If you’re here for the short answer, then yes, dental crowns ARE safe for kids! But the real question is: why do kids need dental crowns in the first place? Truth be told, they may be vital to your child’s dental health.
The Purpose of Dental Crowns
When a tooth fractures or has a very large cavity, a crown helps hold the tooth together and protect it from further damage. A crown will prevent sensitivity and let your kids continue to use the tooth to chew on.
Why Crown a Baby Tooth?
Treating the damaged tooth will spare your child unnecessary pain. It’s important to preserve the tooth because it saves the space for the adult tooth to follow. If the baby tooth is lost too soon, the adult tooth may come in crooked or be impacted, creating orthodontic complications later on.
Additionally, the infection in the baby tooth can travel to the developing adult one and damage it before it arrives.
The Crown Procedure for Kids
It’s a very routine and safe process for kids to get dental crowns. If your child is particularly anxious, your dentist may arrange for some light sedation with laughing gas or an oral medication.
Just like any other crown procedure, the affected tooth is carefully shaped, the crown is designed to fit the prepared tooth (usually stainless steel for baby teeth), and it’s cemented in place.
Help your child care for the crown with careful flossing, daily brushing, and age-appropriate doses of fluoride.
A dental crown is a safe solution for kids’ smiles! Contact your dentist to learn more about the procedure.
Posted on behalf of:
Springhurst Hills Dentistry
10494 Westport Rd Suite 107
Louisville, KY 40241
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