Few things are certain in life, but the fact that your kid's baby teeth are going to fall out is one of them. If your child's dentist suggested a dental crown because one of their teeth is failing, you may have one big question on your mind:
Baby teeth are meant to fall out so why go through all this hassle?
Keep reading to find the answer.
Baby teeth are supposed to fall out, but they are also supposed to follow a certain timeline. On average, a child should start losing their baby teeth from around the age of six.
If your child is at risk for losing a primary tooth much earlier than this, (at 3 or 4 years old, for example) their dentist will recommend a pediatric dental crown.
Here's how it can help.
Baby teeth play a vital role in your child's long-term oral health. They act as placeholders for the permanent teeth, making sure they will erupt in the correct position.
If your child loses a baby tooth prematurely, the neighboring teeth might shift causing the permanent ones to erupt at improper angles. Your child will then need orthodontic treatment to correct the alignment of their teeth.
A pediatric crown can help you avoid all this. By placing a crown, the decaying tooth will have the support it needs to ensure neighboring teeth will not migrate and the permanent ones will come out as they should.
A missing tooth can affect your child's oral function. They need their teeth to bite and chew food and to form correct sounds. Premature tooth loss that's left untreated can lead to problems that extend beyond their oral health, such as gastrointestinal issues or speech impediments.
Baby teeth can get decayed just like adult teeth but because their enamel is softer, the cavity usually spreads much faster. If a cavity is not treated in time, it can damage the tooth beyond repair. It can spread to the other teeth and cause a lot of problems.
One way to prevent this is by using a pediatric dental crown after the decay has been removed. The crown will protect and strengthen the tooth until it's ready to fall out on its own.
If your child lost or broke a baby tooth, or is dealing with a baby tooth cavity, the team at Sasco Pediatric Dentistry is ready to assist them with gentle pediatric dental care. We offer a wide range of services in a modern and friendly environment.
Send us a message online or call our office at (203) 307-2430 to request an appointment with Dr. Michelle.
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