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What Is A Pediatric Crown and Why Does My Child Need One?

Baby teeth that get decay shouldn’t be ignored just because that tooth will eventually fall out when the adult tooth erupts. If decay in baby teeth is not treated, it can lead to pain and infection. Infections can lead to the need for extraction. It is always preferable to treat and retain a child’s primary teeth whenever possible. Dental treatment of primary teeth is every bit as important as treatment of adult teeth and will start your child on the road to excellent dental health.

When children’s primary teeth have decay, that decay must be removed in order to preserve the health of the tooth. The decayed portion of the tooth that is removed is replaced with a filling material. When a tooth has excessive decay on many surfaces, or the cavity is very deep, it may require a crown, (a steel or ceramic tooth replacement), as opposed to a routine filling. This becomes necessary when there is so much decay that placing a filling would not be successful. If much of the tooth structure is removed, it may not be strong enough to withstand chewing and grinding. A crown is the preferred option in these cases. It is much more durable and should last until it is time for the child to lose that tooth naturally.

Stainless steel crowns are quite often used, however, we do offer a more esthetically pleasing option of an all-ceramic, white crown when it is appropriate. A ceramic crown looks more like your child’s natural tooth and may be a more esthetic treatment choice. Your dentist can explain which type of crown he or she feels would be most appropriate for your child’s needs. Visit my practice’s website at Haas Dental Associates to learn more about crowns and the many other services we offer for children and teens.

Does Your Child Require Sedation Dentistry?

Many children, especially those who have had a traumatizing dental experience in the past, may have anxiety (fear) about visiting the dentist.  I specialize in helping anxious children feel more comfortable during dental treatment.  Sometimes I perform sedation treatment, which is a very successful treatment option for children who are nervous about dental procedures.

There are many factors which go into determining if a patient is a candidate for sedation.  Sedation may not be recommended for patients with heart or respiratory problems or other serious health conditions. Any time a patient  is sedated, they must be monitored carefully by a practitioner who is qualified and licensed to perform sedation, as I am.  We don’t rush into sedating patients and we never sedate a patient on their first or even second appointment.

We have a separate treatment planning appointment before the sedation appointment so that we may discuss the sedation process and treatment plan thoroughly with the parent.  It is always my goal to ensure that my patients and their parents are completely informed and agree with their proposed treatment plans.

Kids smile about dental appointments at my office!

Sedation dentistry is a very valuable treatment option for patients who have extreme dental anxiety.  Many patients who are referred to me for sedation don’t really require sedation-they simply require a dentist who is trained in treating anxious patients and making them feel at ease.  I assess each patient very carefully to determine what treatment approach will be in that patient’s best interests.  My team and I strive to make even very nervous children able to enjoy visiting their dentist!  Visit our website at http://www.haasdentalnh.com to learn more about the services we offer at Haas Dental Associates!

Babies Should Really Be Visiting The Dentist

One of the things I hope to change during my career as a pediatric dentist, is to educate parents to bring their children to the dentist as infants, rather than waiting years to begin regular dental visits. Many dental offices tell parents that they don’t have to see a dentist until their child reaches age 3. First time parents haven’t been down this road yet, so they assume that is the best thing to do. Unfortunately, by age 3 or older, many years of habits like going to bed with bottles of milk, drinking fruit juice containing sugar, prolonged use of pacifiers and many other habits, have taken a toll on a very vulnerable new mouth. Too many children experience early childhood decay. It is sad to see a child who is 3,4,5 years of age or older, whose mouth is ravaged by decay, and now requires many restorative procedures in order to relieve their pain and return their mouth to a healthy state. This can be avoided by parents learning how to care for their child’s teeth-while they are still a baby! Visit our website at http://www.haasdentalnh.com/patient-resources/faq to learn about what sugar in even natural fruit juices can do to children’s teeth!

My office offers Infant Care Visits, for children under the age of two. We recommend visiting the dentist 6 months after the first baby tooth erupts. At our Infant Care visit, we educate new parents on the best practices to keep their baby’s mouth as healthy as possible. We discuss bottle feeding, pacifier use, diet, hygiene and many other topics that are important to young parents. I perform an examination on the infant to assess

Babies should see the dentist 6 months after getting their first tooth!

development and identify any problems that may be developing-so we can help Mom and Dad avoid dental issues in the future. We stress the importance of regular dental visits, and the fact that even though baby teeth are going to fall out eventually-they are going to be needed for many years. Baby teeth that have cavities that are left untreated lead to an unhappy child who is in pain and can’t concentrate on schoolwork and activities. Those baby teeth must be restored so they can be retained until adult teeth can replace them. An Infant Care visit is an invaluable tool for each and every new parent who wants their child to start on the road to a healthy mouth for a lifetime!

Call 603-434-1586 today to schedule your baby’s Infant Care appointment today!