As a parent, you want your child to have the best dental care possible. While routine cleanings and fillings are common procedures for children, there may be occasions where more extensive treatment is necessary. Pediatric dental crowns are one of these treatments that parents may not be familiar with.
Pediatric dental crowns are tooth-shaped caps that go over a damaged or decayed tooth. These crowns are custom-made to fit your child's tooth perfectly and provide an additional layer of protection for the remaining healthy parts of their teeth.
There are several types of pediatric dental crowns available, including stainless steel, porcelain-fused-to-metal, all-ceramic, and composite resin. Stainless steel is the most common type used due to its durability and affordability. These crowns can be used for many reasons, such as protecting weakened teeth from further damage or decay. They can also be used to restore functionality to teeth that have been severely damaged or broken.
The process for getting pediatric dental crowns involves several steps. The first step is a consultation with your child's dentist, who will assess the need for a crown and discuss treatment options with you. If it is determined that a crown is necessary, your child may need to have their tooth extracted or undergo root canal therapy before the crown can be placed.
Once the tooth has been prepared, an impression of your child's teeth will be taken so that a custom-made crown can be created in a dental laboratory. While waiting for the permanent crown to be made, your child will wear a temporary one to protect their tooth. When the permanent crown is ready, your child will return to the dentist's office for its placement. Your dentist will ensure that it fits properly and make any necessary adjustments before cementing it into place.
Aftercare includes regular brushing and flossing around the crowned tooth as well as routine check-ups at the dentist's office. With proper care and maintenance, pediatric dental crowns can last many years and help keep your child's smile healthy and strong.
If you believe that your child might need a pediatric dental crown, talk to their dentist right away. By working together to make sure that your little one gets the care they need as soon as possible, you'll ensure that they're able to grow up with healthy teeth and a bright smile.
To learn more, contact Grant Gerety, DDS, at Warren Clinic Bldg # 7, 4606 E. 67th St., Suite 310, Tulsa, OK 74136. Call us at (918) 493-3031 to book an appointment.