Sometimes a cavity is too large to be restored with a filling. In these instances, we may recommend a crown (or cap). Crowns are “cemented” onto an existing tooth and fully cover the portion of the tooth above the gum line. In effect, the crown becomes the tooth’s new outer surface.
Pediatric dentists have traditionally used stainless steel crowns that are mercury free. However, recent improvements in dental materials make it possible to use white zirconium crowns in certain instances. We will discuss these options with you during your treatment planning consultation.
A primary tooth can be restored with a crown during one appointment. A crowned tooth must be brushed and flossed just like other teeth.
White Spot Removal Treatment
Adolescents and parents often have concerns about unsightly white spots on front teeth. Some teeth come in with discoloration while others develop the discoloration over time. For example, poor brushing around orthodontic brackets will leave white spots on the teeth when the braces are removed.
Our white spot removal treatment is a conservative, non-invasive procedure that involves applying a coating to the discolored tooth surface. This coating opens the pores of the tooth and works its way down into the lesion to change the density. After several applications, the white spots are usually eliminated or at least less noticeable.