Crowns for Kids
At Weideman Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, we will always try to prevent dental problems before they occur. However, many children need some form of restorative treatment due to tooth decay. Significant damage from tooth decay may even require the placement of a dental crown.
Thanks to improvements in technology, technique, and materials, there are more dental crown options than ever before. While stainless steel is still the most common option for primary (baby) teeth, we also offer composite and zirconium crowns. Zirconium is a ceramic compound that is both durable and aesthetically pleasing.
Reasons for Child Dental Crowns
The underlying goal of all dental crowns is to save a tooth from extraction, tooth loss, or further decay. However, we may recommend a crown for a variety of reasons. The most common reasons include:
An early childhood cavity can cause so much damage that it threatens the life of a primary or baby tooth. While primary teeth eventually fall out, the premature loss of a decayed tooth can create greater complications for your child’s oral health. The most common issues are misaligned or impacted permanent teeth.
If the damage to a primary tooth is severe, a crown may be the only option. Depending on the location of the tooth, we may recommend a composite or zirconium crown to restore its appearance. Specialists at Weideman Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics will determine if your child is a suitable candidate for a crown during a consultation appointment.
Zirconium Crown Procedure
A crown is a tooth-shaped cap that restores the function and aesthetic of the tooth. Composite crowns are hand built by the doctor, stainless steel and zirconium crowns are prefabricated. All of these crowns can be completed in a single appointment. During the procedure, we may need to reshape the natural enamel to accommodate the shape and size of the crown.
After the tooth is properly prepared, we use dental cement to bond the restoration to the tooth permanently. Specialists at Weideman Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics will choose an appropriately-sized crown that best fits your child’s mouth, taking into consideration the size and shape of the existing teeth and the bite. Once the crown is in place, it should prevent the primary tooth from falling out prematurely.
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If your child has a badly damaged or decayed tooth, you should take action immediately! Call or text (916) 962-0577 to schedule a consultation appointment today!