Crowns are a good way to repair a single damaged tooth. When a tooth is broken or decayed, a crown can be placed over it to protect the remainder of the tooth and provide normal functioning to the mouth. Crowns can be a long term solution for multiple issues. Should your child require a dental crown, the Tiny Teeth team will guide you through the process and will ensure your child is kept comfortable throughout the procedure.
What is a dental crown?
A dental crown is a way to restore a damaged tooth by covering the original tooth with a cap. Crowns can be made of multiple materials, like metals or porcelain, so the resulting tooth can meet your personal preferences for appearance. The cap, or crown, is shaped to fit perfectly with your other teeth, giving it a natural appearance and function. Crowns are meant to be durable, and will usually last 7-15 years before needing to be replaced.
What is the process of getting a dental crown placed?
Typically, it will take two visits for your child’s crown to be placed. At the first visit, Dr. Pagé will numb your child’s mouth and she’ll remove any decay that has damaged the tooth. Then, she will reshape the tooth so the crown can fit over it and your child’s bite will feel comfortable. Then, Dr. Pagé will take a mold of that tooth, so the crown can be fabricated in a dental lab. A temporary crown will be provided while we wait to receive the permanent crown. Once the crown returns from the lab, we’re ready to place it in your child’s mouth. Once again, a local anesthetic will be used to numb your child’s mouth and we’ll place the crown with a dental cement, that will permanently adhere the new fabricated tooth to the existing one. The crown may feel odd in your child’s mouth at first, but Dr. Pagé will make sure it is the correct shape and size for your child’s mouth. After a day or two, your child will become accustomed to the feel of the new tooth in their mouth, and they will likely not notice it at all!
How can a crown improve my child’s smile and function?
Crowns are an effective treatment to repair damaged and/or decayed teeth, because they allow the patient to keep their existing tooth. In earlier days, a badly decayed or damaged tooth would need to be extracted, or permanently removed. When a crown is placed, your child’s smile will be restored to its natural beauty, and their mouth will function without the pain or awkwardness caused by a decayed or broken tooth.