Now Accepting New Patients
Preventive & restorative pediatric dental services
General anesthesia and minimally invasive cavity treatment
Spanish speaking pediatric dentist & staff
Pediatric special needs dentist in Santa Maria accepting Denti-Cal
Stainless steel crowns made for tiny teeth
Tooth decay can harm your kid’s smile’s development, health, and functionality. At Mariposa Pediatric Dentistry, we understand the importance of repairing and taking care of those decayed baby teeth. That’s why we offer a durable and reliable solution for severely damaged teeth: our Santa Maria stainless steel crowns.
A stainless steel crown is a cap that covers a whole tooth. They’re great for kids because they only need one dental visit and are strong and durable. With proper care, stainless steel crowns can stay in good shape for as long as the baby tooth is there.
Request an appointment today to discover firsthand the lasting benefits of stainless steel crowns!
Benefits of our pediatric stainless steel crowns
- Strong and Lasting: They can withstand the daily wear and tear of a child’s active lifestyle, lasting until the baby tooth naturally falls out.
- Protective: They provide exceptional protection for severely damaged or decayed teeth, preventing further deterioration and maintaining the tooth’s function.
- Easy Placement: Placed in a single dental appointment, reducing the need for multiple visits and potential anxiety in young patients.
Hear from our patients
A really amazing experience! Dr. Pederson was so nice and welcoming. I am definitely excited to bring my kids back here in 6 months! Thank you Mariposa Pediatric Dentistry!
– Jasmine V.
What to expect during your child’s stainless steel crowns appointment
Stainless steel dental crowns are optimal for addressing your child’s cracked, broken, decayed, or infected tooth. With pediatric crowns, you can proactively prevent further damage, alleviate discomfort, and gain peace of mind, knowing that your child’s tooth will keep its health for years to come.
At your child’s twice-yearly comprehensive exam, we’ll be on the lookout for anything that might be amiss in your child’s mouth, including tooth decay. While small amounts of decay can be treated with a filling or silver diamine fluoride, extensive decay or damage needs a more robust restorative treatment, such as a stainless steel dental crown.
If we think that your child could benefit from a stainless steel crown, we’ll lay out your options and fill you in on costs and what to expect.
A simple procedure to ensure proper tooth development
- Your child’s mouth and tooth area will be numbed fully to ensure their comfort during the procedure. This step is not always necessary for resin anterior crowns!
- Dr. Pedersen will remove any decay from your tooth to prepare it for the crown.
- The pediatric stainless steel crown will be placed over the damaged tooth.
- Your child might experience mild discomfort for the 24 hours following the procedure.
Pediatric stainless steel crowns FAQs
Are stainless steel crowns safe for my child?
How long will a stainless steel crown last on my child's tooth?
Stainless steel crowns are designed to last for a considerable period, often until the baby tooth naturally falls out to make way for the permanent tooth. With proper care and maintenance, they can typically remain in place for several years, ensuring the tooth’s longevity and function.
Do stainless steel crowns look like natural teeth?
Stainless steel crowns have a metallic appearance and may not mimic the natural look of teeth or tooth-colored materials like composite fillings. However, their primary focus is on functionality and durability rather than aesthetics. They’re placed on baby teeth, which will eventually be replaced by permanent teeth.
Denti-Cal & most insurance accepted
We are in network with most PPO dental insurances, and are the only local pediatric dental specialist accepting Denti-Cal. Not sure if your specific plan is accepted? Contact us today for a complimentary benefits check.
No insurance? We’ve got you covered.
We offer an in-house discount plan and payment plans to help you afford care.
Our in-house discount plan includes:
- 2 comprehensive exams and cleanings per year, including any needed x-rays
- Discounts on any needed treatment
All Families Welcome
At Mariposa Pediatric Dentistry, we’re proud to offer a comfortable dentistry experience to all families in our community.
We offer a full range of restorative and preventive services in a comforting and encouraging environment. At your child’s appointment, we’ll provide an update on their oral health and fill you in on any recommended treatments, including pediatric sedation dentistry.
You can trust Dr. Pedersen to provide a comfortable and encouraging oral health experience.
Monday - Thursday: 8am - 4pm
Friday: 8am - 12pm
Saturday - Sunday: Closed