How are Dental Crowns and Fillings Different?
Tooth decay is the #1 chronic disease for American children, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This is why it is extremely important to treat oral health issues as soon as possible
Fortunately, our pediatric dentists are able to treat cavities so your child can continue showing off their toothy grin. If you are concerned about your child's oral health, don't hesitate to contact us today.
Continue reading to learn the differences between dental crowns and fillings for children.
Dental Crowns vs. Fillings
Size of Cavity
Whether your child needs a cavity filling or will depend on the size of their cavity. Our pediatric dentists do everything in their power to detect cavities early. That way, we’re able to save as much natural tooth structure as possible. For small cavities, your child’s dentist may recommend a filling to restore the tooth.
If we need to remove a large cavity, your child will need a dental crown. A dental crown covers the entire visible portion of your child’s tooth above the gum line, restoring it’s natural strength and appearance. Once your child’s pediatric dentist removes the decayed tooth matter, they’ll place the “tooth cap” on top. Dental crowns can also be used to restore teeth that are fractured or otherwise compromised.
Tooth fillings are less invasive than crowns. If your child needs a filling, their dentist will only remove the cavity before restoring the tooth. For permanent teeth (especially those that show when your child smiles or talks), we may recommend composite fillings. Unlike silver fillings, these white fillings match the color of your child’s tooth enamel. Silver amalgam fillings, on the other hand, are durable enough to be used on back teeth and are typically covered by insurance.
Since a dental crown covers your child’s entire tooth, their dentist will need to remove enough tooth structure so the crown fits. This involves removing healthy tooth structure to make room. However, our pediatric dentists always do everything they can to save as much natural tooth structure as possible. Dental crowns help protect your child’s tooth from further decay and sensitivity.
Number of Appointments
If your child has a toothache, call their pediatric dentist as soon as possible. The sooner you act, the more likely we’ll be able to restore the tooth with a simple filling. Unlike dental crowns, cavity fillings take one appointment.
Thetakes two appointments. During your child’s first appointment, their pediatric dentist will remove enough enamel so the crown won’t appear bulky. Next, their dentist will take dental impressions to send to the lab where the new crown will be made. To protect your child’s tooth in the meantime, their dentist will place a temporary crown.
When your child returns for their second appointment, their crown will be ready. After checking the size, color, and shape of the crown, their pediatric dentist will replace the temporary crown with the permanent tooth restoration. As long as your child practices good oral hygiene, there’s no reason why their dental crown can’t last for years to come.
Our pediatric dentists are dedicated to helping your child maintain a healthy smile. To schedule your child’s appointment with one of our pediatric dentists, call Children’s Dental Care in Dearborn, Canton, and Livonia.