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Yes, children can get dental crowns. When a tooth is so decayed it can't support a filling, a dentist will recommend a crown. For children this usually means a stainless steel crown but if the tooth in question is one of the front teeth, sometimes a tooth-colored crown will be used. Even though baby teeth eventually fall out, it's important that they don't fall out too soon. Crowns can help provide foundation in the mouth and ensure that your child has functionality when speaking and eating.
In some cases, a child's tooth is extensively decayed or becomes infected and a crown is needed to rebuild it. Children's crowns are usually made of stainless steel or composite for front teeth. I am a bit conservative and usually prefer placing a large filling on a child's tooth instead of a crown, especially if the tooth will be replaced by the adult tooth in the near future. Each dentist has his or her own philosophy on how to treat children.
Yes, children or baby teeth can get a dental crown. It is a little different from the traditional adult crown made of porcelain or gold. Those crowns are made in a dental lab and generally require 2 weeks to fabricate. Crowns on baby teeth are inserted immediately and are prefabricated usually made from either stainless steel or white colored.
Children can get crowns for primary (baby) teeth. These are stainless steel crowns that are fitted right in the office in one visit. They are often indicated for a badly broken down tooth for which a filling will not be a satisfactory restoration. Also, they are often placed after a pulpotomy (pulp/nerve treatment for baby teeth) is performed. When indicated for front teeth, they may have a tooth colored visible surface for improved appearance.
If a secondary tooth on a child requires a crown, it is often delayed until later teen years due to the large size of the pulp area which would create problems in preparation for a crown of the type usually placed on adult teeth.
Crowns are a treatment option for children. Crowns for children are generally selected from various sizes to fit the tooth whereas crowns for adults are custom made by a dental laboratory. Children's crowns are made of stainless steel. Stainless steel crowns for front teeth can be painted white to look like teeth. Crowns for children are recommended for badly decayed and broken down teeth and for back teeth that have had the nerves removed.
According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, crowns can be a good choice for children who have chipped, stained, or even broken teeth. If your child has any of these issues with her teeth, talk with her dentist about the possibility of using crowns as the solution. The advantages of crowns are that they are strong and can last for many years, especially if your child brushes her teeth and flosses regularly. The disadvantages of having your child get a dental crown are that this type of dental work tends to be expensive and requires that some of your child's tooth has to be removed so that the crown (also called a cap) can fit over the tooth.
If your child is getting a crown to cover a primary (baby) tooth, her dentist will probably recommend a crown that is made of metal and then covered in porcelain (this is called a porcelain-fused-to-metal crown), or a crown made of metal and a plastic-like material called resin. The porcelain and resin are made to be tooth-colored so that the crown blends in with your child's natural teeth. If your child's baby teeth have fallen out, and it is a permanent tooth that is getting the crown, she may also be able to get an all-porcelain crown.
Talk with your child and with her dentist about the benefits and disadvantages of crown placement as well as the type of crown that could work best for your child. Get all your questions answered so you can make the best choice for you and your child.
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