Children Can Benefit From Dental Crowns
Tooth decay is a common occurrence in children. Approximately 42% of children between the ages of 2 and 11 develop cavities in their baby teeth. Unfortunately, a child’s teeth may be so damaged by decay that a regular filling is no longer a treatment option. In this case, a crown has to be implanted. Read more to find out about this important treatment.
Children can benefit from the use of dental crowns the same way adults do. A dental crown is a tooth-shaped covering cemented onto the tooth to restore its original function and form. We may advise that a child receive a dental crown if they have large cavities, discolored or broken teeth, or primary teeth that didn’t develop correctly.
Benefits of dental crowns:
- They protect a weak tooth from breaking
- It restores the full function of the damaged tooth
- It protects the primary teeth until permanent teeth arrive in adolescence
- They reduce the number of orthodontic treatments and surgeries that may be needed later in life
A dental crown procedure takes two visits to our office:
- The first visit is an examination and preparation of the affected tooth for the crown. We will first numb the tooth and the surrounding area. If the tooth has been fractured or given a root canal, the tooth will receive buildup — a filling that restores enough of the tooth for a crown to be placed.
- Next, the tooth is shaved down and shaped to create a surface on which the crown can fit perfectly.
- Dental impressions of the tooth will be taken and used as a mold for the crown. We will pick a shade for the crown that matches the color of adjacent teeth so it blends in without notice.
- While the crown is made, a temporary crown will be placed over the tooth to cover and protect it.
- On the following visit, the permanent crown will then be fitted and bonded into place.
We make every effort to make sure your child is as comfortable as possible during a dental crown treatment at our Wellington, FL office. If you have questions or concerns about your child’s dental health, please feel free to contact our office today.