Children, especially young children, sometimes struggle to maintain consistently good oral hygiene habits. At the same time, they also tend to enjoy sugary foods and drinks. These two factors can sometimes lead to an increased risk for cavities. When an active area of tooth decay develops on a primary tooth, it can spread quickly if it is not properly cared for.
In some of these cases, there simply isn’t enough healthy tooth enamel remaining for our dentist, Dr. Robert J Land, to treat the tooth with a simple dental filling. To preserve the physical presence of the tooth and prevent tooth decay from afflicting the core of the tooth, he might recommend a dental cap.
Also known as a dental crown restoration, this treatment plan will essentially replace the entire tooth enamel layer of your child’s decayed tooth. This will help to maintain the essential function of the tooth while also preserving its structural presence until it is naturally replaced by its permanent counterpart.
Going forward, Dr. Robert J Land will closely monitor the health of your child’s teeth and gums during their regularly scheduled dental checkups. It might also help to encourage your child to apply increased focus when brushing and flossing their teeth.
If you live in the Yuma, Arizona, area, and if your child has a dental health concern, you should call 928-726-1700 to have it examined and treated at Robert J Land, DDS.