Dental crowns are a common tool used by both pediatric and general dentists to help maintain a complete smile while also preventing decay or cavities from spreading.
What is a Dental Crown?
A dental crown is a stainless steel cap that is shaped like the top portion of a tooth and is used to cap a damaged tooth.
Why are dental crowns needed?
Dental crowns are often applied for a number of different reasons. Some of these can include cosmetic reasons, like when a tooth is discolored or a patient wants a crown to correct a tooth that may look abnormal. However, in most cases, crowns are needed to help provide extra support for a weak tooth.
When a tooth has a particularly bad cavity that has grown large, a root canal or excavation procedure may be needed, which will take away some of the structural integrity of the tooth. After a root canal, dental crowns are used to cap the tooth so that it can simulate the shape of a healthy tooth, while also preventing the tooth from future decay.
For children, even though their primary teeth will eventually fall out, it is still important or necessary to apply a crown. Some reasons include:
- Prevent decay from coming back or spreading
- Simulate healthy tooth shape for chewing and eating
- Maintaining a proper smile
Dr. Dan and the pediatric dental team will discuss with you if a dental crown is needed and help you evaluate the options. If a dental crown is decided upon, our team will make sure that you have all the information before we move forward.
What is the process of getting a dental crown?
Getting dental crowns is a relatively simple and easy procedure. When applying a dental crown, you can expect the following steps:
Excavation of Decayed Areas: Before a dental crown is placed, all the diseased and decayed areas must be removed and cleaned up. This can come in the form of a baby root canal or removal of a particularly large cavity.
Tooth Shaping: Once the decayed areas are removed, the tooth will then be prepared for the crown. The tooth will be shaved down so that it a crown can easily be placed on top of it.
Sizing of Crown: After the tooth has been shaped, a dental crown will then be fitted onto the child’s tooth to ensure that it is the proper size to cap the tooth. Here is where slight adjustments will be made to make sure that the crown fits seamlessly.
Application of Crown: Finally, once the perfect size has been determined, the crown will then be cemented onto the tooth using a special pediatric dental cement that will keep the crown and tooth together.
After the crown has been set the procedure it will function and look as a normal healthy tooth. Dr. Dan will discuss with your child and the family about getting used to and ensuring longevity for the recently installed crown.
How long do dental crowns last?
Dental crowns are made to be durable and usually will last a child until their permanent teeth come in. Therefore, you child will most likely not need any replacements, unless there is any unforeseen damage to the crown.