Dental crowns are very common in the dental industry. In fact, our patients come from all around simply because we offer dental crown procedures that are affordable and often have low-cost, out-of-office, out-of-pocket expenses.
Dental crowns are basically tooth-shaped caps that get placed over the top of an existing tooth. They are cemented into place so that they move and function as though they’re a normal part of the tooth. Crowns are shaped much like natural teeth, and, depending on where in the mouth a crown is needed, you can choose a tooth-colored option or a stainless steel option so that the crowns can match the color of your natural teeth so well that it becomes almost impossible for other people to distinguish your dental crowns from your natural teeth. For kids, since the enamel of baby teeth is thinner than that of permanent teeth, once decay takes hold, it can spread rapidly between teeth. Crowns can be used not only to save the decayed tooth, but can also help prevent the spread of decay and infection to other areas of the mouth.
Teeth that have become damaged or have decayed may change in size and shape, which can negatively affect their function in many different ways. One very simple solution is often to have dental crowns placed over the top of teeth to enhance their appearance, help them function better, and prevent the future spread of any already-present decay or infection. Dental crowns provide these and a number of other benefits for the patients who have them.
Crowns are usually used whenever teeth become severely cracked or chipped in order to prevent future damage. As any parent knows, cracked or chipped teeth can be an all too common occurrence. Younger kids often don’t watch where they’re going. Older kids sometimes rough house a little too roughly. Crowns may be placed for cosmetic reasons such as changing the shape of a chipped tooth or whitening teeth that are severely discolored due to some medications. Dental crowns can also be needed over the top of a dental implant. They are typically placed only on adult teeth because they are permanent fixtures, but can be solutions for kids who’ve already lost their baby teeth.
Those kids with severely cracked teeth may experience sensitivity or extreme pain while chewing, but dental crowns usually eliminate both types of discomfort. Crowns often prevent the future loss of a tooth by protecting it from further damage. Dental crowns are very comfortable to wear, as those who have them hardly ever even notice they’re there. They also last for several years, and are relatively easy to care for.
While most kids can’t imagine having to get crowns, play can be rough and accidents can happen. If you and your child decide a crown is the best option, our specialists will take extra care to make sure crown placement is as painless as possible, the crown matches surrounding teeth as closely as possible, and that your child won’t need another such treatment for years to come.