Crowns are used when teeth become severely cracked, chipped, decayed, or damaged. They are usually employed in order to stop future damage. They may also be placed for cosmetic purposes such as changing the shape of a chipped tooth or whitening teeth that are very discolored due to staining. Crowns are used with dental implants and are needed after a root canal to prevent tooth fracture.
Crowns are shaped like natural teeth and depending on where in the mouth a crown is required you can choose tooth-colored, stainless steel or gold material. Since teeth that have become damaged or have decayed can change in size and shape, their function can be negatively affected in several different ways. One very simple solution is to have dental crowns placed over the top of the teeth to enhance their appearance, help them function better, and stop the future spread of any already present decay or infection. Dental crowns provide these and a number of other benefits for the patient.
Stainless Steel crowns are the type of crown most often used on baby teeth and are best for molars that do a lot of chewing and grinding. Sometimes baby teeth decay extensively due to lack of hygiene. When this happens the tooth can often be saved by removing the decay, building up the tooth, and putting a stainless steel crown on top. As parents know, damaged teeth can occur very frequently with rambunctious children. Kids who have severely cracked or chipped teeth might experience sensitivity or extreme pain while chewing. Crowns can be used to protect your child’s teeth when the enamel has become cracked or chipped. They also will help stop the future loss of teeth by protecting them from more damage.
Tooth-colored Porcelain is often preferred for teeth in the front of the mouth that will be seen when smiling. They will be made to match the color of your surrounding teeth. We always take extra care to make sure the procedure is as comfortable as possible. Tooth-colored crowns installed at Kids Choice Dental are almost impossible for others to tell if they are natural teeth or crowns.
Children who have severely cracked or damaged teeth might experience over-sensitivity or varying levels of pain while chewing, but a crown can often stop both of these kinds of discomfort. Likewise, crowns can stop the future loss of teeth by protecting them from even more damage. Still, after a crown has been installed, they are usually comfortable to wear, as people who have them hardly notice they’re there. They are also quite durable, will last for several years, and are very easy to care for.
While most kids consider crowns only for adults, play can be rough and accidents can happen. If you and your child feel a crown is the best option, we’ll take extra care to make sure the procedure is as comfortable as possible, the crown’s color matches the surrounding teeth well, and that your child won’t need any more extensive procedures for a very long time. Contact us today for more information or to make an appointment.