When Does A Child Need A Dental Crown?

In our previous blog, we took a look at how we repaired cavities with a dental filling. But sometimes, our Galveston, TX, patients will need more than just a filling. If a more substantial repair is needed then we may create and place a custom-made dental crown. When does a child require one, and how do we create and place these strong and durable restorations?

Restorative and Cosmetic Benefits

While a filling targets a specific area of the tooth where decay has occurred, a crown actually covers the entire visible portion of the tooth. Which means we can use them to address more substantial cases of tooth decay, where a filling is not enough. If a tooth becomes chipped or cracked, we can repair them before they develop cavities or infection. Should a tooth become infected, then a restoration will complete a root canal procedure, preserving the tooth and preventing serious discomfort.

While at one time the only crowns available were made from metal, we now have other options for our patients. For the rear teeth, which must absorb more serious bite forces, we may still opt for metal. But for some children, we may be ale to place ceramic crowns that look natural, blending with the smile seamlessly.

Creating and Placing Them

To create them, we begin by removing a small amount of structure from the tooth. We then take detailed impression of the prepared tooth, which is used to design and craft the restoration. Once complete, we will place the crown onto the tooth with a powerful bonding agent. The entire process only takes about two visits, and helps safeguard the smile against serious complications.

Protecting Little Smiles

Placing a crown on a baby tooth may not seem necessary, but keep in mind that unless treated, a decayed or damaged tooth could become infected. If the tooth needs to be extracted to prevent the spread of infection, this impacts how the permanent teeth arrive and increases the risk of dental misalignment and bite imbalance, causing oral health issues as your child grows older. A crown protects the tooth, ensuring it falls out on schedule and helps your child enjoy optimal alignment and oral health. If you have any questions about placing restorations on little smiles, or about our approach to children’s dentistry, then contact our team today.

Do You Have Questions About Restorations?

We want to help our young patients enjoy optimal smile health, and dependable repair. Should your child damage a tooth, even if the chip or crack seems minor, please let us know so we can provide treatment and preserve the smile. For more information on our lifelike and custom dental restorations, schedule an appointment by calling Children’s Dental in Galveston, TX, today at 409-744-4551.