As a parent, navigating the world of pediatric dentistry can often feel overwhelming, especially when it comes to more involved procedures like dental crowns. At Kids Smiles Pediatric Dentistry, under the expert guidance of Dr. Kelly Jobe, we understand your concerns and are dedicated to providing not just treatment, but also education about the choices you make for your child’s oral health. This blog post is designed to offer insights into the what, why, and how of pediatric crowns, helping you make informed decisions for your child’s dental care.
Understanding Pediatric Crowns
Pediatric crowns, often termed as “caps,” are custom-fitted coverings placed over a child’s damaged or decayed tooth. Unlike fillings that just cover a small portion of the tooth, crowns encapsulate the entire visible part of the tooth, restoring its original shape, strength, function, and appearance. At Kids Smiles Pediatric Dentistry, we ensure these crowns are not only functional but also aesthetically pleasing, keeping your child’s smile bright and confident.
When Does Your Child Need a Crown?
The decision to opt for a dental crown is dependent on various factors. Baby teeth, though temporary, play a crucial role in a child’s oral development. They act as placeholders for permanent teeth and aid in proper speech development and nutrition through adequate chewing. Dr. Jobe, with her extensive experience in pediatric dentistry, may recommend a crown in the following situations:
- Severe Decay: When a tooth has extensive decay, a simple filling may not suffice. A crown provides comprehensive coverage and protection.
- After Root Canal Treatment: Post-pulp therapy on a baby tooth often requires a crown to provide strength and prevent future damage.
- Fractured or Broken Teeth: To restore the function and appearance of a severely damaged tooth, a crown may be necessary.
- Developmental Concerns: In cases where teeth haven’t formed correctly, crowns can help in improving their structure and function.
The Pediatric Crown Procedure
At Kids Smiles Pediatric Dentistry, we prioritize making dental procedures comfortable and stress-free for children. The process of placing a crown typically involves:
- Preparation: The affected tooth is prepared by cleaning and reshaping under local anesthesia.
- Fitting the Crown: A pre-made crown is then selected and fitted. Dr. Jobe ensures the crown fits perfectly, making any necessary adjustments.
- Cementation: Once the fit is confirmed, the crown is cemented onto the tooth, restoring its function and appearance.
The entire process is usually completed in a single visit, keeping in mind the attention span and comfort level of our young patients.
Types of Pediatric Crowns
At our practice, we offer two main types of crowns:
- Stainless Steel Crowns: Durable and cost-effective, these are commonly used for back teeth.
- Tooth-Colored Crowns: Made of zirconia, these offer a more natural appearance and are typically used for front teeth.
Caring for Your Child’s Crown
Post-treatment care is crucial. Encourage good oral hygiene practices, regular dental check-ups, and a balanced diet to ensure the longevity of the crown.
About Kids Smiles Pediatric Dentistry
Led by Dr. Kelly Jobe, our team is committed to creating a friendly and comfortable environment for your child. With state-of-the-art technology and a compassionate approach, we ensure every visit to our clinic is a positive experience for your family. We are not just about treating dental issues; we focus on preventive care and educating families about maintaining good oral health.
If you have concerns about your child’s dental health or think a crown might be necessary, feel free to reach out to us. Dr. Jobe and our experienced team are here to guide you through every step of your child’s dental journey.