Restorative Pediatric Dentistry Services in Northern Colorado

At Big Grins Pediatric Dentistry in Fort Collins, CO, we offer comprehensive restorative pediatric dentistry services. Our focus is on empowering you to raise happy, healthy kids by restoring your child’s smile and ensuring their comfort throughout the process.
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Cosmetic Dental Crowns

If your child struggles with misshapen, cracked, discolored, or otherwise damaged teeth, our cosmetic dental crowns can restore their smile to its former beauty. Unlike traditional metal crowns, we offer zirconium crowns for both front teeth and molars, providing a natural appearance. The procedure is quick and can be completed in just one visit, with the crown bonded securely to the tooth for lasting results.

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Sedation Dentistry

At Big Grins Pediatric Dentistry, we understand that many children feel anxious or nervous about dental visits. Our sedation dentistry services provide a safe, reliable solution for reducing anxiety during procedures. We offer nitrous oxide, commonly known as “laughing gas,” to help children relax while staying awake. Our team is highly trained in administering sedation techniques and closely monitors your child throughout the procedure to ensure their safety and comfort.

Big Grins Education Corner (FAQs):

What Are the Benefits of Cosmetic Dental Crowns?

A crown on a baby tooth is only recommended when the tooth does not have enough structure to hold a filling such as when the tooth is badly decayed or broken. The vast majority of children can receive a filling for small cavities and avoid the crown! If your child needs a crown and will keep that tooth for a few more years, but you prefer not to use stainless steel crowns, zirconium Cosmetic Dental Crowns are an excellent alternative!

If your child has one or more damaged, permanent teeth, cosmetic dental crowns are good solutions. Call Big Grins Pediatric Dentistry in Fort Collins, CO, today for more information. One of our friendly and knowledgeable associates is always waiting to take your call and answer any questions you may have regarding the placement of cosmetic dental crowns.

Why Choose Sedation Dentistry?

Many children feel anxious or nervous when it’s time to visit the dentist. Sedation dentistry can help ease these fears, ensuring your child has a positive experience. We recommend sedation dentistry for children who:

  • Have high levels of dental anxiety or fear
  • Need a lot of dental work done
  • Have a strong gag reflex
  • Cannot sit still for long periods

What Should Parents Expect When Their Child Receives Nitrous Oxide?

After a patient has settled into the dental chair, we place a plastic shield on the face that contains nitrous oxide underneath it. A dentist or dental assistant then instructs the child to take a few deep breaths to introduce the nitrous oxide into the body.

Also known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is a sedative agent that quickly travels to the brain. The medication stops being effective as soon as one of our staff members removes the patient’s mask. Nitrous oxide does not put patients to sleep, but they will feel a bit groggy and relaxed. However, patients remain aware of their surroundings and can respond to our questions and requests.

Nitrous oxide has been a primary tool in pediatric dentistry for decades due to its ease of use and lack of side effects. Dr. Ecker and Dr. Evans each have extensive training and experience using nitrous oxide during dental procedures. Children remain under the constant supervision of our staff from the time they put on the mask containing nitrous oxide until after someone removes it.