Why Does Your Child Need a Dental Crown?

Has a dentist suggested that your child needs a dental crown? You might wonder why the dentist can’t just fill the tooth instead of crowning the whole thing.

Crowns for baby teeth are usually made from stainless steel. This metal is safe, cost-effective, and easy to restore a tooth quickly.

Dr. Jamsheed is an Encino dentist with extensive experience in both family and pediatric dental care. He’s placed many crowns on baby teeth and wants parents to understand why your child may need a dental crown in certain situations.

 

Baby Teeth Are Often Too Delicate for Large Fillings

Baby teeth are smaller than adult ones and have very thin enamel. It doesn’t take much for a cavity to breach through the enamel layer and threaten the entire tooth. Unless a cavity is very small, it’s better to save the tooth by capping it. This protective step will ensure that your child can keep using their tooth until the adult replacement arrives.

 

A Dental Crown May Be a More Reliable and Cost-Effective Option

Neither you nor your child want to go through multiple repeat appointments in an effort to restore a baby tooth. It will be easier on the both of you to simply have the tooth capped in one appointment rather than attempt more complicated treatment.

 

Your Child Cannot Tolerate Anesthesia

An untreated cavity in a baby tooth could necessitate a minor root canal procedure or extraction. Those procedures usually require child patients to be sedated, at least to an extent. If your child can’t tolerate anesthesia, then it’s best to cap a decayed tooth to prevent it from getting any worse.

 

Your Child’s Oral Hygiene Isn’t That Great

Dental crowns can protect decayed baby teeth and keep them from getting any worse, in the event your child doesn’t have a stable oral hygiene routine. You wouldn’t want the cavity to spread to an adjacent tooth!

 

Still have questions? Call Dr. Jamsheed at our Encino dentist office to learn more.

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