Dental Crowns

Queen Creek, Arizona

Did you know that cavities affect more than half of kids over six? If not treated, the decay can progress and reach a tooth's nerve or inner pulp, leading to pain, sensitivity, infection, and even tooth loss. If our team at Birch Tree Pediatric Dentistry can no longer restore a decayed tooth with a tooth-colored dental filling, we may recommend a dental crown.

Why Restore Baby Teeth?

Baby teeth will eventually fall out, so why bother restoring them? Healthy baby teeth help kids chew and eat without pain, ensuring they get the nutrition they need to stay healthy. They also play a critical role in speech development, helping your little one learn how to pronounce words.

Baby teeth act like placeholders for the permanent teeth developing behind the scenes, helping them come in correctly. If a baby tooth is lost prematurely because of decay or trauma, the neighboring teeth may shift toward the space, leading to orthodontic problems, like crooked teeth or problems with the bite. That increases the likelihood a child will need orthodontic treatment down the road. Repairing damaged teeth with dental crowns restores beautiful, healthy smiles and prevents a host of complications down the road.

What Is a Dental Crown and Why Would Your Child Need One?

A dental crown is a full-coverage restoration we place on the visible parts of a child's tooth, restoring its health and function. We typically recommend dental crowns for kids for the following reasons:

  • Tooth Decay: If a tooth has deep decay and not enough tooth structure remaining to support a traditional filling, a dental crown may be our only option.
  • A Baby Root Canal: A tooth that has undergone a baby root canal is prone to fracture, which is why we typically recommend a dental crown for protection.
  • Trauma: A tooth that's broken or damaged due to an injury, improper development, or accident may require a dental crown to preserve it until its permanent replacement is ready to come in.
  • Dental Emergencies: Sudden pain or swelling may lead to emergency dental visits, and a dental crown may be needed to restore your little one's healthy smile.

What Are the Common Types of Crowns for Kids?

At Birch Tree Pediatric Dentistry, we offer stainless steel, zirconia, and white pediatric crowns.

  • Stainless Steel Crowns: These silver crowns offer an affordable and durable solution to restore your child's healthy smile. They come pre-formed in various shapes and sizes and don't require impressions or mold. They are ideal for repairing the back teeth that endure considerable chewing pressure.
  • White Crowns: Offered in zirconia or composite, these white crowns combine aesthetics and function. They more closely match your child's natural teeth, delivering seamless smiles. White crowns are typically used for the front teeth that show when your child smiles because of their natural appearance.

How Should You Care for Dental Crowns?

Dental crowns do not require any special care. Encourage your little one to brush and floss regularly to lower the risk of new decay. Avoid hard foods that can damage your little one's dental crown as well as the natural tooth enamel.

Remember to schedule your child's regular dental exams and cleanings. Our kid-friendly team at Birch Tree Pediatric Dentistry will address any concerns as they develop to ensure your child's oral health and restorations stay in tip-top shape.

Pediatric Dental Crowns Near Me in Queen Creek, AZ

If your child has a damaged or painful tooth, our team at Birch Tree Pediatric Dentistry is here to help. We may recommend a dental crown to restore your little one's healthy smile. You can always count on us for exceptional, gentle care.

We invite you to call us at 480-896-7800 to schedule your child’s appointment or schedule one online today. We look forward to caring for your child’s smile.

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