One purpose of baby (primary) teeth is that they are placeholders for the adult teeth, ensuring the adult teeth fit and grow in where they belong. When a primary tooth is decayed or damaged, it may be necessary to put a crown on the tooth to keep it in place until the adult tooth comes through. Depending on the location of the tooth, two types of crowns are available:
- Stainless steel. The back teeth need extra protection from chewing. These crowns are normally needed if there is large decay and a white colored filling is not indicated. Normally, crowns will last until the baby teeth naturally fall out.
- Esthetic (tooth colored). Are typically recommended for front teeth, but can also be used for back teeth.
If your child requires a crown, we can discuss the pros and cons of each type of crown. Taking great care of your child’s teeth now will give them the best chance for healthy adult teeth. The Heath Pediatric Dentistry can help you protect your child’s bright smile.