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Teeth Fillings & Dental Crowns

Dr. Milo with boy patient in exam room at Front Row Pediatric Dentistry

Prevention is the key to avoiding a cavity, fillings, and crowns but if your child already has a cavity, don’t worry! Our pediatric dentists are experts in treating kids and we want the treatment to be a comfortable, positive experience. We offer tooth-colored fillings and crowns, so no one will ever know there was a cavity.

Pediatric Dental Fillings

Dental fillings are a standard and very effective treatment for tooth decay. The filling can be the traditional silver or tooth colored.  A filling can also build up a worn-down or broken tooth to improve the smile’s appearance. In addition, dental fillers can be used to support a tooth that has a large cavity. 

Kids love coming to Front Row Pediatric because our pediatric dentists make it fun, comfortable, and anxiety free. Schedule your next appointment! 

Pediatric patient playing in toy box at Front Row Pediatric Dentistry lobby.

Dental Crown Procedure

Pediatric dental crowns provide a long-term solution for kids with very large cavities. Rather than extracting a baby tooth too early and needing early orthodontic procedures, a crown can be a cost-effective solution to save space for the permanent teeth. In addition, families visit Front Row for crown treatments because it’s an excellent option for restoring smiles by treating dental issues such as tooth decay and broken teeth.

Toothaches and Cavity Treatment

Filling a tooth and repairing a cavity requires dental treatment as soon as possible to avoid toothaches and space loss. Cavities are especially urgent in children still waiting for permanent teeth since the baby teeth hold space and assist normal eruption of the permanent teeth.

There are many causes of tooth pain aside from cavities. Other causes of tooth pain are:

  • Infections in the root canal of the tooth
  • Trauma to the tooth, like a chip or sports-related injury. 
  • Poor oral hygiene because the gums are swollen 

It’s essential to contact us when there is tooth pain so we can diagnose exactly what the cause is and treat it effectively.

toy tooth with blue background

4 Things To Expect When Your Child Receives a Dental Filling

  1. Your child’s dentist will explain the process in detail and ensure safety throughout the procedure.
  2. An anesthetic on a q-tip will be used to ensure that the child feels comfortable for the numbing.
  3. Your child may also experience a cold sensation as the numbing material is injected, but this is normal and should only last a few seconds. 
  4. The pediatric dentist will likely advise you to avoid any hard or crunchy foods and have a soft diet, as the tooth may be sensitive for a few days.

Dentist Q&A

Dr. Milo from Front Row Pediatric Dentistry answers a common question: What exactly are fillings?

Common Questions

Cavities and Fillings FAQs

When dealing with a professional, and especially one that specializes in treating kids, a cavity can be quite straightforward to fill and takes less than an hour.

Depending on the tooth and the type of material used to fill the tooth, a filling can cost from $150 to $350. If you have insurance the cost can be less. Fillings can also be paid for using Care Credit™, a third party financing program.

There are multiple types of dental filling materials available. The most common type is the amalgam filling which is made up of a mixture of different metals. Another type is the composite filling made of plastic and fine glass particles. Composite fillings can be matched to the color of your natural teeth, making them less noticeable.

According to the CDC around 20% of kids between the ages of 2 and 11 have an untreated cavity, while 13% of adolescents have some level of tooth decay.

Dental crowns last for many years, but eventually, they will have to be replaced. On average, a dental crown will last between five and 15 years. However, with care, they could last much longer.

When it comes to our little ones' oral health, pediatric dental crowns can often come to their rescue. These nifty little caps, shaped like teeth, are made from materials like metal, porcelain, or resin, and they work wonders for covering up damaged or decayed teeth. Not only do crowns bring back the natural shape and function of the tooth, but they also give it a fresh new look while providing an extra layer of protection.

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