The first thing you may be asking yourself is why would a child need a crown, especially if their baby teeth will fall out? Although this is the case, baby teeth are important to their future dental health. Baby teeth make space for larger adult teeth, guide the adult teeth into the right place, help with chewing, and play a major role in speech development.
There are two main reasons why children may need a pediatric crown.
- Your child’s tooth has decayed and become too weak for a filling.
- You child has broken or severely damaged a tooth and needs a crown to cover it for protection.
The best way to avoid needing a pediatric crown is to follow and teach good dental habits, such as brushing twice a day, flossing, wearing a mouthguard during sports, and visiting your dentist for twice-yearly checkups.
However, if you find your child in need of a pediatric crown, we suggest those made of cubic zirconia by NuSmile. We’ve had a lot of success with this type of crown, in that we can customize the color to meet your child’s natural tooth color and they are extremely durable. Other options on the market are silver in color and can chip or crack. So, if you or a friend have been told your child needs a pediatric crown, it’s important to get a second opinion. There are options available besides the traditional fillings that are silver in color that can work just as well or better for your child.
Medplex Pediatric Dentistry serves as the top pediatric dentist in Pelham, Alabaster, Birmingham, Calera, Hoover, and Helena, AL.