A crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that affixes over the damaged surface of a tooth to restore its original shape, size, and appearance. At Modesto Kidz Dental, pediatric crowns are commonly used following restorative dental procedures such as root canal therapy to strengthen the tooth and prevent further decay or breakage in the future. Because they are custom-made for each patient, crowns can also be shaded to match the surrounding teeth' color perfectly. They are also designed to match the bite of the surrounding teeth so that they usually function when the patient bites down and chews.
When placing a dental crown, the dentist first files down the tooth's surface to make room for the crown to fit over the top. Next, an impression of the tooth is made and sent to a lab where the custom crown can be made. Once the crown is ready, it is permanently cemented over the remainder of the natural tooth to restore its shape and ensure it functions properly. The pediatric dental crown will be custom-made from durable materials and carefully color-matched to your existing smile for a seamless final look.
Children need baby teeth to chew their food, hold the space for their permanent teeth, and look good. That’s why treating damaged teeth as soon as possible is essential. Dental crowns restore your child’s smile and protect them from pain.A dental crown is shaped like their natural teeth and can strengthen a weak or cracked tooth to prevent further damage. Crowns can also protect a tooth with large fillings when the natural structure weakens. The crown’s hard outer layer covers the soft inner pulp of the tooth and protects it from any bacteria or food particles that could cause decay to develop.
Your child should be able to chew and speak normally after a dental crown has been placed. If your little one does have a toothache before getting a dental crown, we may prescribe an over-the-counter medication for them to take to reduce their discomfort. Although this procedure is usually comfortable, your child may experience a minor sensitivity after getting one placed. We recommend giving the tooth extra care by not biting down on anything too hard, like ice or nuts. We also advise not putting too much pressure on the crowned tooth when your child is brushing and flossing their teeth for the rest of their life.
Pediatric crowns may protect a weak tooth from further decay or infection, restore function after an extraction, cover imperfections in the smile, or even make cosmetic improvements. Visit Modesto Kidz Dental at Bldg B, 2801 Coffee Rd, Modesto, CA 95355, or call (209) 578-3131 to learn more about the benefits of dental crowns.