Trips to the dentist’s office can be a much more simple affair for some patients than others; for many of our patients, help from us to ensure a comfortable and successful treatment is a necessary part of their treatment.
Ectopic canines are generally found in the Buccal Vestibule. Impacted canines may be retrieved with braces, using a surgical approach via a gold chain or straight wire. Tissue covering the tooth is uncovered. A chain or wire is attached to the tooth crown. Tissue is placed back over the tooth leaving the chain or wire coming out of the gum. For the purpose of this illustration a gold chain is used to retrieve the canines. The chain is attached to the tooth crown and the link is attached to a flexible archwire so that the wire is active (bent). Once a month, the wire is reactivated by using the next link up on the chain until the impacted canine erupts enough to attach a regular bracket on the canine. With the regular bracket in place, a more flexible wire is added directly to the bracketed canine. This process will bring the canine into position within the arch by forcing the canine to conform to the straight archwire form. This is a long process taking anywhere from 8-12 months.
Baby teeth that have large caries (cavities) and some degree of pain occasionally require that the ‘coronal’ (top) portion of that tooth’s nerve be removed before a filling or a crown (preferably) is placed. The main goal of this procedure is to preserve the baby tooth, since baby teeth help to maintain adequate room for the permanent teeth. Pulpotomies have published success rates that range from 60% to 90% and represent a good and reliable way to save a badly decayed baby tooth.
Strip crowns, also known as ‘white crowns’, is an alternative to placing crowns on primary incisors (top baby teeth) with large caries. Because these teeth are fixed using the same material that is used to place ‘white fillings’, this procedure is very technique sensitive and may not be an option for young children. With proper case selection, these ‘fillings’ may last for at least two to three years. Stainless steel crowns with ‘white’ facings (the front part is white) are also available, in the event that strip crowns are not an option. Your dentist will be happy to discuss all options available for aesthetic restorations on primary teeth.
Dental Anesthesia for Children
Trips to the dentist’s office can be a much more simple affair for some patients than others; for many of our patients, help from us to ensure a comfortable and successful treatment is a necessary part of their treatment. General Anesthesia is a great option to be considered by those who may struggle with age, behavior, medical history, or any other variables that makes the dentist office a challenge.
Dr. Kalika is experienced and willing to help all patients achieve their happy and healthy smile – when you schedule your appointment, ask us about anesthesia and how it may solve your child’s dental difficulties.
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