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How Long Will a Baby Dental Crown Last?
Baby dental crowns are commonly used in pediatric dentistry as ways to restore teeth that are in bad shape. They are strong and can significantly improve the way children eat, speak and smile. One question that often comes up from parents in regards to baby dental crowns is how long they last. Ready to learn more?
The lifespan of a baby dental crown
Below is an overview of baby dental crowns. This information can be helpful for parents to review, especially when a pediatric dentist recommends a dental crown for a baby.
What is a baby dental crown?
A baby dental crown is a prosthetic restoration used only for baby teeth. Similar to traditional dental crowns, baby ones completely cover a tooth that is in bad shape or prone to decay and damage. Baby dental crowns are typically made of metal alloy or composite resin materials. Pediatric dentists tend to rely on these two materials for baby dental crowns, as opposed to more expensive, longer-lasting ones such as porcelain or gold.
A baby dental crown serves the same purpose as a traditional dental crown used in older children and adults, which is to restore teeth that are in bad shape. Teeth that have cavities or damage, such as cracks and chips can benefit from a baby dental crown. However, a pediatric dentist may also recommend a baby dental crown for preventive measures. Children are prone to cavities because they consume a lot of sugar and are not the best at practicing oral hygiene. With that being said, a baby dental crown can be very helpful in protecting the natural tooth.
How long do they last?
Many parents want to know how long a baby dental crown will last so that they know what to expect. When children get a baby dental crown at a young age, it should last until the baby tooth falls out, which may be a couple of years. Most children lose all of their baby teeth by the time they are 10 or 11. However, in some cases, it extends to age 12, in which extraction may have to take place.
While a baby dental crown is meant to last until the tooth falls out, there may be some scenarios in which it gets damaged before then. When it does become damaged, a pediatric dentist will have to repair or replace it.
A few ways that children can ensure that the baby dental crown lasts is to practice good oral hygiene, avoid chewy foods and wear a mouthguard during physical activity like sports. Additionally, pediatric dentists can provide children with specific recommendations on how to care for their baby dental crown so that it lasts.
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A baby dental crown can be quite helpful in restoring a child's tooth, whether it be damaged or prone to decay. With the help of a pediatric dentist, the baby dental crown process can begin. Reach out today to learn more or to get started.
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