Children’s Dental Crowns Downtown ON
Dental Crowns for Primary teeth
When your child’s tooth is extensively decayed, fractured from trauma, or underdeveloped, we use a dental crown, a tooth-shaped covering, to repair and restore it. A primary tooth with extensive decay is a baby tooth with large cavities on two or more surfaces and is beyond the scope of being repaired by a filling. We use crowns when there’s the potential for a filling to break, fall out, or wear out and cause more complicated dental issues down the road.
Types of Dental Crowns For Kids
We place three types of crowns for the repair and restoration of primary teeth: pre-formed stainless-steel crowns, strip crowns, and zirconia crowns. Each type of crown has its advantages and disadvantages, and we place them according to a variety of factors.
- Most common in pediatric dentistry
- Used for over 50 years
- Customized to fit
- Durable and strong
- Usually require only one visit
- Aesthetically pleasing
- Used on front teeth
White Zirconia Crowns
- Similar to ceramic
- Pre-made to a specific size
- More costly than stainless steel crowns
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What are the steps to restoring primary teeth with a crown?
As is the case with most dental crown procedures, we begin by numbing the area to ensure your child is comfortable and doesn’t feel a thing.
Next, we place a soft and flexible tooth isolating system around the tooth to protect your child’s tongue, cheeks, and gums during the procedure. This special guard also allows your child to relax their jaw and bite on it rather than holding it open the entire time.
We then remove the decay and shape the tooth to fit the crown.
Usually, we polish, fill with cement, and place the crown during this same visit.
Finally, we clean up the area, making sure to remove any extra cement or debris, and rinse your child’s mouth.
If dental procedures make your child anxious, we offer two methods of conscious sedation that allow your child to feel fully relaxed while remaining completely alert.
We deliver nitrous oxide, a gas that is mixed with oxygen that is often referred to as laughing gas, through a mask that we place over your child’s nose.
If your child is uncomfortable with masks or unable to breathe through their nose, we offer sedatives in the form of syrup or a pill.
What should I expect after my child’s dental crown procedure?
Our patients occasionally feel a small amount of discomfort during the first 24 hours but nothing that can’t be managed with over-the-counter medicines, such as Tylenol or ibuprofen. Please contact us if you’re child has pain for more than 24 hours.
After the procedure, have your child wait to eat until the numbness has completely worn off. It’s common for young children to accidentally bite their lip or cheek without realizing it. So, make sure to discourage them from chewing, biting, or sucking on the numb areas.
Continue to have your child brush and floss regularly to prevent further decay. Have them avoid sugary drinks and foods. And bring them in for regular cleanings and checkups every six months.
To learn more about Dental Crowns or to discuss your child’s oral health, please contact our office and schedule an appointment today.