When Do Kids Need A Dental Crown?
A filling is a restoration that treats a cavity in one visit. But what if a tooth is chipped or cracked, or suffering from a more advanced stage of tooth decay? In these scenarios, we can offer repair with a dental crown. In today’s blog, your Dallas, TX, pediatric dentist talks about how we craft and place a dental restoration.
When a Tooth Needs Restoration
The dental crown covers the visible portion of each tooth, the entirety of the structure above the gum line. Which means for children, we can help address an array of serious issues. For example, we can treat more advanced cases of tooth decay to prevent infection. If a tooth is infected, we could complete a pulpotomy and protect the remaining structure. Our team could place them to address issues with a tooth’s shape and to improve overall bite balance and chewing function as well.
Placing a Dental Crown
How do we place them? To begin, we will carefully examine the smile and assess the need for the restoration. Next, our team will numb the tooth receiving one, and gently remove structure from. We then attach the crown with a powerful bonding agent. The restoration itself could be made from stainless steel for the rear teeth, which ensure greater bite forces. We could employ zirconia for the more visible teeth, as this material is more lifelike in appearance. Once in place, they have the potential to last for years.
Often the same steps that allow your child’s restoration to last for years to come help safeguard other teeth in the smile. For example, your children need to brush in the morning and again at night, and should use a small amount of fluoride toothpaste each time. Flossing is also essential once there are teeth sitting next to one another. Reducing the consumption of foods and drinks high in sugar is helpful too. Finally, make time for your little to undergo a checkup and cleaning every six months, so we can watch for the earliest signs of decay and other issues, providing treatment before discomfort arises. We will also clean the teeth to remove all plaque and tartar, limiting the risk of poor oral health and the need for a dental restoration.
If you have any questions about how we treat little smiles, or about keeping their smiles healthy and strong from home, then contact our team today.
Your Dallas, TX, Dentist Offers Children’s Dentistry
We would like to help improve the function, health, and beauty of your child’s smile. If you have any questions about how we repair little smiles, then contact your Dallas, TX pediatric dentist, Dr. Marr, by calling (214) 321-4880.
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