Why Your Child May Need a Dental Crown
Cavities on baby teeth are just as important to fix as cavities on adult teeth. You may wonder why it’s necessary to fix cavities or decay on baby teeth, even though they will eventually be lost when the adult teeth come in. However, baby teeth are vital in allowing the proper eruption of adult teeth and reducing the risk of space issues and crowding.
If a cavity is diagnosed on a baby tooth, ensure it is treated as soon as possible so it is not left to grow larger. Once a hole on a baby tooth is large and close to the tooth’s nerve, it will require a dental crown and possibly treatment of the tooth’s nerve, called the pulp.
Cavities in baby teeth grow quickly because the enamel (the outer layer) is thin; once the cavity is through, it travels fast. Cavities on baby teeth can also spread to the adjacent adult teeth.
Important Information About Baby Tooth Crowns
- Crowns placed on baby teeth are usually made of stainless steel and appear silver unless the crown is on a front tooth or there is a specific request for a white crown.
- Baby teeth with dental crowns fall out just like regular baby teeth, and the crown will usually come out in 1 piece.
- Baby teeth with dental crowns will need to be x-rayed every year or so to check the health of the roots and to check for infection.
- Baby teeth with dental crowns should be cared for and cleaned at home just like natural baby teeth, brushing at least twice a day and flossing at least once a day.
- Dental crowns can be placed on their own or top of a root filling, meaning they can be used for various stages of large cavities.
- It is essential for your child to see the dentist and dental hygienist at least every six months to make sure their teeth and gums are healthy and to check the dental crown(s)
- Dental crowns on baby teeth can be placed by dentists or pediatric dentists, either awake or under general anesthetic.
- Dental crowns help to protect the teeth and the roots from further damage from cavities.
If you believe your child may require a dental crown or have any questions about them, we encourage you to contact us today to schedule an appointment.