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Children sometimes struggle to maintain consistent oral hygiene habits. At the same time they can also be accident prone which could lead to a badly chipped tooth. If a primary tooth is lost to tooth decay or dental trauma the change in oral structure could eventually affect the alignment of the primary teeth that develop in the area.

If there isn’t enough healthy tooth enamel remaining for our dentist to treat the tooth with a dental filling, we might recommend a dental crown. Sometimes referred to as a dental cap, it can help preserve the physical presence of the tooth until it is lost in the natural course of time.

The treatment plan will essentially replace the entire enamel layer of the affected tooth with another durable dental material.

Through the course of their regularly scheduled dental checkups, Dr. Rebecca Pitner or Dr. William Findlay will closely monitor the health of your child’s teeth and gums as well as the structural integrity of the dental crown. Closely monitoring your child’s oral hygiene routine will also help prevent new cavities from affecting other teeth.

Make sure they are brushing twice each day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a toothpaste that has earned the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance, as well as making sure they floss once each day will help prevent tooth decay.

If you live in the Bessemer, Alabama, area and your child has a cavity or chipped primary tooth, you should call 205-426-2644 to have it examined and treated at Pitner Family Dentistry.