Crowns are used when a tooth is damaged and cannot be restored to its natural shape. The damage could be from a severe cavity or from a trauma to the tooth. A crown is basically a cap that fits over the tooth to bring it back to its natural shape and color.
If you need a crown, we will first clean up any part of the tooth that is loose, broken, or decayed. We will then reshape the tooth so the crown will fill properly. Crowns can be pre-formed in some cases and other times need to be custom made. The location of the tooth and the age of the patient are all considered when choosing a crown. After a crown is selected or made it is placed with a dental cement that will keep it in place.
After having a crown placed, it is important to brush, floss, and rinse effectively as part of your everyday routine. If you have any questions or concerns about crowns being used in pediatric dentistry please do not hesitate to call us.