A+ Dental

Houston Pediatric Specialists

Why Would Baby Teeth Need To Be Restored By A Crown?

Baby teeth that show evidence of extensive decay can sometimes be saved through the use of a crown.

Occasionally, especially in upper anterior teeth, it is possible to use a tooth-colored crown. These crowns can be used to protect front teeth when they become cracked or chipped, have undergone root canal therapy, or show signs of extensive decay. In particular, if the decay or cavity has spread to different surfaces of the tooth or has reached the nerve of the tooth, a baby root canal may need to be performed. At that point, the tooth becomes weaker and is more likely to crack. In these instances, it is important to seal off the root canal and protect the tooth by using a crown.

Which Type Of Crown (Tooth Colored Or Silver) Is Best For Restoring Baby Teeth?

In general, for the upper front teeth, the specialists at A+ Dental can use tooth-colored crowns. These crowns are both esthetic and strong. However, for baby molars that are constantly exposed to chewing and grinding, silver stainless steel crowns are the recommended option.

Are There Any Precautions That Must Be Taken After Having A Crown Placed On A Baby Tooth?

Immediately after treatment, it is important that the child does not eat anything too hard or sticky.

Chips and popcorn pieces can get stuck under the crown, making it uncomfortable. Also, sticky or hard candies, like bubble gum, can displace the crown. If a crown gets displaced, the child should be brought back to the dental office to have it re-cemented. To prevent this from happening, however, parents should be careful as to what the child eats after treatment. Often we recommend softer foods. Also, sometimes the gums may become slightly irritated by the new crown. It is important to continue to brush around the gums of these teeth to prevent further irritation or infection.

During this time, it is important to continue brushing, particularly around the gums of the tooth, to keep them from becoming inflamed. If excessive pain or irritation is experienced, have the child brought to the dental office for a re-evaluation.


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