My 12 yr old daughter had an accident over the holiday weekend and chipped her 2 front teeth almost half way horizontally. I took her to her pediatric dentist and she tried to do some bonding but I don’t like the way it looks. The color doesn’t even match. She is already getting teased in school, and I want to resolve this as quickly as possible so that she is comfortable again. Will a CEREC dentist do crowns for her? – Hilola
Hilola – Children in the pre-teen years face a lot of challenges. We understand your concern for giving your daughter added confidence when it comes to her smile. A tooth that is chipped in half may have nerve damage and require a root canal treatment. If your child’s pediatric dentist has not made the examination, ensure that it is completed.
Your daughter can receive a ceramic crown. We suggest that you visit an experienced cosmetic dentist who offers CEREC® crowns to determine if CEREC is the best option for your daughter’s case. It is possible that direct dental bonding will restore her smile.
An expert cosmetic dentist can use direct bonding to replace the missing parts of each tooth. Bonding allows time for your daughter to mature and decide if she prefers porcelain veneers or dental crowns to restore her teeth. Crowns require significant reduction of natural tooth structure to accommodate the crown. Some parents give their child the opportunity to decide if this permanent alteration of the tooth is what they really want.
Keep in mind that as your daughter grows, her teeth and jawbone will develop also. If she receives a crown, it will eventually need to be replaced.
Schedule appointments with two or three skilled cosmetic dentists who offer CEREC Crowns to examine your daughter’s teeth and let you know your options.
This post is sponsored by the San Jose dentists of Hillsdale Dental Care.