At Acorn Dentistry For Kids, we believe that everyone deserves a healthy, beautiful smile! That begins with excellent, preventative dental care, from the start – and you’ll find that with our board-certified pediatric dentist, Dr. Tim Richardson.
As a parent, you want to make the best choices for your children. When it comes to dental care, we help you do that by offering mercury-free fillings. While it’s best to prevent cavities, when they do happen, we use custom-tinted, composite resin to restore their tooth.
Even when a cavity isn’t causing pain, it’s important to treat it and prevent it from worsening. Especially in baby teeth. Think of tooth decay as an infection of the tooth. Left untreated, it can worsen, affecting not just the oral health of your child, but their overall health. After all, healthy baby teeth lead to healthy adult teeth. A baby tooth can decay very quickly when not treated, causing unwanted complications and pain.
The Royal Treatment – Getting A Crown
When a cavity has grown too large to be treated with a simple filling, we often recommend dental crowns for our young patients. Often parents wonder if a crown is necessary when a baby tooth can just be pulled. Baby teeth serve an important purpose in your child’s dental development by:
- Affecting their ability to eat and speak
- Maintaining space for future adult teeth to come in
- Preventing crowding due to changes in their bite
If your child needs a dental crown, we offer stainless steel and aesthetic, tooth-colored full-coverage restorations. If your child is feeling a bit nervous about their treatment, we also have 3 different sedation options to choose from to ensure your little one’s comfort. No matter the treatment, we always make every effort to help your child feel relaxed and enjoy their visit at our Silverton office.
Left untreated, a cavity can grow into an abscessed tooth. When infection reaches the nerve of your child’s tooth, it can also spread to the rest of the body, causing oral pain and discomfort. When this happens, Dr. Richardson recommends a “baby root canal” to save the remaining healthy tooth. Our gentle pulpotomies, performed comfortably at our office, remove the infection and relieve pain. Once the pulpotomy is completed, a dental crown will be placed to protect the tooth from further damage.
As part of your child’s care, we closely monitor the growth of their teeth to ensure that 3rd year molars won’t impact the health of their smile. At Acorn Dentistry For Kids, we not only extract teeth for emergencies or advanced infection, we also provide limited wisdom tooth removal. From the convenience of our office, your child can “nap” through their tooth extraction with safe intravenous sedation, or zone out with happy gas, for a pain-free experience.
We recommend bringing your child to see us before their first birthday for a dental evaluation. All uninsured patients under the age of 2 receive a complimentary exam. If it’s been more than 6 months since your child saw the dentist, call today and schedule your same-day appointment.