Dental Crowns for Children
Adults often undergo dental crown treatment to address decayed, damaged, broken, or weakened teeth. But did you know that children sometimes require dental crowns as well?
At Dowell Dental Group, serving Minerva, OH, Carrollton, OH, and Dover, OH, Drs. Stephen C. Dowell and Byron Rossi offer a wide range of pediatric dentistry services for our younger patients. Here, our team discusses dental crowns for children and explores the types of restorations used.
When Are Dental Crowns for Children Recommended?
Often, children with cavities or damage can receive dental fillings to address the problem. In some cases, however, a crown may be recommended instead. Here are some of the most common reasons for placing a dental crown on a young patient:
- A baby tooth is too severely decayed to support a large dental filling.
- One or more baby teeth need to be protected to reduce the risk of tooth decay. (This is particularly true when a child has difficulty practicing good oral hygiene.)
- A primary tooth needs additional strength or reinforcement until the permanent tooth comes in.
Some individuals question whether or not it is important to save baby teeth. Primary teeth not only help your child eat and obtain proper nutrition, but they also hold space for the permanent teeth to erupt later. It is essential to save baby teeth whenever possible for optimal, long-term oral health.
Types of Dental Crowns for Children
There are a few different options when it comes to types of dental crowns for children. Below, we will explore some of the most common at our practice.
Stainless Steel Crowns
Commonly placed on teeth in the back of the mouth, stainless steel crowns are the most cost-effective option. Strong and durable, these crowns help restore areas where the majority of the chewing takes place.
Composite Strip Crowns
These restorations are typically placed on front teeth. Because they are made with tooth-colored composite, they blend in with the rest of the smile for natural-looking results. Composite strip crowns are not as durable as stainless steel, so they are more prone to damage.
In some instances, a prefabricated polycarbonate crown can be placed. However, these restorations are usually only intended for temporary use.
Stainless Steel Crowns with Resin Facing
These restorations combine the strength of stainless steel crowns and the beauty of resin. They can be used on both front and back teeth. Due to the nature of these crowns, they are typically more expensive than stainless steel or all-resin restorations.
These high-quality, tooth-colored crowns are typically placed on adult teeth. But there may be some instances in which they are appropriate for children. Porcelain is incredibly durable and resistant to breakage. The material also mimics the translucency of natural tooth enamel. Due to the manufacturing process and the materials used, this type of crown is the most costly.
Learn More about Dental Crowns for Children
Do you suspect that your child has a cavity or another type of dental damage? If so, schedule a consultation at our practice. Our doctors can perform a comprehensive assessment to determine if a crown is the right treatment for your child. To learn more, contact us online or call us at (330) 364-1414.