Pediatric dental crowns are used to restore or protect a baby's tooth and keep it healthy until the permanent one is ready to take its place.
But if your child has a dental crown or is about to get one, you might be wondering how this will affect their permanent teeth.
Will the crown fall on its own when the time comes, or should you take extra steps to protect your child’s proper oral health development?
Keep reading to find out the answers.
Pediatric dental crowns work the same way as those made for adults. They are custom-made tooth caps that get cemented on top of a natural tooth.
Their role is to protect a natural tooth from damage and restore its size and function after extensive treatment.
Note that the pediatric crown isn’t attached to the gums of the child’s tooth. As a result, the crown will fall out with the baby's tooth when the time comes. The adult teeth slowly dissolve the baby tooth’s root, causing it to loosen and fall out naturally.
If you notice your child’s pediatric crown has fallen out, you can schedule a dentist appointment to double-check the crown because the permanent tooth is growing.
A pediatric dentist will inspect the child’s mouth and make sure their oral health is developing properly.
Note that pediatric crowns can fall out for other reasons as well, such as:
In most cases, the baby tooth will remain in place if the dental crown falls out.
Still, seeing a pediatric dentist at this time helps you rule out any of these scenarios or get your child the proper dental care.
Maintaining pediatric dental crowns involves a few easy steps:
Does your child need a dental crown or have one that fell out recently? Bring them in to see Dr. Sal Colombo or Dr. Yasi Colombo for a short consultation to discover the next steps that will help protect your little one’s smile.
Book a visit to The Little Royals: Dentistry for Kids online.