While most people think of crowns as a dental procedure for adults, children also benefit significantly from this tooth-saving technique. Dr. Julia Brown of Sweet Tooth Children’s Dentistry has provided crowns and fillings for her young patients in Rancho Cucamonga, California, for many years to promote excellent oral health. To find out more about how crowns can help your child, call or book an appointment online.
A dental crown is a cap that Dr. Brown places over a severely compromised tooth to save your child’s tooth and protect the tooth’s underlying structure. Crowns are used for teeth that are:
Crowns are custom made out of stainless steel, porcelain, ceramic, or a metal/porcelain mix.
The most significant advantage to using crowns is that Dr. Brown is often able to save your child’s tooth from extraction. By preserving the tooth, Dr. Brown prevents the impact a missing tooth can have on your child’s mouth, including:
Ultimately, Dr. Brown’s efforts to save your child’s tooth deliver enormous benefits to your child’s overall health.
While your child’s baby teeth, or primary teeth, are temporary, for several years they play a critical role in your child’s development by:
If your child has a primary tooth that’s compromised in any way, or under threat of decay, Dr. Brown may recommend placing a stainless steel crown over the tooth to enable your child’s oral progression to continue uninterrupted.
The custom-made crown holds the tooth in place until it’s ready to come out and make way for the permanent tooth. When that happens, the crown falls out with it.
After a full examination, Dr. Brown sits down to review what options are available to you. If the tooth is strong enough to hold a filling, Dr. Brown offers two types:
Dentists have used amalgam fillings for over 150 years. These fillings are made from a combination of metals. Because these fillings have noticeable colors, Dr. Brown uses them in back teeth.
Dr. Brown turns to composite fillings for teeth that are readily visible since these fillings mimic the natural color of your child’s teeth.
Between fillings and crowns, there are several ways to preserve your child’s natural teeth. To learn more, call Sweet Tooth Children’s Dentistry, or book an appointment online.