Pediatric Dental Services in Southern Illinois
Prevention of dental caries (tooth decay) is a priority at Southern Illinois Pediatric Dentistry. Establishing a dental home early is vital to ensuring teeth remain healthy throughout childhood. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children be seen within 6 months of the eruption of the first tooth, or by the age of one. It is at these early visits that we can lay the foundation for establishing good oral health habits for life.
At Southern Illinois Pediatric Dentistry, we are all about preventing dental problems! Nothing is more important to us than keeping your child’s teeth and gums healthy. It’s far easier, less expensive, and less painful to have regular dental visits so we can catch small problems before they become big problems.
A regularly scheduled dental exam is the best thing you can do to help your child have healthy teeth and avoid potentially complicated procedures later on. We make our exams and cleanings fun for children so they’ll look forward to each visit. They can play on the Wii-U while they wait, or lie down and watch a movie in the dental chair while they have their cleanings done!
Tooth Colored Fillings
Sometimes a tooth is broken down so much that placing a filling just won’t do. In these instances, a crown is recommended. A majority of the time, a stainless steel crown is recommended. Although it is silver in color, a stainless steel crown is placed on a posterior (back) tooth. These crowns placed on primary molars will exfoliate naturally with the baby tooth. In some cases, an all white crown can be placed. A crown is considered the standard of care when a pulpotomy (see below) is performed.