At What Point Does a Child Need a Dental Crown?

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Your child might need a dental crown if their tooth is no longer able to support a dental filling due to severe decay or breaking. If your child’s tooth is broken or lacks adequate enamel, the tooth is susceptible to developing a cavity. A dental crown is also placed on a tooth after it has undergone endodontic (root canal) treatment because the tooth is brittle and can easily break. The crown is a long-lasting way to help maintain the tooth. A dental crown not only offers support but also provides protection.

At WindHaven Pediatric Dentistry in Aubrey, TX, pediatric dentist Dr. Karrie Lee will examine your child’s teeth and develop a personalized treatment plan that may involve placing a dental crown on a tooth if necessary.

Does my child need a dental crown?

Dr. Lee and her dental team will carry out a comprehensive exam, which may include x-rays, to determine if your child needs a pediatric dental crown. With an x-ray, Dr. Lee can better assess the damaged tooth to determine if it can support or will need a crown. If a pediatric dental crown is needed, Dr. Lee will explain what to expect during treatment.

Dental crowns at WindHaven Pediatric Dentistry are made using high-quality materials. The goal is to ensure that the restorative crown looks good and fits well. There are both Zirconia white crowns and silver stainless steel crowns available.

What to expect from pediatric dental crown treatment

Dr. Lee will ensure that your child feels comfortable during the entire procedure. She will effectively clean and numb the area using a local anesthetic, so your child does not experience pain during the dental process. The dental team will use specialized tools to create an impression of the tooth that will be used to create a customized crown. Dr. Lee will place a temporary crown on your child’s tooth until a customized crown is made. Your child will need to return for a second visit to have the customized crown fitted. When placing the new crown, Dr. Lee follows almost the same process as the temporary crown.

How to care for your child’s dental crown

After placing the crown on your child’s tooth, the dental team at WindHaven Pediatric Dentistry in Aubrey, TX will provide you with detailed post-operative instructions. Your child can usually return to school and regular activities following the crown’s placement. Ensure that your child keeps the dental crown clean through twice a day brushing and flossing. Your child should avoid eating sticky or chewy foods which can loosen or pull off the crown.

If the crown is placed on your child’s primary tooth, then eventually, the tooth will loosen and fall out. It is then replaced with a healthy, perfect permanent tooth. However, if your child’s crown is placed on the permanent tooth, then it is considered a long-term treatment for your child’s tooth.

Schedule a pediatric dental crown consultation in Aubrey, TX

If your child requires a dental crown, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Karrie Lee and her dental team at WindHaven Pediatric Dentistry in Aubrey, TX. She will create a personalized treatment plan to help meet your child’s needs. Contact us today to learn more.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.