When Kids Need To Receive Crowns

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A crown is a restoration that can address concerns too advanced for a dental filling, such as severe decay or a damaged tooth. When we place one, we can stop discomfort and protect smiles from major complications, such as missing teeth. In today’s blog, your Dallas, TX, pediatric dentist talks about when children need to receive crowns.

The Signs Your Child Needs Treatment

If your little one complains about a toothache, this could indicate a cavity in a more advanced stage. Likewise, if a tooth is damaged, then we may need a restoration like a crown to help. Our team could also employ crowns to help improve bite balance and chewing function for little smiles. Be sure to attend six-month office visits, so our team can watch for these issues and catch them in the early stages, often before they would require a full restoration like a crown. Otherwise, we can employ these restorations to address dental emergencies and stop discomfort related to severe decay. We want to help your kids enjoy better oral health and a comfortable, functional smile!

The Materials We Use

We typically use one of two different materials to create them. For the side and rear teeth, which tend to endure greater bite forces and pressures, we often opt for stainless steel, which is very durable and long-lasting, and also biocompatible. For the more visible teeth, we could opt for NuSmile zirconia, a very strong yet metal-free material that is more lifelike in appearance. The one we choose will depend on a number of factors, including the area where the restoration is being placed.

The Design and Placement Process

If we examine your child’s smile and find one is necessary, then we will numb the tooth so your little one is comfortable as we remove outer structure to make room for them. We then take detailed digital images and measurements, which are used in the design and fabrication process to ensure optimal results. When the restoration is ready, we will attach it to the prepared tooth with a powerful bonding agent. The completed restoration will be able to stay in place for years to come! Even if the tooth being restored is a primary one, care is still important, as months or even years could elapse before the tooth could have fallen out, so the risk of infection and painful symptoms increases.

If you have any questions, contact our team today!

Schedule Your Child’s Next Dental Appointment Today!

Our team wants to help your child enjoy optimal oral health and avoid discomfort. To learn more about how we improve little smiles with crowns, then please contact your Dallas, TX pediatric dentist, Dr. Marr, by calling (214) 321-4880.


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