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What Are Pediatric Dental Crowns?
As the name implies, pediatric dental crowns are a type of tooth-shaped cap for restoring damaged deciduous (temporary) teeth in babies and children. These caps restore the tooth’s shape, strength, and functionality, saving the teeth and removing the need for premature teeth extraction. Our pediatric dental crowns are made from stainless steel, a strong, non-corrosive biocompatible metal that can withstand biting and chewing pressure to restore your teeth to normal functionality.
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When Are Pediatric Crowns Necessary?
Dentists may recommend pediatric dental crowns for various situations. However, the most common reason for dental crowns is extensive tooth decay, causing large cavities that are too large for dental fillings. Dentists may also use pediatric dental crowns to restore the fractured portion of chipped teeth, restoring their original shape.
Pediatric dental crowns are also useful for children with weak enamel that compromises the structural integrity of their teeth. Dentists can use pediatric crowns to reinforce these fragile teeth, protecting them from cracking and chipping. Pediatric crowns are also useful for root canal treatments to restore the decayed portions of the teeth during treatment.
The Pediatric Dental Crown Treatment Process
Step 1: Consultations, X-Rays, and Impressions
Our Marshfield pediatric dentist will ask you questions about your child’s medical history and whether they’re currently under any medication during the first consultation. They’ll also conduct a comprehensive examination of your child’s teeth before taking a few X-rays. Dentists also use a digital scanner or will ask your child to bite a putty-like material to get impressions of your child’s teeth.
Step 2: Local Anesthesia and Tooth Preparation
The dentist will then use local anesthesia, a type of sedation dentistry which numbs the affected tooth and surrounding areas, to ensure a painless procedure. The tooth preparation process involves removing decayed portions of the teeth using a dental drill or laser. While doing so, the dentist also shapes the teeth to create room for the crown.
Step 3: Crown Selection and Placement
The dentist will gently place the crown on top of the affected teeth, ensuring it fits snugly and aligns properly with the rest of the teeth. The dentist then uses an adhesive (usually dental cement) to bond the crown to the teeth. They then remove any excess dental cement before proceeding to the final step.
Step 4: Final Adjustments and Post-Treatment Care
The dentist then performs a few final adjustments on the crowns to ensure they fit comfortably and function as they should. They’ll also ask you whether you have any questions or concerns about your child’s dental crowns. They’ll then release you and your child once they provide you with after-care instructions for your child’s crown(s).
Frequently asked questions about pediatric dental crowns
What Type of Crown Is Primarily Used for Children?
Stainless steel is the most common type of crown used in pediatric dentistry. These crowns are a combination of stainless steel, nickel, and chrome. They’re extremely durable and pretty affordable too.
How Long Do Pediatric Crowns Last?
Pediatric dental crowns last five to fifteen years, depending on how well the child takes care of their teeth. In most cases, the crowns fall out with the teeth once the permanent teeth emerge. It’s uncommon for pediatric crowns to fall prematurely.