Dental crowns are more commonly associated with general dentists, however when it comes to dentistry for children, dental crowns are just as important to the development of your child’s smile.
What are Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns are a stainless steel material that is in the shape of a tooth. These tooth shaped crowns act as caps for a damaged tooth.
Why Would Someone Need a Dental Crown?
The reason you need a dental crown is when a tooth has had a particularly bad cavity and a baby root canal (or pulpotomy) was needed, a dental crown will be used to help protect the tooth and the smile. When conducting a baby root canal or dealing with a particularly severe cavity, the tooth’s shaped will be drilled and shaved down because of the cavity. Therefore, this leaves the tooth misshapen.
A crown will help cap the tooth, to help restore its original shape while also helping protect it from further bacteria and cavities.
You may be asking, “if baby teeth fall out anyway, why would we need to put a crown?”. Well that’s a very common question and we’ve written a whole guide for parents on why they still need to fill cavities and treat baby teeth just as importantly as adult teeth.
Some quick reasons why you would need a crown:
- Protects the tooth from further decay
- Ensures a proper smile by maintaining proper tooth shape
- Maintains proper tooth shape for eating
To really get a strong understanding, we encourage you to read our guide on why you should make sure to fill cavities in baby teeth.
How Long Will Dental Crowns Last?
Dental Crowns, especially stainless steel ones, are designed to last children until their adult teeth come in. They are extremely durable and effective at preventing further decay. These stainless steel dental crowns should effectively last your child until the baby tooth falls out and the permanent tooth comes in.
What is the process of receiving a Dental Crown?
Dental crowns are quick and easy to work with. The material is malleable and allows your pediatric dentist to easily cap any tooth quickly in one visit. When applying a dental crown, the process will normally go as follows:
Removal of Decay: When a baby root canal is completed on a tooth, the tooth has lost a large amount of its shape and structure.
Preparation: In order to fit the dental crown, the tooth will be shaved down to a shape that will make the dental crown easily fit on top
Fitting: Once the tooth is shaved down, a prefabricated silver dental crown is fitted on the child’s tooth to find the correct size.
Application: After the correct size is found, a crown is then placed on top of the tooth and cemented using a special dental cement that will keep the crown on the tooth.
At Polkadot Pediatric Dentistry, a large part of the experience that separates us from the competitions is our staff’s ability to make kids feel comfortable. Dr. Nanna and the team walk through the procedure in child friendly language so that the patient and the parent both understand exactly what is going to happen.