Primary teeth may be only temporary, but they serve an important purpose in your child’s mouth now and for the future. That’s why Reunion, CO children’s dentist Dr. Tippets takes the health of baby so seriously. Dental problems absolutely cannot be ignored. In the case of a tooth that is heavily decayed or otherwise structurally damaged, a dental crown may be necessary. Read on to learn more about dental crowns and their use in pediatric dentistry.
What is a Dental Crown?
A dental crown, also called a cap, is a covering that fully encapsulates a tooth in order to restore form and function. In most instances, Dr. Tippets uses dental porcelain or composite resin, so the crown matches the natural color of your child’s smile.
Why is a Dental Crown Needed?
More often than not, a dental crown on a primary tooth becomes necessary when extensive decay makes an ordinary filling insufficient. According to Reunion, CO pediatric dentist Dr. Tippets, extensive decay means that a cavity covers two or more surfaces on a tooth. This kind of destruction, as well as a deeply fractured tooth, requires a dental crown in order to preserve the tooth until it is ready to naturally fall out some time before the age of 12.
A dental crown also:
- Prevents the spread of decay and infection to other teeth, as well as other parts of your child’s mouth or body
- Restore a damaged tooth’s size and shape, thereby preserving its role a space saver and guide for permanent teeth
- Maintain your child’s normal jaw development
- Support proper speech
- Allow for healthy eating and chewing of all food types
Placing a Dental Crown in Reunion
Having a pediatric dental crown in Reunion is a bit like watching a well-choreographed dance. Dr. Tippets and his assistants work efficiently and effectively so your child is not in the exam chair one minute longer than necessary. For those children who still a little help holding still in the chair, we offer sedation dentistry. Your Reunion pediatric dentist can discuss with the option that is best for your child.
Generally speaking, having a crown requires two visits to our office. At the first, the tooth and surrounding tissue are anesthetized so Dr. Tippets can remove decay and reshape the tooth. Then, a temporary crown is put in place while the permanent one is handcrafted in a dental lab.
In a couple of weeks, you and your child will return to Treasured Teeth to have the temporary removed and the permanent dental crown set in place.
Call Reunion, CO Children’s Dentist Today
For a dental crown in Reunion, CO, contact Dr. Derren Tippets at Treasured Teeth.