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Pediatric Dental Crowns in San Antonio, TX

Dental crowns are restorations that are designed to fit over a single tooth and mimic its appearance while protecting and supporting it. Pediatric dental crowns can be stainless steel, which is a very durable and affordable option, or tooth-colored, which means the crown will blend in seamlessly with the surrounding teeth. To learn more about pediatric dental crowns or schedule a visit with an experienced pediatric dentist in San Antonio for your child, please get in touch with our friendly front office team.

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Why does my child need a dental crown?

Dental crowns can be necessary when there is too much tooth decay present for a simple dental filling. Crowns are also used to support and protect teeth that are weak from dental trauma. After root canals are performed, dental crowns often need to be placed to protect the tooth from future damage. In some cases, crowns are used if a tooth is misshapen or discolored and the patient wants to enhance its cosmetic appearance. We always recommend the least invasive treatment options whenever possible and only recommend dental crowns when we believe they are truly necessary.

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The Dental Crown Process

Before a dental crown can be placed, the tooth must be reshaped so that the crown will fit over it and the tooth will not look bulky. Local anesthetic is used to numb the teeth and gums so that the entire process will be comfortable for the patient. Then, impressions of the tooth must be taken so that the crown can be customized to fit perfectly over it. A temporary crown will be placed in the meantime. At the follow-up visit, the temporary crown will be removed, and the permanent one will be placed. Once your child’s baby tooth falls out, the crown will come with it.

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What is aftercare like for a dental crown treatment?

Your child’s mouth will likely feel numb for a while after their appointment, so we recommend that they avoid eating until they regain feeling again so that they do not bite their tongue. If oral conscious sedation or general anesthesia was used during their treatment, we recommend taking your child straight home so they can rest and recover. Otherwise, kids can return to their normal activities, as long as they are careful with their new crown for a few days post-treatment. Tough or crunchy foods should be avoided, and patients should try to chew with the other side of their mouth as much as possible.

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