When we think of dental crowns, we think about crowns for adults—and, this is rightfully so, as many adults do have crowns. However, many people don’t realize that crowns are just a protective “hug” for damaged or decayed teeth. Crowns, including baby dental crowns, provide support and much-needed reinforcement to a compromised tooth.
Myth: Baby teeth aren’t important, so there is no need for a baby dental crown.
Before we get into the details of baby dental crowns, let’s dispel this myth that baby teeth aren’t critical. One of the most common questions we get asked is, that since these teeth will fall out at some point, why is it such a big deal to care for them like they are permanent?
Baby teeth are essential to your child’s overall health, growth, and development. Baby teeth help your child to chew, speak, and smile. Further, these little teeth serve as placeholders in the jaw for permanent teeth growing underneath your child’s gums. When your child’s baby tooth comes out too soon or is subject to trauma, it can cause the permanent teeth to shift into the space, making it difficult for the remaining teeth to come in correctly. This can lead to crooked or crowded teeth.
When you properly care for your child’s baby teeth, it helps ensure that your child will have healthy adult teeth later on. Therefore, if your child experiences damage to their baby tooth, a dental crown might be necessary.
Why would my child need a baby dental crown?
Though dental crowns are used for children, they are most commonly required when there is excessive decay or in the instance of dental trauma. Dr. Jaynes and the pediatric dentist team place baby dental crowns when a baby tooth has experienced cavities, especially those that are large and deep. A baby dental crown, or pediatric crown, can help prevent tooth breakage from occurring. The crown provides support and structural integrity to the damaged tooth and protects it from further dental decay. Dental crowns surround the tooth, guarding it against bacteria.
Baby Tooth Trauma
Let’s face it; kids can be clumsy and prone to various accidents and other trauma. Between children’s sports, general playtime, and little kids who like to pretend they are monkeys, tooth trauma is like an accident waiting to happen. Thus, the most common reasons for dental trauma in young children include sports-related injuries, falls, and fights. Trauma can also occur if a child falls when something is in their mouth.
Baby dental crowns are nothing to worry about.
If your child’s pediatric dentist has recommended your child receive a baby dental crown, rest assured that this is nothing to worry about. Dental crowns for kids are made from several different materials. Dr. Jaynes and the team will make a recommendation based on the options available for your child’s situation, depending on appearance and durability. A baby dental crown, when properly placed, can last for the entire life of the baby tooth.
Our team is happy to talk to you about baby dental crowns and other dental treatments. And, if it is determined that your child does need a crown, we will walk through the options with you and discuss the procedure in detail so that you know what to expect. We will also do everything we can to help ensure your child is comfortable throughout the procedure. In the end, your child will have healthy teeth and a bright smile.
How to keep your child calm during the procedure.
Suppose your child is preparing for a dental procedure. In that case, whether it be to get a baby dental crown or otherwise, there are things that parents can do to help alleviate potential anxiety. In the days before your child’s appointment, consider reading them some books about going to a pediatric dentist. Kids love hearing stories about other children, and when you read to your child, you get the bonus of helping them to develop a love of reading. It’s a win-win situation!
Make sure, too, that your child gets a good night’s sleep the evening before their procedure. A sleepy child is more likely to be cranky, which can make the visit more challenging. Allow your child to bring a favorite stuffed animal or comfort toy, and, make sure that your child has eaten a healthy meal before the appointment. Consider letting your child select their breakfast, as when kids get to make the decisions, they tend to be more agreeable—plus, a well-fed child will be more comfortable.
Finally, parents should keep their cool and stay close during the appointment. Children are sensitive to their parents’ emotions, so when they see that mom or dad are calm, they are more likely to be calm. And, of course, be sure to praise your child for good behavior at their appointment.
Let Dr. Jaynes answer your questions about baby dental crowns.
If you still have questions about baby dental crowns, no worries! Parents can schedule a dental appointment by calling the office or by completing the convenient online appointment form. Write down any questions that you may have, and be sure to pull out your list at the visit. We’re happy to answer any questions and help you better understand what to expect about baby dental crowns.