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Dental Crowns for Children

Does your child have a severely decayed or cracked tooth? Dental crowns, one of the children's dental services and restorations offered by Fairfax, Springfield, and Chantilly, VA, pediatric dentists, Dr. John Han and Dr. Grace Park of Pediatric Dental Care, will repair and protect your child's teeth.

Why your child may need a dental crown

Dental crowns are restorations that are placed over the top of teeth, covering them completely. They're made of a variety of durable materials, including porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal, ceramic, and resin.

Your child's dentist may recommend a crown if a tooth is cracked or fragile. Cracks weaken teeth and increase the risk of tooth fracture. If a tooth fractures, removing it may be the only option in some cases. Fortunately, adding a dental crown to a cracked or fragile tooth stabilizes the tooth and prevents it from breaking.

If a tooth has already fractured, a dental crown will restore it. Crowns replace the missing part of your child's tooth, end pain, and make chewing with that tooth possible once again. The restorations are made from an impression of your child's mouth to ensure that they fit comfortably.

Your child may also need a dental crown if a tooth is decayed. Crowns are usually recommended if tooth decay is extensive. Adding a dental crown not only restores the tooth but prevents the decay from spreading to nearby teeth. During your visit to the Fairfax, VA, dental office, your dentist may recommend dental crowns or other children's dental services depending on the condition of your child's tooth.

What about baby teeth?

Although your child will soon lose his or her baby teeth, pulling them when there's a problem isn't the best solution. Baby teeth serve as placeholders for permanent teeth, are essential for normal jaw development, and are needed for clear speech. If your child loses a baby tooth too soon, nearby teeth may shift and fill the space in the mouth. If this happens, there won't be enough room for your child's permanent tooth to erupt.

Adding a crown to a damaged or decayed baby tooth is a simple solution that can help your child avoid complicated or costly procedures in the future.

Dental crowns and other children's dental services keep your child's smile strong and healthy. Get in touch with your pediatric dentists in Fairfax, Springfield, and Chantilly, VA, if you think your child could benefit from a dental crown. Call today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Han and Dr. Park of Pediatric Dental Care.

Fairfax (703) 383-3434

Springfield (703) 992-7100

Chantilly (703) 957-3190

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