At Sweet Tooth Children’s Dentistry, we love helping children in the Rancho Cucamonga, CA area achieve and maintain healthy smiles! Even though baby teeth are eventually lost, each tooth plays an important role in the health and development of your child’s smile. That’s why we offer white zirconia crowns for kids when they have a tooth that needs an extra layer of protection. Below, we explain why crowns for baby teeth may be recommended and the process for placing them on your child’s teeth.
Why would a crown on a baby tooth be necessary?
While baby teeth start falling out around the age of six, most children need their baby molars until they are 12 or 13 years old. Until baby teeth are naturally lost and the permanent teeth grow in, baby teeth serve several important functions in your child’s mouth:
- Save space in your child’s mouth for adult teeth to grow into their optimal position; when a tooth is missing, the other teeth naturally shift into the empty space
- Help your child chew and, in turn, digest their food properly
- Give your child a healthy-looking smile that they can feel confident about
- Allow your child to say certain speech sounds correctly
- Prevent issues with your child’s bite and uneven wear and tear on teeth
Because the enamel is not as thick on baby teeth as it is on permanent teeth, they are more susceptible to issues such as decay and fracture. If the damaged portion of a tooth is too significant to repair with a tooth-colored filling, then restoring its function with a porcelain crown may be recommended. A crown helps save your child’s natural tooth until it is ready to fall out naturally by restoring its health and protecting it from future damage.
Placing white zirconia crowns on kids’ teeth
At Sweet Tooth Children’s Dentistry, we offer a variety of dental crown options for your child that are both functional and look great, such as zirconia crowns or stainless-steel crowns. We will walk through the best options for your child’s unique oral health and answer any questions you have to help you decide.
To place the dental crown, we first numb the area that will be treated for a pain-free experience. We offer nitrous oxide (laughing gas) to help make the experience relaxing and comfortable. If the tooth is being treated due to decay, we gently remove the decayed portions of the tooth using specialized dental tools. We then shape your child’s tooth so that the crown will fit well on it. Finally, the crown is checked for the perfect fit and bonded on to the tooth for a durable and long-lasting restoration.
Schedule an appointment today!
To learn more about dental crowns for kids or to schedule your child’s appointment, call Sweet Tooth Orthodontics and Children’s Dentistry in Rancho Cucamonga today! We can be reached at 909-675-0550 or you can conveniently schedule your appointment online.Back to Dental Crowns Page