When a child comes to us with a dental cavity, we may address the problem in a single sitting with a filling. However, sometimes injuries or cavities could be severe enough that a filling simply isn’t enough. Fortunately, your Dallas, TX, pediatric dentist has another option for restoring little smiles: A custom-made dental crown.
When Do Kids Need a Crown?
As we touched on above, we typically place them to address issues too severe for a dental filling. For example, we can use them to correct advanced cases of decay, or to complete a root canal procedure for a dental infection. They also help address issues with a smile’s balance, improving the ability to chew effectively, boosting speech development, and guiding permanent teeth in position. Often, placing one actually prevents the loss of a tooth or the need for a tooth extraction, helping your child maintain his or her natural smile. We may find an issue in need of treatment during routine checkup and cleaning visits. If you child reports persistent pain in a tooth, then please let us know and schedule a visit!
Creating and Placing a Restoration
First, we will gently remove structure from the tooth receiving a restoration. Next, our team will take detailed images and impressions, which allow us to design and fabricate a custom-made restoration. When the restoration is complete, you and your child will return to the office so we can place the final restoration with a powerful bonding agent, which secures it for years to come. We will keep an eye on this restoration during follow-up visits and routine checkups every few months.
The Materials We Use
The materials we use to craft the crown will depend on where the restoration is being placed. For example, the rear teeth must endure and absorb greater bite forces and pressure on a daily basis, so we may opt for a stainless-steel option. For the side and front-facing teeth, which are more visible, we often try to use zirconia, which is a ceramic material that is very strong and also blends with the smile seamlessly. We sometimes even place zirconia on the rear teeth! If you have any questions about treating dental damage or aches in your child’s tooth, or about scheduling an appointment for your little one, then please contact our team today.
Do You Have Questions About Children’s Dental Crowns?
With a custom-made dental crown, we have the opportunity to return little smiles to a healthier and stronger state once again. To learn more, schedule an appointment by calling Pediatric Dental Care at Casa Linda in Dallas, TX today at 214-321-4880. We proudly serve patients who live around Casa Linda and all surrounding Dallas communities.