Why Would You Need a Dental Crown?

March 28, 2018

If your pediatric dentist suggests to you that your child may need a dental crown, you may wonder why it’s necessary if they have never had one before when they’ve had a cavity. Typically, a simple filling can be used to repair your lost tooth structure after a cavity, but sometimes, if too much time has passed, then the damage may simply be too extensive to be fixed with a filling, and a crown is needed.

Reasons for a Dental Crown

There are quite a few different reasons that would cause your child to need a dental crown. Here are just a few of them:

  • Broken or Fractured Teeth – If the tooth is broken or fractured, it can allow bacteria to colonize the tooth much more easily. A crown will allow you to seal the tooth from bacteria that allows it to protect itself from decay.

  • An Old Restoration is Lost – Unfortunately, old crowns and fillings have a lifespan. If your child has lost a crown or filling recently, their teeth can likewise become very vulnerable to decay and cavities. A crown may be the best option for patients who have lost an old restoration of a tooth that is already significantly damaged.

  • Your Tooth Has Extensive Decay – If your child’s tooth has extensive decay, when your pediatric dentist takes a look at their tooth, they will see that a regular filling won’t be enough to restore the integrity of the tooth. In this case, in order to save the root of the tooth, a crown is necessary.

No matter the reason for getting a dental crown, your pediatric dentist will speak with you about your best options when it comes to restoring your child’s teeth. Contact our dental office today to book a consultation!