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What to Expect With Pediatric Dental Crowns

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What to Expect With Pediatric Dental Crowns

Group of kids smiling at Grandville pediatric dental office

If your child has a decayed or injured baby tooth, our Grandville pediatric dentists may recommend that a dental crown be placed over top. While it may seem silly to use a crown on a tooth that’s not permanent, it’s beneficial for your child’s oral health.

Here’s what there is to know about the main types of pediatric dental crowns, the procedure, and a way you can help your child prevent cavities.

Why Crowns Are Important Even for Baby Teeth

Every parent wants their child to have healthy teeth that are free of decay. Yet, that doesn’t stop the initial thought many have when they hear a dental crown is needed. It’s only a baby tooth, can’t it just be extracted or left alone?

To put it simply, no, because damaged teeth require protection. Though they are eventually replaced by permanent teeth, baby teeth are important. They help your child to speak properly, eat comfortably, and serve as placeholders for adult teeth.

If a decayed tooth is not treated, it could compromise other surrounding teeth and spread rapidly. This is due to the thin enamel of baby teeth. On the other hand, if the tooth is prematurely removed, neighboring teeth will want to fill the space and crowding can occur. Dental crowns are the most durable solution for your child.

Popular Types of Pediatric Crowns

Crowns intended for the repair and restoration of primary teeth differ slightly in terms of materials used but function the same as adult crowns. They consist of a tooth-shaped “cap” that covers a vulnerable tooth, thus restoring its strength.

Where your child’s decayed or injured tooth is located does sometimes affect the type of crown chosen. If the tooth is in the back of the mouth, a less aesthetic option, like stainless steel crowns, are preferable. But, if the tooth is front facing, you may want a white dental crown as it will look more natural.

1. Stainless Steel Crowns

One type of pediatric crown that we offer at our Grandville pediatric dental office is made of stainless steel. Stainless steel crowns have been used in pediatric dentistry for over 80 years and are regarded as a trusted option. The crown itself is a metal shell that is easily placed and can be customized to fit any tooth.

A few other benefits of stainless steel crowns include:

  • Their durability, strength, and resistance to moisture (perfect for back molars)
  • They’re cost-effective and are the most affordable crown option available
  • They generally only require one visit to our pediatric dentists

2. White Crowns

Unlike stainless steel crowns, white crowns contain no metal and closely resemble those made of porcelain. This tooth-colored option is often recommended for damaged teeth in the front of the mouth as they are more aesthetically pleasing. They can be pre-made to a desired size and are made of a material similar to ceramic.

White crowns are also:

  • Stronger and more durable than natural enamel
  • Resistant to plaque accumulation and decay
  • Not capable of producing an allergic response when introduced to biological tissue

The Procedure

Most dental crowns for children can be placed in a single visit, unlike their adult equivalents. Our pediatric dentists will start by numbing the area around the tooth and the tooth itself. Let us know if your child is more anxious at the dentist as we can also offer sedation at this stage to help them relax.

Once everything is properly numb, a dental dam will be placed to isolate the tooth being worked on. This small piece of latex also protects your child’s cheeks, tongue, and gums. Continuing the procedure, our dentists will remove any decay present and shape the tooth for the crown using a special drill.

Lastly, the crown is placed and checked to make sure it fits properly.

Have Sealants Applied to Fight Cavities

You can help prevent tooth decay on back teeth with dental sealants. Sealants are thin coatings that can be painted or brushed onto the chewing surface of your child’s molars.

On the top of these back teeth, there are narrow fissures and pits. Sealants act as a protective shield and prevent plaque from hiding inside these hard-to-brush grooves. If you’re interested in this quick, painless procedure for your child, our dentists can apply them no problem.

We Can Restore Your Child’s Oral Health

Baby teeth are often overlooked but when damaged, they require protection just as much as an adult tooth would. Dental crowns placed by our pediatric dentists in Grandville, MI, work to restore needed strength and functionality. Request an appointment for your child today online or call Grandville Pediatric Dentistry at (616) 531-3430.

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