Are stainless steel dental crowns in Greensboro right for your child?
Greensboro parents often ask Dr. Sona Isharani about the importance of restoring primary (baby) teeth. They wonder if a lengthy and costly restoration is really necessary for a tooth that will fall out in a couple of years. The answer is yes and no. Yes, restoring a primary tooth is essential for your child’s oral health. No, it doesn’t have to be expensive or difficult when you choose stainless steel crowns.
Advantages and disadvantages of stainless steel crowns
This is an ideal restoration for children, for many reasons including affordability and durability. The procedure is very straightforward, and usually completed quickly, which makes it ideal for children who have trouble holding still, and those who are anxious. Once the crown is in place, it completely shields the tooth. There is minimal risk of decay under the crown, so stainless steel tends to last longer than many alternatives. As an added benefit, the surface is especially smooth and easier to clean.
Considering the many benefits, you might be wondering why stainless steel is not used for adults more often. The primary reason is aesthetic. Only the front teeth are visible when a person naturally speaks, smiles, or laughs. Nevertheless, many adults prefer tooth-colored restorations, even on back teeth because they are permanent. Children, however; outgrow everything quickly – including their own teeth.
Is your child a good candidate?
Stainless steel crowns are an option for virtually anyone who needs a dental crown. They may be used to:
- Restore a broken or badly decayed primary tooth
- Restore a secondary tooth, if aesthetics is not a concern
- Create an abutment for a space maintainer
- Protect a tooth after pulpal therapy
- Temporarily restore a fractured emerging secondary tooth, protecting it until it is fully developed and can be fitted with a permanent restoration
- Treat a primary or secondary tooth in situations in which other materials are likely to fail
To find out the best solution for your child, visit our office for a consultation. We offer a wide variety of high-quality, budget-friendly dental solutions for your family. Give us a call at (336) 804-8668 to schedule an appointment.