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Fillings, Crowns, and Root Canals for Children in Lancaster, OH
At Lancaster Pediatric Dentistry, our first goal is to prevent tooth decay. When cavities come, as they always do, we'll do everything we can to take care of the problem as easily and effectively as possible. Depending on how extensive damage to a tooth is, Pediatric dentist Dr. Draney will use different procedures to repair it.
Fillings - Most cavities can be repaired using a simple filling. This involves drilling out the damaged tissue of the tooth and replacing it with a white composite material. The procedure prevents further damage to the tooth and the composite resin blends in nicely with your child's natural teeth. These are effective and inexpensive ways of dealing with damaged teeth both for your child's primary (baby) and permanent teeth.
Crowns - Sometimes the damage to a tooth is extensive enough to affect its ability to chew, the look of the tooth, or its overall strength. A dental crown is a cap we can place over a damaged tooth to restore its natural look and/or function. We use crowns in many situations including the following:
- To protect a tooth that has been weakened by a cavity or crack.
- To restore the chewing ability of a damaged tooth.
- To support a dental bridge.
- To improve the appearance of a chipped or discolored tooth.
- To prevent further tooth decay in a child's primary teeth.
For a child's primary teeth, we recommend crowns made from stainless steel. They are temporary solutions that can be completed in one visit and are very cost-effective. In other cases, we may use ceramic, porcelain-fused-to-metal, or resin crowns.
Root Canals - Occasionally, tooth decay can reach the root of a tooth causing pain and risking more extensive infection. A root canal is a way to remove infected tissue and save the tooth. This is a last resort Dr. Draney will consider if he believes the infection is beyond the reach of other treatments.
Dr. Draney is experienced in repairing damaged teeth for children of all ages. We recommend bringing your child in twice a year for a dental checkup so we can locate cavities in their earliest stages and take care of them before they become major problems. Whatever the procedure needed, we will take care to make your child as comfortable as possible and encourage them in keeping up good oral hygiene habits.