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Dental Crowns Can Save Decayed Baby (Primary) Teeth

Sometimes even children, babies, or toddlers need a dental crown. At Portland Children's Dentistry, we're here to help with that procedure.The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research reports that 42% of children between the ages of two and eleven suffer from dental caries (cavities) in their primary teeth. In these cases where a tooth is decayed, we may need to install a dental restoration after we have removed the decay. A dental filling for primary teeth may not be recommended, as structure damage and further decay could cause the tooth to crack, potentially leading to extraction or unnecessary procedures. In these cases of severe deterioration, a dental crown may be the only way to save the child's primary tooth.

Crowns are a protective cap placed on a decayed tooth

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped restoration that is placed over a tooth to protect it from further deterioration. After we remove the decay, the crown is properly fit and permanently cemented into place using a special bonding agent. Crowns can be made from different materials, including porcelain, resin composite, metal alloys, and stainless steel.

Stainless steel is the preferred material for baby teeth

If your baby is in need of a dental crown in Portland, please contact us today.For primary teeth, stainless steel crowns are the optimal solution, especially if the tooth has received pulpal therapy.

Stainless steel can withstand the forces of biting and chewing long enough for the permanent teeth to erupt. Other advantages include:
•  Little to no sensitivity issues
•  Significantly reduced need for re-treatment
•  Full coverage and superior protection for the tooth
•  Can be used as an attachment for a space maintainer
•  Higher success rate than metal fillings for children under 4
•  Inexpensive (other material can be costly & labor-intensive)
•  Crowns are prefabricated in a variety of shapes and sizes
•  Stainless steel crowns for children only take one visit
•  There is no need for impressions or laboratory fees

Extractions are an alternative, but we try to avoid them

Removing a primary tooth prematurely can interfere with the development of a permanent tooth. When a primary tooth is removed, the adjacent teeth may compensate for the space and cause alignment or bite problems. When this happens, a space maintainer may be required to preserve the normal eruption pattern. At Portland Children's Dentistry, we try to avoid tooth extractions, as maintaining the natural teeth can be critical for good oral health.

How to prevent decay and the need for a filling or crown

As a parent, there are many ways for you to prevent your child from receiving a dental crown:

•  Minimize tooth decay by monitoring their oral hygiene habits. Make sure that your child brushes and flosses on a daily basis, using American Dental Association (ADA) recommended products.

•  Professional dental cleanings and fluoride treatments can also protect your child from tooth decay. Fluoride helps to strengthen enamel and reverse decay.

•  The ADA also recommends your child visit our office no later than their first birthday. Why so early? As soon as your baby has teeth, he or she can get cavities.

•  Make sure to clean your infant’s gums using a damp piece of gauze or clean washcloth. Ideally, this should take place after feedings, during the morning, and before bed.

Baby teeth crowns are covered by most insurances

Crowns are categorized under “routine restorative,” and so most insurance companies will cover the basic treatment. This is great news for parents with dental insurance who are trying to fit a child's oral care into their budget.

Do you still have questions about crowns for baby teeth?

Portland Children's Dentistry is committed to providing the best possible pediatric dental care. If you would like to learn more or schedule an appointment, call (503) 477-7130 today!

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