Baby (primary) teeth are placeholders for the adult teeth, ensuring the adult teeth fit and grow in where they belong. When a primary tooth is decayed or damaged, it may be necessary to put a crown on the tooth to keep it in place until the adult tooth comes through. Depending on the location of the tooth, two types of crowns are available:
- Stainless steel. The back teeth need extra protection from chewing. Stainless steel crowns are stronger than tooth-colored crowns and normally last until the teeth naturally fall out.
- Esthetic. For most children, the front teeth can be covered with a tooth-colored crown.
Taking great care of your child’s teeth now will give them the best chance for healthy adult teeth. Pediatric Dental Specialist of Hiram can help you protect your child’s bright smile.