Why Stainless Steel Crowns
The Importance of Baby Teeth
It is a common misconception that the baby teeth are not important because they eventually fall out and are replaced by adult teeth. This can cause issues such as cavities or tooth damage to go untreated. The truth, however, is that the baby teeth are very important for many reasons.
What is a Stainless Steel Crown?
Aside from being smaller than adult teeth, the baby teeth are a bit different structurally. The enamel layer is thinner, and the pulp, which contains blood vessels and nerves, is larger. This pulp is also closer to the surface. When a cavity or damage to the tooth occurs, bacteria can more easily get inside and cause an infection. While fillings can be effective for small cavities, more extensive decay as well as tooth damage requires stronger treatment.
A stainless steel crown is essentially a cap that covers the entire visible portion of the affected tooth, sealing out bacteria and preventing further harm. It is placed after the tooth has received treatment to eliminate decay and bacteria or after a tooth has undergone pulpal therapy. Once the tooth has been treated, the prefabricated crown is cemented into place it.
Benefits of a Stainless Steel Crown
There are several benefits to a stainless steel crown.
Keeping Baby Teeth Healthy
While decay and damage do occur, you can help your child to keep their teeth healthy. Work with them to ensure that their teeth are thoroughly brushed and flossed daily. Do not let your child sleep with a bottle of milk or juice. For children over the age of 3, you can begin using a fluoridated toothpaste, which can help to strengthen their tooth enamel. It is also important that your child has regular dental cleanings and exams.
If your child has experienced significant tooth decay or other tooth damage in a baby tooth, it is still important for the tooth to be treated. Call Douglas L. Park, DDS, Pediatric Dentistry to schedule a consultation for your child today at (503) 663-8141.