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By Kerr Dental Associates, PC
February 26, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Family DentistryFind out why having a family dentist could be a boon for your family’s oral health.

Choosing a dentist that you can turn to for all of your dental needs is vital, and it’s even more important once you start a family. After all, you want to make sure that everyone is getting the proper dental care they need. Everyone has different oral care needs and our family dentists in Plymouth, MA, not only know that, but they also know how to cater to your whole family.

What is a family dentist?

While a family dentist does provide the same services as a regular dentist, the major benefit is that a family dentist can provide dental care to patients of all ages, from toddlers to senior citizens. Here in Plymouth, MA, our dentists provide a full range of general, restorative and cosmetic dental services.

What are the benefits of having a family dentist?

There are some unique benefits that you’ll enjoy when you choose to turn to a family dentist. For one, you’ll have a single dental practice from which every member of your family can get the dental care they need no matter their age. This means that instead of running your children to a pediatric dentist while you turn to a separate dentist, everyone can get the care they need in one convenient location, saving you both time and money on travel expenses.

Plus, if people have a dentist that they trust they are more likely to keep up with their routine cleanings and checkups. By keeping up with preventive dental care such as your six-month cleanings, we can prevent common problems such as decay or gum disease or at the very least detect them early on when they are much easier to treat. This is especially important for children. By having your child visit the dentist regularly, it will instill good habits early on to prevent issues in the future.

Give us a call!

Is it time to schedule dental cleanings for the whole family? Do you have questions about the services we offer? If so, don’t hesitate to call Kerr Dental Associates in Plymouth, MA, to learn more about what we can do to make your whole family smile. Dial (508) 747-5400 today!

By Kerr Dental Associates, PC
December 21, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: crown   pediatric dentistry  
AStainlessSteelCrownCouldHelpaStrugglingPrimaryMolarLastLonger

Although primary (“baby”) teeth have a lifespan of only a few years, they’re still important to a child’s current and future dental health. In the present, they help a child eat, speak and smile properly. They also help create a healthy future as placeholders for developing permanent teeth yet to come in.

If, however, a child loses a primary tooth prematurely due to decay, the corresponding permanent tooth could come in misaligned. That’s why we do what we can to help a decayed primary tooth reach its full lifespan. And there are different ways to do this depending on the type of tooth.

With front teeth, which don’t encounter the same chewing forces as those in the back, we may use a tooth-colored filling. This approach is also preferable for appearance’s sake since front teeth are highly visible when a child speaks or smiles.

Primary molars, on the other hand, need a more robust solution. A filling may not be able to withstand the level of long-term chewing forces that these back teeth normally encounter. And because they’re less visible than front teeth, there’s less concern about aesthetics.

That’s why many pediatric dentists prefer stainless steel crowns for molars. Just like their permanent teeth counterparts, a primary crown fits over and completely covers a tooth. They’re typically pre-formed, coming in different shapes and sizes that can then be customized for the tooth in question. After preparing and removing any decayed material from the tooth, we can usually install the crown in one visit with local anesthesia and a sedative (if the child needs it for anxiety).

While a steel crown isn’t the most attractive restoration, it typically handles the higher chewing forces in the back of the mouth better and longer than a filling. That’s especially critical for primary molars, which are some of the last teeth to fall out (as late as ages 10-12).  And besides preserving it as a permanent tooth placeholder, a crown also helps the tooth function effectively in the present.

Regardless of what method we use, though, preserving primary teeth is a primary goal of pediatric dentistry. And with a stainless steel crown, we can keep those important back molars functioning for as long as they’re intended.

If you would like more information on caring for primary teeth, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Stainless Steel Crowns for Kids.”