What are dental crowns?
We use crowns to protect a tooth that’s been weakened by decay or is in danger of falling apart due to injury. Crowns are also used to improve the appearance of teeth that are misshapen or discolored.
When placing a dental crown, we first remove any decay or damage from the tooth. Teeth with severe decay or infection may require a root canal. We’ll also reshape the tooth to better accommodate the crown; if the tooth isn’t reshaped, the crown will stand out and look unnatural next to your child’s natural teeth. Then, we make an impression that we use to create the crown. The crown will use a material that closely matches the shade of your child’s tooth. We use cement to attach the crown to your child’s tooth.
What can you expect from a dental crown?
A dental crown requires no special care; have your child brush and floss like normal, and see that they have regular dental cleanings. Ensure that your child always brushes and flosses around the tooth’s gum line to protect the crown from decay and plaque. Children should avoid chewing on hard objects, like ice, nut shells, hard candy, and fingernails. Biting or chewing on hard items can damage the crown. If your child grinds their teeth, they should use a night guard to prevent this habit from wearing down their crown.
What are the benefits?
Dental crowns have multiple benefits for our patients:
They have a long lifespan
The average lifespan for a dental crown is approximately 15 years, but they can last up to 30 years when properly cared for. This longevity makes dental crowns a budget-conscious option for the long-term restoration of your child’s tooth.
Dental crowns help your child keep their natural tooth
We strive to help children keep their own teeth when possible. Missing teeth expose children to a host of potential dental issues, including jawbone deterioration, gum recession, and shifting teeth. A dental crown is an effective solution for repairing and saving a tooth with intensive damage.
We can use dental crowns on permanent and baby teeth
One of the benefits of dental crowns is that we can use them to repair baby and permanent teeth. Though children eventually lose their baby teeth, this loss needs to occur naturally. Baby teeth that are lost too early will impact the alignment of their teeth. This misalignment affects your child’s ability to properly chew, bite, and speak.
Crowns, Queens & Brooklyn, New York
A dental crown consists of a cap that we place onto a tooth. The crown can change the tooth’s size, shape, and durability.