What are some of the long term problems with crowns on childrens teeth? | Dental Treatment Guide

Long-terms problems associated with crowns on the teeth of children are relatively rare but still worth making note of as the do happen. Firstly, if the bite is incorrect after the filling has been placed, it can be subjected to excessive pressure. This repetitive pressure can result in the filling cracking and will consequently require replacing. Another potential issue is that fillings may leak. If a filling begins to leak it can cause a couple of different problems. Primarily, this filling outflow can result in tooth sensitivity and will eventually lead to the tooth suffering from decay. This will require added treatment, which may not only be somewhat unpleasant but also relatively costly. Also, the space from which the filling is leaving can become inundated with bacteria and saliva encouraging the tooth decay.

There are more specific long-term problems associated with particular types of crowns using on the teeth of children. Stainless steel crowns can become loose if the bonding cement disintegrates. Furthermore, strip crowns may become damage or move out of position, which is an especially common problem if the tooth has undergone trauma, for example after a sports-related injury. If your child has an open-faced steel crown, like the strip and stainless steel crowns, they could become dislodged due to the bonding cement being broken down and washed out. Finally, veneered steel crowns may become damaged and actually leave the whole tooth.

It is vital that your child maintains a routine of visiting the dentist at least once every six months. During these appointments, the dentist will be able to check and ensure that the crown remains intact and is still being held in place by the cement. If it does appear slightly loose, the dentist then has the opportunity to strengthen the bonding before the whole crown falls off.

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