Dental Crowns Can Be A Good Option for Children

It’s natural to want what’s best for your children, especially when it comes to their health. When it comes to their teeth, there are times a dental crown may be the best option. Dental crowns are commonly used to restore damaged or decayed teeth, and they can also provide additional benefits for children. At All Smiles Children’s Dentistry in Vista, our team has the answers to some of the most common questions about children’s dental crowns.

What are the Benefits of a Dental Crown in Kids?

Dental crowns for children can provide a number of benefits, including:

  1. Protecting a damaged tooth. A crown can help protect a severely broken or compromised tooth from further decay or damage, potentially preventing the need for more extensive treatments such as nerve treatment or extractions.
  1. Strengthening a weakened tooth. If a child’s tooth has become weakened due to decay or injury, a crown can help it continue functioning normally until it’s closer to the time for it to fall out naturally.
  2. Preserving the tooth for a longer amount of time. Teeth act as natural placeholders and guides for a child’s developing smile. Restoring damaged teeth omits the risk of premature tooth loss.
  3. Maintaining proper tooth spacing. If we remove a tooth prematurely, it can interfere with normal eruption patterns, resulting in impacted teeth, crowding, and a misaligned bite. Preserving the tooth is important for normal oral growth and development.

Are Crowns Placed on Baby Teeth?

Yes, in certain situations, crowns can be placed on baby (primary) teeth. Primary teeth play an important role in a child’s development, speech, and diet, so preserving them as long as possible is generally recommended. If baby teeth have been extensively damaged or abscessed, a crown can provide protection, restore function, and prevent further damage.

Dental Crown Treatment Process for Kids

The process for pediatric dental crowns is straightforward and almost identical to a filling appointment. Dr. Houri will gently numb your child’s tooth so that they will remain comfortable throughout the entire visit. We also have gentle laughing gas to help take their mind off of things. Next, Dr. Houri will remove the damaged portions of the tooth and place a kid-friendly crown with a special bonding agent. It’s important to have your child avoid eating anything hard or sticky for the rest of the day.

Are There Any Risks Involved in Getting a Dental Crown as a Child?

As with any dental procedure, there are some side-effects that may occur when a child is getting dental work.

First is tooth sensitivity. Your child’s tooth may be more sensitive to temperature changes for a few days after the crown is placed. This should subside as your child’s tooth adjusts to the crown.

Since we are using local anesthetic to numb the tooth, make sure your child is not accidentally biting or sucking on their lips or cheeks afterward (this can result in accidental injury to their soft tissues since they cannot feel what they’re biting down on.

Pediatric dental crowns are temporary in nature, so they are meant to last until the permanent tooth erupts. Or if it’s on a permanent tooth, it will be replaced with a different restoration once your child’s mouth is fully developed. As such, it’s important that the crown is cleaned properly to avoid recurring decay or gum infection around the edges of the restoration.

The Cost of Children’s Dental Crowns

The cost of your child’s dental crown will depend on a number of factors, including the location of the tooth, the materials used to make the crown, and your insurance coverage. At All Smiles Children’s Dentistry in Vista, CA, we work with many insurance providers to help make the cost of dental crowns and other procedures more affordable for our patients.

Schedule Your Child’s Visit Today

If you think your child may benefit from a dental crown, don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation with Dr. Houri at All Smiles Children’s Dentistry in Vista, CA. Our team of pediatric dental professionals is dedicated to providing the best possible care for your child’s oral health. We’ll work with you to create a customized treatment plan and a comfortable environment that meets your child’s unique needs!

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