Dental Tips Blog

Jan
7

Are Dental Crowns Safe for Kids?

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
(502) 791-8358

Mar
13

Crowns: Why Restore A Baby Tooth?

Posted in Crowns

If you’ve just discovered that your child has a tooth that needs a crown, you may be wondering why it should be restored. After all, isn’t it just going to come out eventually, anyways?

Aren’t Baby Teeth Temporary?

Children typically lose their first baby tooth around the age of 5 or 6. They continue to gradually lose their baby teeth until they at last lose their back molars, somewhere around the age of 12. Even though baby teeth aren’t permanent, they’re still going to be with your child for quite a while. During that time, there are many reasons to encourage maintaining a healthy, functional smile for your child:

  • Baby teeth act as placeholders that reserve a spot for the new permanent tooth and help guide it into place, when it erupts. It’s not a good idea to prematurely pull a baby tooth as an alternative to restoring it.
  • Your child’s smile will affect their growing self esteem. Restoring your child’s tooth will also restore his confident smile.
  • A healthy smile isn’t just about being aesthetically pleasing, it’s also about maintaining proper function for eating and speaking. A crown strengthens and restores the decaying tooth, so that it can continue to function as it should.
  • If left untreated, a baby tooth can negatively affect the development of the permanent tooth that will eventually take its place.
  • Unchecked tooth decay can turn into infection and an abscess, causing intense pain. Also, untreated decay often leads to more extensive, invasive and expensive treatments later down the road. Perhaps even hospitalization.

It’s important to properly care for and maintain baby teeth. They’re there for a reason! Speak to your dentist today about how to help your child maintain healthy, beautiful teeth.

Posted on behalf of:
Kennesaw Mountain Dental Associates
1815 Old 41 Hwy NW #310
Kennesaw, GA 30152
(770) 927-7751

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