[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]If Dr. Bhaumik or another pediatric dentist suggests to you that your child may need a dental crown, you may wonder why it’s necessary if they have never had one before when they’ve had a cavity. Typically, a simple filling can be used to repair your lost tooth structure after a cavity, but sometimes, if too much time has passed, then the damage may simply be too extensive to be fixed with a filling, and a crown is needed.
Reasons for a Dental Crown
There are quite a few different reasons that would cause your child to need a dental crown. Here are just a few of them:
Broken or Fractured Teeth – If the tooth is broken or fractured, it can allow bacteria to colonize the tooth much more easily. A crown will allow you to seal the tooth from bacteria that allows it to protect itself from decay.
An Old (Fillling) Restoration is Lost – Unfortunately, old fillings have a lifespan. If your child has lost a filling recently, their teeth can likewise become very vulnerable to decay and cavities. A crown may be the best option for patients who have lost an old filling on a tooth that is already significantly damaged or for a filling that keeps breaking/falling out.
Your Tooth Has Extensive Decay – If your child’s tooth has extensive decay, when your pediatric dentist takes a look at their tooth, they will see that a regular filling won’t be enough to restore the integrity of the tooth. In this case, in order to save the root of the tooth, a crown is necessary.
Regardless of the reason for needing a pediatric dental crown, Dr. Bhaumik and the Stonebrook Team will spend time with you. Dr. Bhaumik will explain to you all of your options when it comes to restoring your child’s teeth. Contact Stonebrook Pediatric Dentistry today to book a consultation!