A pediatric dental crown is a protective cap for your child’s tooth. If your child has a decayed, damaged, or broken tooth, they will need to protect the tooth from further breakage to prevent tooth loss.
Baby teeth are very important for tooth functionality, smile aesthetics, and maintaining your tooth alignment. They hold space for the permanent tooth to erupt through when it’s time. This is why it’s important to prevent oral health problems and protect vulnerable teeth from needing an extraction.
Baby teeth are thinner which means they’re more prone to cavities and tooth decay spread more easily into the deeper layers of the tooth, compromising its integrity. If your child has a decayed, infected, or damaged tooth, they will need to get the problem treated and then the best way to protect the tooth until it naturally falls out.
Pediatric crowns can be placed on deciduous and permanent teeth. Give us a call at Smilehaus Pediatric Dentistry to schedule an appointment.
Dr. Odoom will perform an oral exam on your child’s teeth and take x-rays to look for signs of infection, decay, or damage that may need to be treated before receiving crowns.
If your child gets anxious when going to the dentist, they can be sedated to relax them for this treatment. However, your child will receive a local anesthetic so they won’t feel any pain.
Once your child’s mouth is numbed, we will drill into their tooth to remove any tooth decay from the tooth.
Depending on the reason a crown is needed, the location of the tooth, and your child’s goals, we will have an open discussion about your options for crown materials and make a recommendation.
Pediatric crowns are pre-fitted so they are already fabricated and come in various sizes. We can mold the crown to your tooth so it fits and will cement it into place.
Pediatric crowns are made of durable materials that are built to last until the baby tooth naturally falls out, which is at least several years. If a crown was placed over a baby tooth, it should last for the rest of the tooth’s lifespan and never need to be replaced.
It will naturally fall out with the tooth and be replaced by a permanent tooth. No further treatment should be needed. If the crown was placed over a damaged permanent tooth, then it should last for at least 4 years. Once your child is old enough, it may eventually need to be replaced with an adult crown.