There comes a point when the damage to a tooth is so severe that the structure can no longer hold a filling, and restoration is needed. This type of restoration must be done using a technique that will attach to the remaining tooth, stand up under heavier use and meet more elaborate cosmetic requirements. A crown is the dental restoration used to strengthen and restore the entire top of a tooth.
Dr. Anderson or Dr. Kobe, can help prevent further damage and infection from setting into a cavity-laden tooth with the use of stainless steel crowns for children.
Both Dr. Anderson and Dr. Kobe follows the recommendation for use of stainless steel crowns as set by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. These guidelines are the following:
1. If a pulpotomy (nerve treatment) is indicated.
2. The tooth has such a large area of decay making the remaining tooth structure insufficient to hold a traditional filling.
3. A tooth that has formed incorrectly or has fractured.
A Kid’s Place Dentistry may use stainless steel crowns on children if a primary tooth (baby tooth) has been extensively damaged by a severe cavity. If too much of a primary tooth’s surface has been damaged by a cavity, a stainless steel crown can help prevent infection and preserve its normal function. The crown will cover the tooth and prevent further decay.
Dr. Anderson or Dr. Kobe performs the procedure in either our Salt Lake or South Salt Lake City office. A local anesthetic is used to numb the area. Sometimes depending on the age and cooperation of the child, a mild conscious sedation and laughing gas may be used.
Stainless steel crowns can also be used to aid in other dental circumstances such as repairing a broken tooth or preventing breakage of a tooth that has had a pulpotomy.
Children fitted with a stainless steel crown can resume normal activities immediately. Although stainless steel crowns are very resilient, children should avoid hard, sticky foods.
While stainless steel crowns can help prevent further problems for a tooth that has been destroyed by a cavity, preventative care is the best approach. Children should brush twice daily and after sweet treats. Regular visits to your child’s pediatric dentist can help detect cavities at their earliest stage and avoid damage, pain and infection from developing.
Parents who suspect that their child may be in pain due to a cavity should call A Kid’s Place Dentistry at 801.747.8000. Dr. Anderson and Dr. Kobe are available for routine and emergency care, consultations, and second opinions.