If your child’s tooth is damaged for whatever reason, be it tooth decay, dental trauma, a chip or crack, or a broken tooth, a dental crown will protect it from further damage. Your child’s teeth are crucial for maintaining their oral health and assisting with necessary life functions like eating and speaking.
If your child’s tooth has broken, a dental crown can hold it together. When a cavity is left untreated, it will penetrate deeper into the tooth, requiring a very large filling and leaving very little natural tooth structure. This leaves your child’s tooth in a weak and vulnerable state.
Pediatric dental crowns offer the strength and durability necessary to support chewing and grinding of the teeth. They prevent further damage and restore missing tooth structure, and can be fitted and placed in a single appointment.
Your child’s second molars erupt between the ages of 2 and 3.
Your child will first come in for a consultation, where Dr. Thompson, your pediatric dentist in Las Vegas, will examine their tooth and determine if there is any active decay or other damage that first needs to be addressed. She will also determine what type of crown will best suit your child's needs.
Dr. Thompson will pick a crown from a variety of pre-fitted sizes to place on your child's prepared tooth. Whether the crown is made from stainless steel, zirconia, or resin, she will ensure that it fits comfortably and provides protection and support to your little one's tooth.
Using a powerful dental adhesive, Dr. Thompson will place the crown over your child's tooth, completeing the treatment. Your child may experience some minor discomfort over the next 24 hours, but it can usually be managed with age-appropriate over- the-counter pain medication, and by sticking to soft foods for the next few days.
Stainless steel crowns are durable and commonly used in pediatric dentistry. They are prefabricated, making them a quick and cost-effective option for restoring primary teeth with extensive decay or damage. These crowns are known for their strength and resistance to wear and tear, making them suitable for active children. Stainless steel crowns are typically silver in color and cover the entire tooth, providing excellent protection and functionality while allowing for natural tooth eruption as the child grows.
Zirconia crowns are a popular choice for pediatric dentistry due to their natural appearance and high strength. These crowns are made from a tooth-colored, biocompatible material called zirconium dioxide, offering an aesthetically pleasing alternative to stainless steel crowns. Zirconia crowns are often used for restoring teeth that are visible when smiling, as they can mimic the look of natural teeth. They are known for their durability, resistance to fractures, and compatibility with those children who may have metal allergies.
Unveil picture-perfect pediatric dental restorations with prefabricated resin crowns, also known as composite crowns. These tooth-colored wonders can restore your child's teeth while preserving their natural beauty. Resin crowns bond securely to teeth, offering strength, durability, and an aesthetically pleasing solution for both front and back teeth.
Pediatric dental crowns are usually made of stainless steel or zirconia.
Stainless steel crowns are regularly used to treat primary teeth. They protect your child’s baby teeth until they are ready to naturally fall out. Some parents think to themselves, “well, what’s the point of that if the tooth just falls out anyway?”
Your child’s baby teeth are not trivial. They help your child eat, speak, and maintain their smile. More than that though, they also maintain space in the mouth for the permanent tooth when it’s ready to erupt. If your child’s baby tooth becomes decayed or severely damaged without treatment, your child could prematurely lose the tooth.
This will result in the surrounding teeth shifting and blocking the space for the eruption of the permanent tooth. By placing a dental crown on vulnerable teeth, we prevent these unfortunate and preventable circumstances.
If your child needs a stainless steel crown, contact us at Desert Kids Dental today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Sandra Thompson.
1 in 5 children between the age of 5 and 11 have at least one untreated decayed tooth.