Did you know that depending on a child’s age, he or she can develop up to 28 baby teeth before they’re replaced by their permanent adult teeth. Baby teeth are quite similar to permanent teeth since both can get the same dental problems. That is why parents should give high importance in teaching their children about proper oral hygiene at an early age.
The difference between these two is the enamel layer of a youngster’s tooth is thinner and the pulp portion is greater. The pulp portion refers to the soft tissue that’s inside each tooth. Since it is thinner, it’s more vulnerable to cavity infection. In fact, even the slightest hint of decay can easily expose the pulp, therefore leading to tooth decay.
Cavities which are also referred to as ‘Early Childhood Caries’ must be treated quickly otherwise the patient may experience pain and discomfort. If not treated early, this may lead to a series of long term dental health problems.
Good thing modern dentistry now offers a variety of options when it comes to fillings. Each of these has different compositions and are available at different prices. Despite the modern technology, expensive materials such as porcelain and gold are not commonly used. The reason is that the fillings are only made for temporary tooth.
The most common materials used for dental fillings are silver amalgam, glass ionomer and composite.
However, for tooth that’s severely damaged, a crown is a much better alternative. Your dentist might recommend your child to get caps or crowns on their tooth for a number of reasons such as:
If the dentist have decided to use a crown on your child’s tooth, he or she will start preparing your child’s tooth for this process. To do attach the crown, a little bit of enamel from your child’s tooth will have to be removed. Crowns or caps can be made inside a lab using your child’s exact measurements and can be installed when they’re ready. Otherwise, there are also some ready-made crowns which can be used.