Dental crowns, also known as caps, are a common form of restoration that dentists use to repair and protect a damaged or decayed tooth. Crowns come in a variety of materials, including porcelain, metal, porcelain fused to metal, and resin. There are many reasons your child may need a crown.
After a root canal, a crown is often placed over the tooth to protect it and restore its function.
When teeth are severely decayed, the dentist cleans away the decayed areas and uses a crown to cover the remaining tooth structure and protect it from further damage. This can help to prevent the need for a more extensive and costly restoration procedure, such as a root canal or tooth extraction.
Today's dental crowns are also used for cosmetic reasons, such as to improve the appearance of a discolored or misshapen tooth.
If your child has a fractured tooth, the dentist may use a crown to hold the pieces of the tooth together and prevent further damage.
If your child grinds their teeth or wears them down, they may benefit from a crown. A crown will help restore the shape and function of the tooth and protect it from further wear and tear.
Dentists sometimes choose crowns to help with dental bridges. A dental bridge is a device that replaces one or more missing teeth. The dentist attaches it to the adjacent natural teeth. Although dental bridges are not performed often today, when they are, crowns are used on the adjacent teeth to hold the bridge in place.
If your child's teeth need an intervention, your dentist will let you know what options are available. For any dental need, from crowns to cleanings, we'd love to help. Reach out to us on our website.