Dr. Kim may recommend a pediatric dental crown to restore a tooth that’s injured or badly decayed. As the name suggests, a dental crown is like a “cap” that sits on top of your child’s natural tooth. Dental crowns not only strengthen teeth but help your child eat, speak, and smile with confidence.
Baby teeth are important because they hold space in your child’s jaw for their permanent teeth. They’re also vital for your child to eat and speak.
If your child loses a tooth too soon, they risk having adjacent teeth drift toward the empty socket. This could block your child’s permanent teeth from erupting.
Often, the best outcome is to restore the damaged baby tooth so your child can keep it until the adult tooth underneath is ready to erupt. At that point, your child will lose their baby tooth naturally.
We offer both stainless steel and white ceramic crowns. While both of these options will restore your child’s tooth, they look different.
This may not be as big of a deal if the crown will go on a back tooth where it’s less visible. On the other hand, you may choose a white ceramic crown for an adult tooth so it blends in with the rest of your child’s smile.
Our pediatric dentist will explain the pros and cons of each choice so you can make an informed decision for your child.
Dr. Wanki William Kim is a pediatric dentist in Grand Rapids, MI. As such, he and his team are prepared to deal with any dental emergency and restore your child’s oral health. To request an appointment with Dr. Kim, please feel free to call Pediatric Dentistry of Michigan at (616) 447-7900.