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Question:
I have a five year old female child who has 4 cavities. We were told they could put stainless steel crowns on her teeth. Three of the cavities are on the back teeth. Is there an alternative to this procedure? I do not have dental insurance and can not afford the $882.00 the crowns will cost. These are all baby teeth. Need information ASAP! Thank you ...Carrie in LA

Answer:
Carrie, if the teeth in question are the second primary molars, you want to do whatever is possible to save these teeth because they are very important for the eruption of the first permanent molars. Since your daughter is 5, there is a possibility that her permanent molars are already in. In this case, the molars/primary can be extracted and space maintainers placed (again, I do not have the x-rays and would not recommend this option; but I wanted to let you know of another choice).

This treatment may even be more expensive than the first. I'd also see if there is a possibility to have the teeth restored/fixed with amalgam or composite and that will depend on a few factors that your dentist will know.

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