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Cavity Treatments for Kids: Dental Crowns vs. Fillings

by Youth Dental

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Cavities happen, and when they do, it’s important to take action to prevent the spread of infection and restore your child’s smile. In this blog post, we’ll talk about the two most common treatments for cavities: dental crowns and fillings. Before we do, we’ll briefly discuss what causes cavities and why it’s necessary to treat them, even if they are in baby teeth.

What Causes Cavities?

Cavities can form when bacteria in the mouth combine with sugar and food particles to produce acid that wears away at tooth enamel. If left untreated, cavities will continue to spread, resulting in pain and infection. That’s why it’s essential to treat them as soon as possible!

Baby teeth are vital for the development of the jaw and the spacing of adult teeth. When a cavity forms in a primary tooth, it’s important to protect the tooth from further damage and restore it as quickly as possible. Untreated cavities can cause infection, pain, and other issues affecting your child’s overall health. Crowns on primary teeth ensure they stay in place until the permanent tooth is ready to come through.

Dental Crowns for Kids vs. Composite Fillings 

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap made from ceramic or stainless steel that fits over a damaged or decayed tooth. They provide a strong, protective cover that fits over the tooth structure and protects against further dental decay. A dental crown is used when a cavity has progressed too far, and the tooth needs extra protection and can also be used to treat teeth that are cracked, broken, or worn down.

Fillings involve removing the decayed area of the tooth and replacing it with a composite material. Fillings are used when there is only a small amount of decay, and the tooth can still be saved. 

Common Questions About Dental Crowns

Why can’t my child get a white crown?

The simple answer is that white dental crowns are not as durable and are more likely to come off if your child eats sticky foods or picks at the crown. Metal crowns (stainless steel crowns) are prefabricated and come in different sizes, so they can fit over the existing tooth and provide a stronger, more durable covering.

 How long do crowns last on kids?

Dental crowns usually last between 5 and 15 years, but this varies depending on how well they’re taken care of. Your child’s dental crown should last many years with proper brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits.

Are crowns absolutely necessary?

If your child has a deep cavity or extensive damage to the tooth, then a crown is the best option. It is important to remember that if left untreated, cavities can become painful and infected, leading to more serious oral health problems down the road. 

Healthy Teeth, Healthy Smile

Good dental hygiene habits can help prevent cavities and the need for fillings or crowns. As soon as your child’s first tooth erupts, you can start brushing their teeth and gums. Starting young helps children develop good dental hygiene habits and can help prevent cavities in the future.

To brush a baby’s teeth, use a soft-bristled toothbrush and water. You can start using a tiny amount of fluoride toothpaste once your child is two years old, but it’s important to make sure they don’t swallow it. Once all their teeth have come in, you can start flossing regularly. Brush twice a day and minimize acidic and sugary foods for the best dental health.

Regular dental checkups are also important for maintaining healthy teeth and gums. During these visits, your dentist can spot early signs of cavities and recommend the best treatment option – whether it be a filling or a crown. This way, you can ensure your child’s teeth are taken care of and any decay is treated as quickly as possible.

Dental Crowns in Denver

If your child needs a dental crown, don’t despair! Our office offers the latest technology in dental crowns to ensure your child’s teeth stay healthy and strong. We use high-quality materials and can create custom-fitted crowns that fit your child’s existing teeth.  With our experience and expertise, you can be sure that your child will get the best care possible. 

Contact us right away if you think your child may have a cavity. To schedule an appointment at any of our locations, call (303) 825-2295 or complete the online booking form. Together we can keep your child healthy!

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