Children often struggle to maintain a consistent and effective daily oral hygiene routine. Even if they do remember to brush each morning and night while also making a concerted effort to floss once each day, a child’s propensity for sweets could still encourage a cavity to develop.
Primary teeth are often smaller than permanent adult teeth. If the cavity compromises a significant amount of tooth enamel there might not be sufficient tooth enamel remaining to install a dental filling.
Should this prove to be the case, your dentist might recommend installing a cap or dental crown over the compromised tooth. This will help preserve it long enough for it to be lost and replaced by its permanent counterpart, in the normal course of time.
This mode of treatment calls for removing most of the existing tooth enamel layer, which leaves behind a healthy dentin abutment capable of anchoring the dental crown in your child’s mouth.
Your child will need to return to Pediatric Dental Associates for a follow up appointment when their dental crown is ready. It will then cement it in place with a strong dental grade adhesive to complete the dental restoration process.
If you live in Manchester, Connecticut, and your child has a tooth suffering from a large cavity, you should call 860-649-4655 to schedule an appointment at Pediatric Dental Associates.