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Primary teeth serve several important purposes. Not only do they provide your son or daughter with the necessary ability to bite, chew, and grind food for safe swallowing, they also play an important structural role. When a tooth is lost to a severe cavity it can affect the development and alignment of the underlying permanent tooth.

Active areas of tooth decay are often the direct result of your child struggliing to maintain a consistent daily oral hygiene regimen. In an instance where a significant amount of tooth enamel has been lost to a large cavity, a dentist like Dr. Mark A. Osenieks team might recommend treating the primary tooth with a dental crown restoration.

Also referred to as a dental cap, this treatment process will effectively replace the primary tooth’s enamel layer with an alternate dental material. The dental crown will then serve to maintain the tooth basic function and structural presence long enough for the permanent replacement to emerge from their gums.

If Dr. Mark A. Osenieks has any other tooth decay or oral development concerns, he will help you understand the necessary treatment or preventative options. This might include dental fillings, fluoride treatments, or protecting their molars and premolars with dental sealants.

If you live in the Grand Rapids, Michigan, area and your child has a problematic tooth, you should call (616) 453-0002 to have it examined and treated at Mark Osenieks, DDS, PC.