A dental crown is a tooth-shaped covering that is cemented to a damaged tooth. With a tooth cap, we can take a broken or chipped tooth and restore its original shape and function.
Your children’s dentist may recommend a tooth crown when a baby or permanent tooth is:
- Excessively decayed
- Fractured due to trauma
- Not developed properly
A tooth crown is more durable than a dental filling, and is better for repairing more extensive damage.
Why Repair Primary Teeth?
Some parents ask why it is necessary to repair a damaged or decayed primary tooth with a dental crown.
- Because the enamel of baby teeth is so thin, decay can spread rapidly to the rest of the smile. With one tooth cap, you can protect the rest of your child’s smile.
- A dental crown will restore the shape, size, and function of your child’s tooth. He or she will be able to chew and speak with ease.
- Your child’s tooth crown will promote the healthy development of his or her jawbone and muscles.
Restoring Your Child’s Health with a Dental Crown
What can you expect from your tooth crown placement experience?
- Dr. Dhillon will numb the area. We will provide patient comforts. Nitrous oxide is also an option at Just for Kids Dentistry.
- Your children’s dentist will place the dental dam. This small piece of latex will isolate the affected tooth and protect the rest of the mouth.
- Dr. Dhillon will remove any decay and shape the tooth for the dental crown.
- He will place the tooth cap snugly over the tooth using a special bonding cement. He will polish and file the crown as necessary.
What Happens After the Procedure?
Any discomfort that may occur should only last for 24 hours after the procedure. You should discourage eating until your child’s numbness has worn off. To preserve the integrity of the tooth cap, the child should diligently brush, floss, and rinse at least twice each day. If he or she is experiencing pain after 24 hours, please give us a call so we can help.
For More Information, Contact Just for Kids Dentistry Today
If you think your child’s smile may need some attention, contact our office today. Our children’s dentist, Dr. Dhillon, would love to get to know your family. Let’s schedule a visit and discuss a dental crown today!