What Is A Pediatric Crown and Why Does My Child Need One?

Baby teeth that get decay shouldn’t be ignored just because that tooth will eventually fall out when the adult tooth erupts. If decay in baby teeth is not treated, it can lead to pain and infection. Infections can lead to the need for extraction. It is always preferable to treat and retain a child’s primary teeth whenever possible. Dental treatment of primary teeth is every bit as important as treatment of adult teeth and will start your child on the road to excellent dental health.

When children’s primary teeth have decay, that decay must be removed in order to preserve the health of the tooth. The decayed portion of the tooth that is removed is replaced with a filling material. When a tooth has excessive decay on many surfaces, or the cavity is very deep, it may require a crown, (a steel or ceramic tooth replacement), as opposed to a routine filling. This becomes necessary when there is so much decay that placing a filling would not be successful. If much of the tooth structure is removed, it may not be strong enough to withstand chewing and grinding. A crown is the preferred option in these cases. It is much more durable and should last until it is time for the child to lose that tooth naturally.

Stainless steel crowns are quite often used, however, we do offer a more esthetically pleasing option of an all-ceramic, white crown when it is appropriate. A ceramic crown looks more like your child’s natural tooth and may be a more esthetic treatment choice. Your dentist can explain which type of crown he or she feels would be most appropriate for your child’s needs. Visit my practice’s website at Haas Dental Associates to learn more about crowns and the many other services we offer for children and teens.