Usually, a dental crown is needed when your child has an extensively decayed or injured baby tooth. Most parents are a little unclear about crowns for pediatric needs. Today, we at Smile Reef would like to elaborate on pediatric dental crowns.
Is it Worth Putting Crowns on Baby Teeth?
Most parents want their kids’ teeth to be free of decay and have healthy teeth. When they hear their baby, toddler, or young kid needs a dental crown, they wonder if it can be fine left alone or extracted since a permanent will soon come in. This idea is bas since damaged teeth requires protection. Baby teeth are important though they are eventually replaced by permanent teeth. Baby teeth helps you child eat comfortably, speak properly, and serve as placeholders for adult teeth. It could compromise other surrounding teeth and spread rapidly if a decayed tooth is not treated. This is due to the thin enamel of baby teeth. If the tooth is prematurely removed, neighboring teeth will want to fill the space and crowding can occur on the other hand. For your child, dental crowns are the most durable solution.
What are Pediatric Dental Crowns Made Of?
As they function the same as adult crowns, crowns intended for the repair and restoration of primary teeth differ slightly in terms of materials used. They consist of a tooth-shaped “cap” that covers a vulnerable tooth, thus restoring its strength. The type of crown chosen is sometimes affected by the location of your child’s decayed or injured tooth. A less aesthetic option, like stainless steel crowns, are preferable if the tooth is in the back of the mouth. You may want a white dental crown as it will look more natural if the tooth is front facing.
Stainless Steel Crowns. Stainless steel is one type of pediatric crown. For over 80 years and are regarded as a trusted option, stainless steel crowns have been used in pediatric dentistry. This is a metal shell that is easily placed and can be customized to fit any tooth. They are perfect for molars, their durability, strength, and resistance to moisture. The most affordable crown option available and very cost-effective. Generally, they only require one visit to our pediatric dentist as well.
White Crowns. White crowns contain no metal and closely resemble those made of porcelain unlike stainless steel crowns. As they are more aesthetically pleasing, this tooth-colored option is often recommended for damaged teeth in the front of the mouth. They can be pre-made to a desired size and are made of a material similar to ceramic. White crowns have more durable than natural enamel and ae stronger. They are resistant to plaque accumulation and decay. When introduced to biological tissue, they are not capable of producing an allergic response.
What Should I Expect During My Child’s Dental Crown Procedure?
Unlike their adult equivalents, most dental crowns for children can be placed in a single visit. Generally, the pediatric dentist will start by numbing the area around the tooth and the tooth itself. If children are too anxious can also offer sedation at this stage. A dental dam will be placed after everything is properly numb. To also protect your child’s cheeks, tongue, and gums, dental dam small piece of latex. Next, the dentist will remove any decay present and shape the tooth for the crown using a special drill. The crown is placed and checked to make sure it fits properly.
Consider sealants to prevent decay along with routine brushing, flossing, and rinse. For your child’s dental needs in the Vegas Valley, call the professionals of Smile Reef and let us keep your child’s healthy.