A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that covers the entire visible portion of a damaged or weakened tooth, restoring its function, strength, and appearance. Dental crowns are custom-made to match the shape, size, and color of your child’s natural teeth, providing a seamless and aesthetically pleasing restoration. In pediatric dentistry, crowns are often used to repair teeth with extensive decay, significant fractures, or those that have undergone a root canal treatment.
Our pediatric dentist at Little Smiles of Franklin will carefully examine your child’s teeth and determine if a dental crown is the most appropriate treatment option. Some common reasons for recommending a dental crown for your child include:
Repairing a tooth with extensive decay that cannot be restored with a filling
Protecting a weak tooth from further damage or fracture
Restoring a fractured or broken tooth
Covering a tooth that has undergone root canal treatment
Improving the appearance of a severely discolored or misshapened tooth
Types of Dental Crowns for Children
At Little Smiles of Franklin, we offer a variety of dental crown materials to suit your child’s unique needs and preferences. Our pediatric dentist will discuss the best option for your child, taking into account factors such as the tooth’s location, the extent of the damage, and your child’s age. Some common types of dental crowns used in pediatric dentistry include:
Stainless steel crowns: A durable and cost-effective option, often used for primary (baby) teeth. These crowns are silver in color and provide a strong, long-lasting restoration.
Tooth-colored composite resin crowns: These crowns blend seamlessly with your child’s natural teeth, providing a more aesthetically pleasing option. Composite resin crowns are typically used for front teeth or in situations where appearance is a priority.
Zirconia crowns: Made from a strong, tooth-colored ceramic material, zirconia crowns offer both durability and a natural appearance. These crowns are becoming increasingly popular in pediatric dentistry due to their biocompatibility and aesthetic appeal.
The Dental Crown Process
Our team at Little Smiles of Franklin is dedicated to ensuring that your child feels comfortable and relaxed during their dental crown procedure. The process typically involves:
Administering local anesthesia to numb the area around the tooth, if necessary.
Preparing the tooth by removing any decay or damaged portions and shaping it to accommodate the crown.
Taking an impression or digital scan of the prepared tooth to create a custom-made crown.
Placing a temporary crown to protect the tooth while the permanent crown is being fabricated.
At a follow-up appointment, removing the temporary crown and checking the fit and color of the permanent crown.
Adjusting the crown as needed and cementing it into place, ensuring a proper bite and comfortable fit.
Once the dental crown is in place, your child may experience some sensitivity or discomfort, which should subside within a few days. It is essential to encourage your child to maintain good oral hygiene habits to ensure the longevity of the crown and the health of the underlying tooth.
Caring for Your Child's Dental Crown
While dental crowns are designed to be durable and long-lasting, proper care is crucial to ensure their longevity. Encourage your child to maintain good oral hygiene practices, including regular brushing, flossing, and dental checkups. Our team at Little Smiles of Franklin will monitor the condition of your child’s dental crown during routine visits and provide guidance on any additional care requirements. With proper care, a dental crown can last for many years, protecting and strengthening your child’s tooth.
Restoring Your Child's Smile with Dental Crowns
At Little Smiles of Franklin, our goal is to provide comprehensive pediatric dental care in a welcoming and supportive environment. Our experienced dental team is committed to ensuring that your child receives the highest quality treatment and has a positive experience during their visit. If your child requires a dental crown or any other dental treatment, please contact us today to schedule an appointment. We look forward to helping your child achieve and maintain a healthy, beautiful smile.
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