Oh no! Your pediatric dentist recently told you that your child has an extensively damaged or decayed tooth and that a filling isn’t sufficient to properly restore the tooth. What next?
South OC Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics in Mission Viejo, California, offers pediatric dental crowns for baby teeth. So, if your child has large cavity, our pediatric dentists — Drs. John De Lorme and Sam Wu— can restore their smile’s beauty and function with a dental crown.
You may be a little confused if your dentist says your kid needs a dental crown. It’s only a baby tooth — why not just remove it? Baby teeth need protection. Even though they’ll eventually fall out to pave the way for permanent teeth, baby teeth are essential for chewing, speaking, and confidence. Besides, when baby teeth are removed too early, they may complicate the eruption of permanent teeth and can cause shifting of the adjacent teeth.
There are several reasons why your child may need a crown. Some include:
A dental crown preserves the baby tooth until it falls out naturally. This allows your child to enjoy food, smile confidently, and live pain-free. Our office fabricates dental crowns using natural-looking materials, including porcelain, zirconia, and ceramic. Non-metal restorations deliver beautiful, durable, and safe outcomes.
The first step is to examine your child tooth’s to determine the extent of the damage. A pediatric tooth filling can correct minor decay or damage, but significant damage needs a crown. Before placing a crown, we gently remove the decayed portion and reshape the tooth to create a suitable foundation. We ensure your child’s comfort during this process by numbing the gums. However, if your child experiences dental anxiety, please feel free to discuss sedation dentistry options with us.
After tooth preparation, we take precise impressions of the prepared tooth, which are then forwarded to our trusted dental lab partner to fabricate the crown. While awaiting the permanent crown, we’ll temporarily place a protective crown or filling to safeguard the prepared tooth. Once the permanent crown is ready, we meticulously assess its fit before securing it to the tooth using a strong dental adhesive.
Pediatric dental crowns are durable enough to stay in place until the permanent teeth erupt. However, dental crown care is vital for longevity.
Taking care of pediatric crowns includes:
While baby teeth are placeholders for adult teeth, it doesn’t mean they should be neglected when damage or decay occurs. Pediatric dental crowns from South OC Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics help restore the strength and functionality of baby teeth for optimal oral health.