What To Do If My Child Chips Their Crown

If your child has a dental crown, then your pediatric dentist in Cypress likely provided you with many at-home tips on how to care for it.

But even if you follow all these instructions, accidents can happen. You may have noticed that your child’s dental crown is chipped, and the child may be complaining about some pain.

Here’s what to do if that happens.

Contact Cavity Patrol Pediatric Dentistry Right Away

In most cases, a chipped, cracking, or otherwise broken dental crown is considered a dental emergency. That crown has a huge role to play in your child’s overall oral health, by protecting one of their teeth and restoring its size and function.

A damaged dental crown cannot do that anymore, so it’s very important to get it checked right away.

But although damaged dental crowns are emergencies, your child is likely not in any immediate danger.

You can call Cavity Patrol Pediatric Dentistry at (832) 305-6507 to schedule a quick visit to get it fixed and receive more care tips on how to help your child at this time.

Sign the Dental Crown Might Be Damaged

A lot of the time, a damaged dental crown can even go unnoticed for a while if the chip is very small and doesn’t ultimately affect the integrity of the crown.

Other times, a damaged crown can present with symptoms such as:

  • A toothache
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold
  • Visible damage to the crown
  • Finding pieces of the crown in the mouth
  • Crown edges feel sharper, and may even hurt the tongue when chewing or talking
  • The child complains that the crown feels “strange” and changed their bite

If your child complains of any of these symptoms, then their damaged crown is likely creating more problems than it should, and the child will need swift dental care.

How Are Dental Crowns Fixed?

Sometimes, dental crowns can be easily fixed in just one visit. For instance, if the crown is slightly chipped, the dentist may use a drill to smooth out its surface and improve the bite. Dental bonding can also be used to address minor chips or cracks and strengthen the crown.

But for more extensive damage, the crown will likely need to be replaced entirely. The child may be fitted for a temporary crown and wear it until the permanent one is ready. You’ll know more during your appointment at Cavity Patrol Pediatric Dentistry.

Restore the Little One’s Oral Health Today

Whether it’s a chipped dental crown or any other oral health issues, Dr. Julia and Dr. Chun are here to make sure your child’s smile is happy and healthy.

To get started, schedule a visit at Cavity Patrol Pediatric Dentistry online, and stop by for an appointment.

If your child is dealing with a dental emergency, then call us at (832) 305-6507 right away to access swift dental care.

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