At Douglas L. Park, DDS, Pediatric Dentistry, we want to prepare our patients and their parents with the information they need to make the right choices about their dental health. Dental restoration, or the replacement of parts of your teeth, can be necessary through all stages of your life. Learning about and selecting the right crown is one of those important decisions we are ready to help you with. Given our expertise in pediatric dentistry, we are prepared to help you make the most informed choices about crowns for your children in addition to yourself.
What Crowns Can Do For You
Types of Dental Crowns
Choosing how to proceed with your dental restoration can be difficult with all the dental crown options available, but we at Douglas L. Park, DDS, Pediatric Dentistry provide the support you need to make the selection that is right for you or your child. Ceramic or porcelain is a perfect choice if blending the color of the crown with your teeth is of paramount importance. Porcelain fused to metal is a slightly more intensive process but can provide a similar advantage with increased durability. Gold alloys are strong as well as quite biocompatible with your gums. Finally, base metal or stainless steel alloys provide the greatest strength and resistance to corrosion.
Crowns And Baby Teeth
Given that we are a pediatric dentistry, we have unsurpassed expertise in helping your children with the preservation of their baby teeth until they are ready to fall out naturally. Most children lose these at ages 12 or 13, so keeping the teeth healthy until then saves them from needing more extensive dental restoration later in life. If their baby teeth experience unexpected decay, we recommend the use of stainless steel crowns so that they receive full coverage protection. With minimal sensitivity, these crowns offer the best treatment for your young one, and are markedly more successful than metal filings for children below the age of four.
How To Keep Your Child From Needing A Stainless Steel Crown
Though stainless steel dental crowns are effective tools for addressing tooth issues in your child, we recommend exercising prevention beforehand. Many parents forget to properly clean their newborn’s gums after feedings by using a washcloth or damp gauze. As their teeth appear, transition from the gauze cleanings to one of our toothbrushes. We also recommend the use of fluoride toothpaste to keep your child’s tooth enamel strong. Just be careful as they first begin using toothpaste so that they do not swallow it.
Dental restoration is an important part of you and your child’s dental health throughout your lives. If prevention does not work, we at Douglas L. Park, DDS, Pediatric Dentistry are skilled pediatric dentists who can help your child get effective treatment through the insertion of stainless steel crowns. If you are interested and believe that stainless steel crowns could be the right choice for you, call us today at (503) 663-8141.