Dental Crowns for Severely Decayed and Damaged Baby Teeth: What to Know
Dental crowns are a common dental treatment for severely decayed or damaged teeth. The role of baby teeth is very important. Some parents might wonder if crowns are worth the effort, the answer is yes. Restoring and protecting the baby teeth is always the dentist first priority.
Baby Teeth Play a Vital Role in Secondary Tooth Eruption
The role of baby teeth cannot be understated. Baby teeth serve several vital functions that help to ensure a child’s proper development, such as:
- Saving the space for adult teeth to erupt and guiding adult teeth into the correct position (One missing baby tooth can cause crowding and misalignment. This in turn can hinder the permanent teeth from erupting in the proper position in the mouth. These issues may then lead to the need for extensive orthodontic treatment in your child’s later years.)
- Allowing children to speak clearly
- Providing support for chewing and digesting food
Because of these important functions, restoring a tooth should always be the first option. If a filling is insufficient then a dental crown should be considered. And finally, an extraction and space maintainer would be the last course of action.
Stainless Steel Crowns Ensure Longer Durability Throughout the Life of the Tooth
Silver fillings can help protect the tooth when the damage is minimal. But if your child has extensive decay or has suffered damage due to an accident a stainless-steel crown can provide better protection for a longer duration until the baby tooth is ready to fall out.
According to the Journal of the American Dental Association, after three years, stainless steel crowns had a significantly better survival rate than fillings.
Porcelain crowns for the front teeth are usually preferred by parents because porcelain will blend in with the natural color of the teeth. While this is preferred it may not always be an option. Porcelain crowns for children are pre-fabricated which means the size may or may not be adequate for restoring the anterior teeth.
A dental crown will provide the stability necessary until an adult tooth replaces the baby tooth naturally in several years.
If your child is in need of dental care call Kids Choice or All About Kids Dental today to book an appointment. We have over 15 years of experience and will be happy to provide optimal dental care for you and your family.