Why do children need dental crowns? Sometimes a child may need a dental crown to protect a primary (baby) tooth that is broken or has a cavity. Primary teeth are essential to making sure that the adult (permanent) teeth grow in correctly. Here is what a crown is — and why it might be needed to protect your child’s smile.
At Li’l Sunshine Smiles Dentistry, we invest in the latest technology to provide cutting edge, quality care. NuSmile signature dental crowns are our restoration of choice for primary teeth affected by early childhood caries. Learn more today by contacting us at 813-576-0200.
Baby teeth play an essential role in your child’s smile and oral development. They act as placeholders for permanent teeth but also support proper digestion, speech development, and healthy self-esteem.
Baby teeth that are damaged by injury or decay benefit from dental crowns to keep the health of the child intact and stable.
Metal-free crowns allow your child to experience the benefits of a dental restoration without the visual interference with their smile. The beautiful white ceramic blends in seamlessly with your child’s natural tooth color so that it is virtually impossible to detect the difference. The strength and durability of NuSmile crowns mean that your child can get the strength of natural tooth enamel as well.
Restore your child’s smile, self-esteem, and oral wellness with the power and biocompatibility of a NuSmile crown. Fabricated with an advanced bioceramic substance, Zirconia, NuSmile crowns have unsurpassed strength and cohesiveness. No need to worry about chips or cracks with this material—it is amazingly strong.
Understanding the process of crown delivery can help you and your child experience less anxiety before the appointment. There are four parts to the dental crown treatment: tooth prep, impressions, temporary crown fitting, and permanent crown delivery.
Preparing the tooth is the process of reshaping the damaged tooth so that the tooth surface can bond with the crown appropriately. Impressions involve a dental putty that forms around the treated tooth and makes an exact replica so that the crown can match. A temporary crown is placed over the prepared tooth while the permanent NuSmile crown is fabricated at the lab. You and your child will return to receive the permanent crown when it is complete, and it will be fitted to the tooth.
A local anesthetic will be used to numb the tooth and gum tissue near the treated tooth so that the treatment process can be pain-free.
Dental crowns stop the spread of tooth decay from the damaged tooth to neighboring teeth. They also keep the gums healthy to save your child from the dangers of gum disease.
Chronic gingivitis is unfortunately common in children manifesting as swollen, red, gum tissue that is prone to bleed. Gingivitis is preventable and treatable when you practice daily oral healthcare practices (brushing, flossing) and when you receive professional dental care when it is needed. Untreated, it can eventually advance to more serious forms of periodontal disease.
If you are suspicious that your child needs a dental crown, or have been told they do, don’t delay! Toth decay has a way of spreading quickly and triggering pain that can be hard to get under control once it starts.
Li’l Sunshine Smiles is committed to offering the best dental crowns on the market. NuSmile ZR is the next generation in pediatric restorative technology. These dental crowns are both beautiful and functional. Zirconia ceramic offers the durability and natural look your child needs. Call Li’l Sunshine Smiles to schedule a NuSmile Crowns consultation today at 813-576-0200.