When children have oral health issues too severe to be treated with a dental filling, we may suggest treatment with a stainless-steel crown, or a lifelike zirconia one. In today’s blog, your Dallas, TX, pediatric dentist talks about how these restorations benefit little smiles, and the steps we take to create and place them.
Creating and Placing the Restoration
First, let’s talk about the crown itself. The restoration fits over the tooth, acting as a cap. Since the restoration covers the entire visible portion of each tooth, this allows it to address an array of cosmetic and restorative issues. To place one, we first administer a local anesthetic and sedation to ensure your child is comfortable. Structure is removed from the tooth, and we take detailed digital images. The images and measurements we gather will be used in a dental lab to design and fabricate the restoration. For the teeth that must absorb major bite forces, we could use stainless steel. For a more lifelike appearance, we could use zirconia. With zirconia, you have a material that can absorb major bite forces and also be color-matched to blend with the smile.
Improving Smile Development
Placing a dental crown could help improve the overall balance of the bite, boosting the ability to chew and even ensuring proper speech development. They could safeguard baby teeth and help guide permanent teeth into place too. Improved bite balance could help prevent issues like teeth grinding, and also limit the risk of misalignment and other tissues as your child’s smile grows and changes with time.
Treating Cavities and Infection
The restorations also help repair teeth that have developed tooth decay and infection, factors that cause toothaches and tooth sensitivity, and also increases the risk of a tooth becoming lost or requiring extraction. However, the crown helps protect the remaining structure and keeps your child’s smile whole. Routine care could help them stay in place for decades to come. You should make sure your little one continues to brush and floss daily, and also make time to see us for a checkup and cleaning every six months. If you have any questions about how we create and place a dental crown for your kids, then give us a call today!
Talk To Your Dallas, TX Pediatrician About Custom Tooth Repair
At our Dallas, TX pediatric dentist’s office is ready to help transform your little one’s smile with a custom treatment option. To find out more about safeguarding your child’s dental health with custom-made restorative dental care, please call Pediatric Dental Care At Casa Linda at 214-321-4880. We’re ready to help make sure your little one’s smile is strong and ready for another school year!