Why does my child need a dental crown?
Dental crowns are used to protect teeth that have undergone damage and now need extra support from a dental restoration. Dental fillings are sometimes not enough to restore a tooth that has been affected by tooth decay, so a durable dental crown is used instead. If your child has a baby root canal scheduled, they will likely need to have a pediatric dental crown placed over the tooth post-treatment to preserve the tooth’s structure.
What kind of crowns are placed on baby teeth?
Stainless steel crowns and tooth-colored crowns are the most common options for pediatric dental crowns. Many patients prefer tooth-colored dental crowns, as the color is made to match the surrounding teeth so that the crown can blend in seamlessly with the rest of the patient’s smile. We will also take impressions of the tooth to ensure the fit and shape of the crown will be perfect. Once the baby tooth is ready to come out, the dental crown will also fall out with it.
How common are pediatric crowns?
Tooth decay is the most common childhood disease, which means that pediatric dental crowns are not an uncommon dental service by any means. If one or more dental crowns are recommended to restore your child’s oral health, we highly recommend scheduling these treatments sooner rather than later. Untreated tooth decay and damage can result in more complex and invasive procedures becoming necessary in the future.
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