Does My Kid Really Need Crowns on Baby Teeth?

It’s normal for baby teeth to naturally fall out and allow space for “adult” or permanent to grow in. When this becomes an issue is when baby teeth fall out because of cavities or somehow damaged. This can lead to more serious conditions.

Putting crowns on baby teeth can help prevent oral health issues later in life.

happy-child-smilingWhat are dental crowns?

Dental crowns are special tooth-shaped caps that are cemented in place, over a patient’s affected tooth. These can help restore strength, size, and shape of a tooth that’s been compromised by decay or damage.

For children, although their baby teeth will eventually fall out, it is important to keep their baby teeth until they fall out on their own. Baby teeth will fall out naturally when the body is ready to replace them with adult, permanent teeth.

Importance of Baby Teeth

Baby teeth are important to the developmental process of a child’s oral health. They help children to chew their food, develop speaking skills, and reserve space in a child’s jaw for their adult teeth later in life.

When Do You Need Crowns on Baby Teeth?

Generally, there are a couple of common reasons why your child might need to have crowns put on their baby teeth. Those would be:

  • To support teeth that are compromised by decay or cavities
  • To support teeth that have been damaged or severely chipped

How to Make Sure Your Child Won’t Need Crowns on Their Baby Teeth

Good oral hygiene starts early in life.  Parents can help their children avoid needing crowns on their baby teeth by practicing and teaching good dental habits early in their child’s life.  Healthy oral health habits to teach your kids:

  • Brushing and flossing regularly
  • Visiting your dentist regularly, twice a year for cleanings and check ups
  • Use a mouthguard when participating in sports
  • Avoid chewing or biting on hard foods like candy or ice

Kool Smiles Kids Club Partners

Our partners are focused on kids first dental care and are experienced in providing children with the care they need. Our network of over 120 dental partners around the US are accepting new patients. If you are looking for a dentist that can provide crowns for your child, we have a partner that can help.