For children who suffer from tooth decay, crowns are a reasonable restorative solution. When a tooth is affected by decay on more than one surface, multiple fillings do not adequately protect and repair the tooth. The fillings will most likely break, and decay will set in once again. A crown fits over the tooth as a cap, guarding against further decay and maintaining the shape and function of the original tooth.
Types of Crowns
Stainless–steel crowns are commonly used for molars and teeth located farther back in the mouth. Molars are important for chewing substantial foods and must withstand much more pressure than front-facing teeth. Stainless-steel crowns are durable and help the molars do their job correctly.
For the front teeth, tooth-colored composite crowns may be used to restore a normal white smile. While not as strong as stainless steel, composite crowns are an aesthetically pleasing restorative option for damaged front-facing teeth.
The Advantages of Dental Crowns
Crowns are built to last and normally do not require more than one dental visit for correct placement. Missing, broken and/or decayed teeth may cause a child to have difficulty speaking and eating. Crowns are durable and function exactly like the original, non–affected tooth. They will hold the space between surrounding teeth, protecting against shifting.
After Crown Placement
Your child may feel mild discomfort after crown installation as the original tooth adjusts to the new covering. Our team might suggest administering over-the-counter pain medication to relieve any aches, but crown placement is normally a swift, routine procedure completed in one short dental visit.
Trust Harbor Kids Dental in Aberdeen, and Olympia, Washington, to provide the highest level of dental care for your child, including crown placement to remedy tooth decay.