From the Houston Chronicle:
Most money goes for crowns. Nearly 40 percent of restorative Medicaid-paid work performed on Texas children's primary teeth involves the use of stainless steel crowns, records show. And nearly 60 cents of every Medicaid dollar spent on primary teeth restorations goes for stainless steel crowns.
Besides the extra expense, installing the crowns on small children sometimes requires general anesthesia or sedation (medication intended to relax a patient but not produce unconsciousness). Both carry risks of adverse reaction, overdose or other complications.
At least three young Medicaid patients have died and others have suffered brain damage while under anesthesia for crowns in recent years.
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And what exactly are we talking about? Ever hear of the term "metal mouth"? Here is what some dentists are doing to poor Texas kids: