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Dr. Joshi and her team specialize in kids dental crowns. This pediatric procedure may be the solution your child needs for strong, lasting dental health.
What are Dental Crowns?
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap, sized to fit perfectly over your child’s existing tooth. A crown improves the strength and structure of a damaged tooth to prevent additional trauma.
Adults commonly use crowns to protect vulnerable teeth after a root canal, large cavity filling, or painful fracture. We use crowns the same way for your child’s baby or permanent teeth.
Does Your Child Need a Dental Crown?
The DPD Smiles team is committed to helping your child prevent tooth damage and decay before it begins. However, if one of your child’s teeth is already severely decayed or injured, they may need a dental crown to restore and protect the tooth.
Even though primary teeth (baby teeth) eventually fall out, it’s very important to repair and restore them. Keeping baby teeth healthy ensures that your child’s permanent teeth can grow into their proper position and remain strong.
We do get asked, "Why can't we have the baby tooth extracted if it is just going to fall out?" If the tooth cannot be saved and an extraction is the best course of action, then we will most likely need to also place a space maintainer. The space maintainer will help keep teeth in their proper position to help avoid further complications down the road.
Here are some signs that your child may need a kid’s dental crown:
- A baby tooth has a large cavity that can’t be repaired by a filling
- A primary tooth didn’t develop correctly
- Broken, chipped, or cracked tooth
Since the enamel on baby teeth is very thin, decay can spread quickly. Placing a crown on a compromised primary tooth is often the key to stopping the spread of decay and infection to other areas of the mouth.
All White Dental Crowns & Stainless Steel Crowns
We are often asked by parents if we offer all white pediatric dental crowns for tooth restoration. We do! DPD Smiles offers both all white dental crowns and stainless steel dental crowns. Dr. Joshi will make a recommendation on which crown to place depending on the specifics of the damage to the tooth, expected patient compliance, and where the tooth is located.
Generally, for the front teeth (anterior teeth), we will place tooth-colored crowns as they are more aesthetically pleasing. Back molars on the other hand are exposed to a lot of chewing, grinding and pressure. For this reason, we typically place stainless steel crowns as they are more durable and tend to have a better success rate.
For any questions regarding tooth-colored pediatric dental crowns in Glen Ellyn, please give our office a call.
The Dental Crown Procedure
Here at DPD Smiles, we make the dental crown procedure as quick and painless as possible! First, we use our Waterlase laser technology to gently remove all signs of tooth decay without any drills or shots if needed. Next, we use mess-free digital impressions to capture the exact size of the dental crown needed. Digital impressions are more accurate than traditional impressions and so much easier for children to tolerate.
Once the crown is placed over your child’s damaged tooth, he’ll be able to eat, talk, and brush like normal. The crown will also alleviate pain and sensitivity caused by damage to the tooth. Your child will be able to smile wide and get back to what’s most important- being a kid.
Call our dental office to learn more about kid’s dental crowns and cracked tooth repair in Glen Ellyn today.