I have a classroom full of children with silver on their back teeth. Most of them look like crowns and some could be fillings. Why would so many children need crowns? And why do they all seem to be silver?
It’s obvious you’re a caring teacher and want to understand more about your student’s health. When it comes to why your children have so many restorations, there can be a variety of factors:
- Genetics plays a huge part. Some patients do everything right and still have decay. They just lost the genetic lottery when it came to teeth.
- Another factor is socioeconomic. If they didn’t have dental insurance for their children they may only take them when there’s a problem.
- Lack of sealings: If parents don’t regularly take their children to the dentist, they may not be aware of dental sealings which protect children from getting decay on their molars.
Silver Crowns for Pediatric Patients
There are usually two very good reasons to give children silver crowns instead of a traditional porcelian-fused-to-metal crowns or an all-porcelain crowns.
They are pre-fabricated in set sizes. This means the pediatric dentist can place them in just one appointment. This makes the appointment much easier for the patients.
Often, children need some form of dental sedation to get through more complicated appointments. This way they only need one appointment.
That makes it easier on the parents, both for interruptions to their lives with scheduling and cutting down on costs for a second appointment.
Probably the best way you can help your students is to have a pediatric dentist come visit your class and teach the children about the proper way to brush and floss. Then, keep up with things like free clinic days and dental sealing days and let the parents know about them.
This blog is brought to you by Auburn, Al Dentist Dr. Raymond Bolt.