Your child may need a dental crown in Oklahoma City, OK, on a primary or permanent tooth to help preserve it. Severe tooth decay is the most typical reason that kids need a dental crown. Placing a crown on a tooth after a root canal is also common.
Stainless Steel Crowns for Baby Teeth
According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, porcelain, zirconia, and other common materials used to manufacture dental crowns for adults are not as effective on children. Here are some of the benefits of using stainless steel crowns for pediatric patients:
- Can double as an attachment for a space maintainer for children who have lost baby teeth prematurely
- Produces less sensitivity in the treated area
- Provides protection for the entire tooth
- Reduces the likelihood of needing to treat the same tooth again
- Stainless steel is a highly durable material
Displaying anxiety through words or behavior is normal for kids who don’t know what to expect from an upcoming dental procedure. Be sure to remain positive yourself to avoid unknowingly passing on your own anxiety to your child.
Receiving a Dental Crown at Happy Smiles Pediatric Dentistry
Despite pediatric dentists using different materials than dentists who treat adults, the process of getting a crown is similar. First, we take an impression of your child’s teeth and gums to help our laboratory technicians create a customized crown. We take special care to match the shade and shape of the crown to the rest of your child’s teeth.
When the crown is ready, we will call you to schedule another appointment for your child. Our dentist prepares the tooth for a crown by removing decay, inserting filling material, and shaping the tooth to ensure the crown fits properly. The last step involves securing the crown with a special dental adhesive.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have additional questions about pediatric crowns in Oklahoma City, OK, or need to schedule an appointment.