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Get dental crowns to restore and protect your child’s teeth at Greenhaven Pediatric Dentistry in Sacramento, CA. If your child has had a recent dental pulp treatment or if there is extensive decay, you may have been told that they will also need a dental cap or crown.

Is this really necessary with primary or baby teeth? What are your options, and how does this pediatric dental procedure work? Find out more about kids’ dental crowns and why your pediatric dentist might recommend them.

Why Should My Child Get A Dental Crown?

  • Prevents The Spread Of Tooth Decay
  • Encourage Healthy Development Of Jawbone & Muscles
  • Encourage Proper Speech Development
  • Make Chewing Food Easier
  • Restore A Decayed Tooth’s Shape, Size & Function
  • Hold Space For Future Permanent Teeth

When Do Kids Need Dental Crowns?

Your pediatric dentist will usually recommend a dental crown after a cavity repair or pulp therapy treatment. This tooth-shaped material helps to restore the tooth’s shape in places where decay has taken its toll. That way, your child can chew, speak, and foster new healthy tooth development.

Types Of Pediatric Dental Crowns

Pediatric dental crowns on baby teeth are going to fall out with the tooth. So, affordable stainless steel caps are a very common choice. There are other options, however. If you’re interested in one of these alternatives, make sure to ask your pediatric dentist about the availability and pros and cons of each.

  • Stainless Steel — cost-effective, eat to place, and great on molars.
  • Resin Or Composite — tooth-colored and great for front teeth.
  • Veneered Steel, Porcelain Fused, Or Resin Veneer — durable, great for front teeth, may need to remove more tooth material first.

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Crowns Vs. Fillings For Baby Teeth

Your pediatric dentist may recommend a dental crown instead of fillings for baby teeth. Sometimes the decay has affected too much of the tooth to be fixed by a filling. Fillings can also fall out, wear out, and break much more easily than crowns designed for kids’ teeth. Pediatric dental crowns can be expected to last until the tooth falls out.

What Will Your Appointment Be Like?

Knowing what to expect at your child’s dental crown appointment can help you feel prepared and help you find ways to explain the procedure simply and honestly. If you have any questions about special needs considerations or specific types of sedation, we encourage you to give us a call before your appointment.

  1. The pediatric dentist will numb the area around the tooth with a numbing gel.
  2. We then inject a local anesthetic to completely numb the tooth for a pain-free experience.
  3. If your child requires conscious sedation, we will proceed with that.
  4. We use a special drill to gently remove decay and shape the tooth.
  5. The crown is placed, and any remaining material is removed and rinsed away.

Get Kid’s Dental Crowns In Sacramento

Make your child’s tooth restoration and quick and comfortable as possible at Greenhaven Pediatric Dentistry in Sacramento, CA. Cavities happen, we’re here to make sure they don’t get in the way of healthy development and happy smiles. Contact us to schedule your appointment today.

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