If a cavity is not caught early, the decay can destroy so much of the tooth that there is not enough left to support a filling. This can also be the case with a broken tooth or with a root canal. A dental crown keeps the tooth and root intact and reduces the risk of pain and infection. Dental crowns for kids are the recommended way to either keep a baby tooth in place or save a permanent tooth. The Super Dentists will advise you about using either a stainless steel or composite dental crown.
Stainless steel dental crowns are long lasting and protect the tooth and root of a baby tooth until tooth loss occurs naturally. Usually a stainless steel dental crown can be placed during one appointment. The dentist shapes your child’s tooth to the necessary form and then trims a crown to fit over the tooth. The dental crown is cemented into place where it remains until the permanent tooth is ready to come in and the baby tooth falls out. The procedure to place stainless steel dental crowns on a permanent tooth is the same; however, it is designed to remain in place for many years.
Composite dental crowns are metal free and looks more natural. There are a limited number of shades (colors) to choose from so a perfect match to your teeth may not be possible.
A composite dental crown isn’t as strong as natural teeth, so care needs to be taken not to bite down on hard objects that put pressure on a composite dental crown. Keep in mind that it is possible for composite dental crowns to darken slightly after time.