Why Would a Crown be Needed?
Because the enamel of baby teeth is thinner, cavities can spread more easily and affect a larger area of a tooth. When this occurs, a crown may be the best way to protect the tooth from extraction. A dental crown is a tooth-shaped hat that is cemented to the tooth to restore it to its original shape and function. Both tooth colored pediatric crowns and silver pediatric crowns can be used to protect baby teeth.
Tooth Colored Crowns: Are made up of tooth colored material similar to ceramic. They are metal free and are the most aesthetically-pleasing choice of all crowns, since they match the color of the natural tooth.
Silver Crowns: Are the most commonly used crowns and are great for teeth towards to back of the mouth, since they are durable, strong, and resistant to moisture.
Which Type of Crown is Best for Baby Teeth?
Generally, we recommend using tooth colored crowns for the front teeth, because they are both aesthetically pleasing and strong. However, for baby molars that are exposed to chewing, silver crowns may be a better option, because they can better withstand constant pressure.
How are Crowns Placed?
After local anesthesia is used to numb the treatment area, all of the decayed tooth surfaces are removed and cleaned. The tooth is then prepared so that a crown can fit onto it. We will determine which size crown fits best for the tooth and then the crown is cemented into place.
If your child is in need or a pediatric crown, contact our office today to schedule an appointment. Our staff strives to provide professional dental care while ensuring a comfortable experience for your child.