Dental Crowns To Save Your Childs Tooth

When a filling cannot fix the problem, a crown may be needed.

Sometimes a filling cannot do the job of restoring the tooth.  A crown may be needed if the tooth has severe decay or has other trauma a filling cannot fix properly.

Dental Crowns For Kids

dental crowns for kidsSometimes your child may need a crown in order to fix a tooth that has experienced decay or even some other type of trauma.  They are used specifically for teeth that a filling is not suitable for in order to fix it but there is enough of the tooth left in order to save some of it.  The strength, durability and longevity of the crown will be dependent on several factors which include regular check-ups and cleanings.

When Is A Composite Crown Used?

  • A broken tooth that cannot be repaired by normal fillings
  • Badly decayed teeth where very little of the tooth’s structure remains
  • To prevent breakage of a tooth because there is a partially removed nerve (pulpotomy)

A crown is a tooth-shaped cap that covers the natural tooth in cases of advanced decay. Crowns may be made of a number of materials, including porcelain, ceramics or metal. The dentist will prepare the tooth for the crown to be placed, which may involve drilling to remove decay and contouring the tooth to accommodate the crown. The crown is bonded to the tooth using a dental cement.

A composite crown is not as strong as the natural tooth so it is important to emphasize to your child not to be biting on hard foods such as very hard candies or other objects that can put pressure on the crown.  Crowns can darken slightly so keeping them clean is important.

If your child experiences any pain or discomfort after getting a crown, then call our office immediately.