The Benefits of Pediatric Dental Crowns
Parents are usually extremely excited when a child’s first teeth erupt through the gum line, but then they realize that they must care for their baby’s teeth until the child is old enough to brush and floss on their own. This primary dentition (aka baby teeth) normally consists of 20 teeth that include the central incisors, lateral incisors, and first and second molars. These teeth will of course fall out and be replaced by the child’s adult (permanent) teeth, which come in at a count of 32. Parents may not worry as much about the baby teeth because they know they won’t be there forever, but that doesn’t mean that decay can’t be a problem.
Dentists across the country treat countless baby teeth each year, and some children require multiple fillings before their permanent teeth come in. Baby molars may not fall out until the child is 12 or 13 years old, and by that time, decay can cause serious oral health problems. At Figaro Crowns, our pediatric dental crowns can provide many benefits for children with tooth decay.
Dentists know that baby teeth have a thinner enamel covering than adult teeth, and this means that the inner pulp where the blood vessels are nerves are located are much closer to the surface of the tooth. If there is decay, the pulp is more easily exposed, leading to pain and discomfort in the child’s mouth. A crown can be a better solution for the tooth, as it provides durable coverage for the tooth and decreases the sensitivity associated with oral decay.
Stainless steel crowns are often the most popular choice, but at Figaro, we wanted to provide dentists with a better option. It can be difficult to have a five- or six-year-old child sit in a chair while he or she is fitted for a crown, and our fiberglass options can cut down on chair time and can be easier to place than their metal counterparts. They can also provide a better alternative than traditional fillings and can keep the tooth healthy until it’s time for it to fall out and be replaced by a permanent tooth.
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As a dentist, you’re always looking for better ways to serve your patients, no matter how young or old they may be. If you’re a pediatric dentist, then you know that you have to be patient and take the time to explain to the child (and his or her parents) what the best option is for a decayed tooth. Our fiberglass crowns are more affordable than zirconia or stainless steel options, and can provide a better look and fit in the child’s mouth. When a crown doesn’t fit right, it’s likely that the child will push on it with their tongue or complain about the discomfort, and our products can eliminate those problems.
Contact us today to learn more about our pediatric dental crowns. Baby teeth are just as important as permanent teeth, and Figaro wants to help dentists however we can!