When a child has a cavity that is too severe for a filling, or a tooth that is cracked or chipped, then a restoration is needed to repair the tooth. In fact, we can offer custom and lifelike options for our patients! In today’s blog, your Shirley, NY, pediatric dentist and orthodontist talks about crafting custom crowns.
When a Tooth Needs to Be Repaired
A dental crown is a restoration that covers the entire visible portion of the tooth, which means we can use them to correct an array of serious restorative issues, and also offer cosmetic improvement at the same time. We could recommend this for tooth decay beyond the ability to be repaired with a filling, or to help complete a pulpotomy for an infected tooth. They can address cracked, chipped, or worn-down teeth too. We’ve even placed them to help improve chewing function and bite balance, protecting smiles from major complications down the road.
Creating Custom Dental Crowns
We begin by taking detailed digital x-rays and intraoral camera images of the tooth in question, so we can assess the issue that needs treatment and plan it with precision. We then remove structure from the teeth and take impressions with digital imaging technology. The impression will be used by a lab technician to plan and fabricate the restoration. When the crown is ready, we will check the fit and attach with a powerful bonding agent. We could use stainless steel for the side and rear teeth, which ensure greater bite forces, or more lifelike ceramic for the front facing ones. When possible, we opt for the more lifelike option!
Once the restoration is in place, you can take care to protect it and the rest of your child’s natural teeth. Good oral hygiene habits could limit the risk of tooth decay and infected teeth. Be sure they start each day by brushing for two minutes with a fluoride toothpaste, and then doing the same before going to bed each evening. Kids also need to floss before bed to remove what a toothbrush alone cannot reach. Try to help them cut back on sugary foods and drinks too!
If you have any questions about how we repair little smiles with a dental crown, then contact our team today to schedule an appointment. There is still time to use your 2022 dental insurance benefits before they expire at the end of the month.
Talk to Your Shirley, NY, Orthodontist and Pediatric Dentist Today
Our team wants to help kids avoid the onset tooth decay and infection. To learn more about restoring little smiles and repairing damage, then contact Shirley Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry in Shirley, NY, by calling (631) 399-1600.