Even though baby teeth aren’t permanent, they play a crucial role in tooth and jaw development. Baby teeth leave enough space in the jawline for permanent teeth to erupt and also help guide permanent teeth so that they erupt in the proper position. If a baby tooth is lost too early, it can have a negative impact on a child’s speech development, oral health, tooth alignment, and more.
Why a Crown May Be Necessary For a Baby Tooth
If a baby tooth is decayed or injured, it may be in your child’s best interest to preserve the baby tooth until it’s ready to naturally come out on its own. Crowns can help prevent more serious dental issues down the road that may occur from losing a primary tooth too soon. Dental crowns can support a primary tooth if it is:
- Broken, Cracked, or Chipped
- Severely Decayed
Fillings vs Dental Crowns
In lieu of a filling, dental crowns are a more reliable restorative option for damaged baby teeth. Fillings on baby teeth don’t always provide a lasting solution. They can wear down, break, or fall out before the baby tooth is ready to come out on its own. A dental crown will most likely hold up until the tooth comes out naturally!
The Dental Crown Process
Once you and your child’s dentist determine that a crown is right for your child’s smile, our team will remove some enamel from the primary tooth so that the crown can fit comfortably over it. Then, they will take impressions of the tooth and use the impressions to design a precise 3D model of the crown. After the 3D model is created, an off-site lab will construct the crown and send it back to your child’s dentist. They will permanently cement it over their primary tooth and ensure your child’s bite still feels comfortable. In as little as one week, your child can get back to enjoying a healthy smile!
Schedule Your Child’s Dental Visit
Do you think your child may need a dental crown? At Cibolo Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics, we take great pride in caring for young smiles! We have extensive experience caring for children and we offer a wide range of services from preventive to restorative treatment options. Please contact our office to schedule your child’s consultation!