Dental crowns for Kids Germantown, MD
Dental crowns for kids
When a large cavity threatens the ongoing health of a tooth, a crown is a good option. Crowns are also used to restore the shape and size of chipped or damaged teeth. They are typically bonded to the tooth using dental cement.
Extraction or a dental crown? The fact is, it’s best to save primary teeth whenever possible because they serve essential functions. Through all the years they are present (and the last ones may not be lost until around age 12), they help children eat, speak and smile properly. They also act as placeholders for permanent teeth: If some primary teeth are lost before they would come out naturally, the permanent teeth may be crowded or crooked.
The Preferred Choice
Stainless steel crowns have been used in dentistry for 70 years and are the most common type for children. They are often used in primary teeth that have extensive decay over multiple surfaces and on teeth that are broken or have a significant defect either from birth or due to disease.
Stainless steel crowns are stronger and more durable than large fillings, making them ideal for molars, which must withstand substantial chewing pressure
Placement of Stainless Steel Crowns
Stainless steel crowns generally require only one visit to the dentist and rarely need to be repaired or replaced. These pre-formed metal caps come in different sizes and can be customized for any tooth. After the damaged or decayed portion of the tooth has been removed, the crowns fit over the remaining tooth structure and fully cover the tooth. If tooth decay extends to the pulp inside the tooth, the infection may need to be removed first. This may be done via a pulpotomy or pulpectomy, similar to a root canal but for primary teeth.
Getting a stainless steel crown is a routine procedure, but after treatment, your child should refrain from eating until the anesthetic has completely worn off to avoid injury to the cheek, lip, or tongue.
Our goal is to recommend the best treatment option for the health of the baby tooth and the permanent tooth underneath. Stainless steel crowns are a long-lasting and cost-effective way to preserve a primary tooth so that they can misguide the permanent tooth.