral health and well-being.
Rest assured, Dr. Christina and Dr. Elias are experts in pediatric tooth extractions. We make sure we take care of your child's problematic tooth in the most safe and gentle manner.
If a tooth has been severely damaged due to an injury, it may require extraction. Kids are prone to slips and falls and while our hope is that we can help your child keep all their baby teeth till they fall out on their own, sometimes we need to intervene.
Sometimes, an extraction of a baby tooth or adult tooth may be necessary in order to make room for braces or other orthodontic treatments. This is especially true for crowded teeth.
Severe decay or tooth infection is dangerous to the child’s health and very painful. Extraction can stop the decay and infection from spreading to neighboring teeth.
The sooner you get help for your child’s oral health issues, the better the outcome will be.