Primary teeth, also known as baby teeth, are expected to fall out. However, it’s important that this occurs naturally as a child’s adult teeth come in. Dental crowns help protect primary teeth from decay that can result in early removal. At Aviator Pediatric Dentistry, we provide kid-friendly crown placements to protect teeth for a strong and healthy development of your child’s oral health.
What is a Dental Crown?
Dental crowns are silver or tooth colored covers that go on top of teeth to strengthen and replace tooth structure loss due to large decayed areas of the tooth. You may also hear them referred to as silver caps or white caps. For primary teeth care in pediatric dentistry, dental crowns are designed to be temporary. Their job is to replace decayed tooth structure and protect teeth from future tooth decay until the tooth is ready to fall out naturally. Premature removal may lead to a misaligned eruption of adult teeth that will require orthodontic care in the future.
We offer both silver and white tooth crowns for your child. Each has its own benefits, and we’re glad to discuss which solution is best for your child. View more info on white and silver crowns with the link below.
When is a Dental Crown Recommended for Children?
If your child has signs of tooth decay or a damaged tooth, a dental crown can be a smile-saving treatment with long term benefits. Here are a few early signs of tooth decay to look out for:
- Extensive tooth decay
- Tooth pain
- Increased tooth sensitivity
- Discolored teeth
A tooth that has been damaged through trauma or teeth grinding may also benefit with the added protection of a primary tooth crown placement. Cracked or damaged teeth allow decay to reach further into a tooth’s structure. Early treatment is necessary to stave off further potential problems.
Dental crowns and fillings are the two most common procedures used to treat tooth decay in children’s teeth. When a tooth has been damaged to a point where a filling is unable to restore its structure, a crown will be recommended.
Dental Crown Procedure
Compared to adult dental crowns, children’s crowns are intended to be in the mouth for a short period of years and they come in prefabricated sizes that allow us to complete the procedure in a single visit.
After a visual examination of the health of the tooth, the decay is first gently removed with specialized dental tools. The surface of the tooth is then prepared to receive a comfortable and lasting fit with the crown. Temporary crowns are prefabricated instead of built in a lab for a cost-effective and quick application. The crown is placed on top of the prepared tooth and final adjustments are made for a properly aligned bite and comfort. Afterwards, the crown is cemented onto the tooth for a restored, healthy smile.
Stronger Teeth for a Lifetime of Smiles
From beginning to end, Aviator Pediatric Dentistry takes you and your child’s peace of mind to heart. You can expect patient, kid-friendly care with specialized attention to your child’s needs during their crown placement. Contact us today to schedule your child’s next appointment.