My Child Needs Crowns: What Are My Options? 

My Child Needs Crowns: What Are My Options? 

Though they fall out at some point, your child’s baby teeth are essential to the healthy development of their oral health. Without proper hygiene habits, baby teeth can develop cavities and even become infected, just like permanent teeth.

In such cases, a pediatric dentist may recommend adding a dental crown to protect the baby tooth and restore it to its full size and function. 

Here’s everything you need to know about dental crowns for children.

Why Should You Put Crowns on Baby Teeth?

A damaged baby tooth is a serious oral health issue. While the tooth will fall out eventually, it’s very important to make sure the tooth stays in place until it is naturally ready to do it.

Baby teeth keep the space open for the baby’s permanent teeth to erupt. Moreover, baby teeth help your child chew their food and help them to talk correctly, so every pediatric dentist will try to make sure the baby tooth does not need extraction.

And in cases of big cavities, large chips, cracks, or even fractures, this may involve a dental crown.

What Types of Pediatric Crowns Are There?

  • Stainless steel crowns - These are the most common types of crowns and have been used in pediatric dentistry for decades. The crown is essentially a metal cap that goes over the damaged tooth. They are very durable and resistant to moisture, which makes them perfect for back teeth. However, they are quite visible, and since metal is a heat conductor, the crown may overheat when in contact with hot foods and beverages;

  • White zirconia crowns - These crowns are completely metal-free and look a lot like the adult ones made from porcelain. They are tooth-colored which makes them perfect to restore even front baby teeth because they will seamlessly blend within your child’s smile. 

With both types, the crowns are designed to perfectly suit the child’s tooth size so that they can comfortably chew their food and speak while the crown is on.

How Does the Procedure Work?

If your child needs a dental crown, Dr. Lee will first treat the tooth to ensure your child’s oral health is taken care of. Treatment depends on the type of damage your child’s tooth has. For instance, if the child has a large cavity, Dr. Lee will drill the tooth and remove all the decayed tissue.

Then, Dr. Lee will take a pre-made white zirconia crown that fits the child’s tooth, and drill it slightly to ensure it matches their bite, then cement it in place.

Getting Dental Crowns at Smile Ark Pediatric Dentistry

If you suspect your child may need a dental crown, Dr. Lee is here to help!

To get started, book a consultation at Smile Ark Pediatric Dentistry today.

Want to find out more about pediatric dental crowns? Then call us at (617) 372-2532 for a short chat!

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