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Old 09-02-2010, 06:44 PM   #1
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Crown or spacers for 10yo?

My 10yo daughter has a toothache in one of her baby molars. The dentist said it was previously filled or sealed and part of that has broken off and a new cavity has formed. It is very close to the nerve and is causing my daughter pain. It was really bad one night but since then she only complains occasionally, mostly when she chews something hard.

The dentist said the roots on the baby tooth are quite long and the permanent tooth still has a couple of years before it comes in. DD got her first tooth late and seems to be losing them late also. Dentist wants to do a partial pulpotomy and stainless steel crown. She said the spacers were problematic--not always maintaining the space right and difficult to keep clean so increased risk of cavities on the anchor tooth.

I was sold on the crown but all my friends said to pull it and get the spacer. The crown procedure will cost me about $550 (but insurance will pay part of it). Any advice?

Also, I had a crown at 4 yrs (I'm 42 now) and it was a horrific experience--I STILL have a phobia of dentists. I know they will use novacaine and I requested nitrous oxide. Will that be enough? They also can give her valium or versed. Would that be better?? DD is not extremely anxious but I don't want her to be afraid to go back. My DS on the other hand would need all the sedation they will give him!

 
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