Baby teeth, also called primary teeth, are the first set of teeth that erupt in the mouth. They usually begin to break through the gums between the ages of 6 and 12 months. Typically, a child will have 20 primary teeth, 10 on the top and 10 on the bottom.
When a cavity is deep enough, it can affect the underlying nerve of the tooth and cause pain. In these cases, a dentist may recommend a crown to restore and protect the baby's tooth. A stainless steel crown is a restorative cap that is placed over a baby tooth that has been affected by a deep cavity.
Stainless steel crowns are often used on children because the metal will not break or chip easily. The dentist may also recommend that the child use a child-sized toothbrush to prevent the crown from being damaged in the child's mouth.
There are many reasons why your child may need a dental crown, but a stainless steel crown may be the best choice for your child's baby tooth. Stainless steel crowns are strong and durable enough to make it through the wear and tear of a growing child's mouth, and they look more natural than other materials. Plus, they cost less than other materials, making them a great option for restoring a child's smile on a limited budget. And when the time comes for your child to have a cavity filled or a new adult tooth come in, we can always replace the stainless steel crown with something that looks more age appropriate! This means your child won't have to miss out on years of orthodontic treatment because of one bad decision made as a child.
Baby teeth serve an important purpose, and saving them is important for several reasons. First, properly positioned baby teeth can help guide adult teeth into the proper position in the mouth. Second, baby teeth help your child chew and speak properly. If a baby tooth is lost too early, the nearby developing permanent teeth can shift out of place and create a malocclusion. Pediatric dentists may recommend a stainless steel crown for baby molars that are at risk of decay due to the presence of a deep pit or fissure in the enamel. This helps prevent food and bacteria from gaining access to the vulnerable areas of the tooth. Stainless steel crowns can also serve as space maintainers until a child is ready to receive the orthodontic treatment he needs in order to correct his alignment issues.
Call your pediatric dentist for more information about stainless steel crowns and other ways to protect your child's smile. If it has been six months since you or your children visited the dentist, schedule an appointment with us today. Visit us at 3895 W 7800 S #203, West Jordan, UT 84088. Contact us at (801) 282-6901 or visit our website to book an appointment with us.