If your child has experienced a very large cavity, then chances are they may need to have nerve therapy treatment as well as a crown placed on the tooth. There are different forms of crowns, depending on the type of tooth being treated and where it is located in the mouth. Your pediatric dentist will choose the type of crown most suited for your child’s dental needs.
In some cases, a temporary stainless steel crown may need to be used. These are usually reserved for the molars in the back of the mouth; either primary (baby) molars, or permanent (adult) molars. Stainless steel temporary crowns are capable of withstanding the lifespan of the primary molars before the tooth naturally exfoliates. If a temporary crown is placed on a permanent tooth in a child, this is because the tooth is still forming and is not fully erupted into place. Because temporary crowns are a single shape and not custom fitted, they require excellent oral hygiene to remove any food or debris that collects around the neck of the tooth.
As a child gets older, their permanent teeth will finish developing and temporary crowns placed on permanent molars will begin to wear out. At this point it is important to replace the temporary crown with a permanent crown, such as a porcelain or gold crown. This will ensure that the area stays healthy and free of recurrent decay.
Protecting the health of your child’s teeth now is something that will prevent complications later on when they’re adults. Investing in the proper treatment and taking care of therapies such as stainless steel crowns will eliminate the spread of decay, reduce orthodontic concerns, and prevent problems such as toothaches or dental emergencies.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Joyce Ma, Prime Dental Care
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