You are here:

Pediatric Dentistry/stainless steel crowns

Advertisement


Question
I recently took my 5 and half year son and 4 year old daughter for a check up.  This is the third for my son and the first for my daughter.  Their teeth were cleaned etc.  The dentist showed me on my daughter that his sharp pointed tool (sorry, I don't know the correct name) stuck in her bottom molars.  These teeth have no other signs of decay.  They aren't discolored in any way.  He wants to put in fillings and a crown.  He also wants to crown a molar on my son, who until this check up has never had any problems.  He too has no visible decay.  Are the crowns necessary?  This seems to be extreme for so little a problem.  I would seek a second opinion, but I don't think my insurance will pay for it and I am not in a position to incur out of pocket expenses.

Answer
If you have copies of the xrays you can forward to me I would be able to give you my opinion on the type of treatment needed. even a photo would be helpful. Without I cannot tell if the treatment is the norm. If decay is extensive, stainless steel crown is the required restorations.

Pediatric Dentistry

All Answers


Answers by Expert:


Ask Experts

Volunteer


Michael D. Saxe D.M.D.

Expertise

All questions related to Pediatric Dentistry, Dental Growth, Dental Trauma, First Dental visit, Baby Bottle tooth Decay, Dental Sedation, Etc...

Experience

20 years private practice as a Pediatric Dentist, Staff at University Of Nevada School of Dental Medicine, Advanced Education Program in Pediatric Dentistry.

Organizations
ADA, AAPD, Nevada dental society, Clark County Dental Society, Cal. AAPD, Western society of Pediatric Dentistry, Southern Nevada CFA Team core member.

Publications
ASDC Journal

Education/Credentials
Washington University in Saint Louis, Dental School University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, residency

Awards and Honors
Top pediatric Dental office 6 years in a row.

©2016 About.com. All rights reserved.