I’m a teacher Lafayette, LA. I go to an adults only dental practice, but had a question about pediatric dental care and saw you treat children. I teach in a low-income school and half my kids have silver teeth. Is that because they’re poor or because that’s the norm? I know they’re not “my” children, but I hate seeing them not have the things many other children get. I’m sure their parents hurt even more over it.
One of the things I loved about Star Trek: The Next Generation is that everyone had their material needs met. They’d eliminated the need for money. Of course, that’s science fiction and the writers didn’t have to deal with the realities of how that would play out in the actual universe.
I know many low-income families. Many of them work night and day, but just have so many things working against them. You’re not guaranteed to need dental crowns because you’re low-income. Some children are just genetically pre-disposed to more decay. Here are the low-income factors that do make it more likely though.
- Parents are sometimes too exhausted or always working, so they can’t always make sure their children are brushing correctly.
- Often, the parents don’t have the money for regular dental appointments. So, by the time they get them to a dentist, the decay has gone too far and a crown is necessary instead of a filling
Why Do Pediatric Dentists Use Silver Crowns
First, Certain baby teeth need to stay in place longer than others. It’s more important to crown the teeth than it is to extract them. The exception would be if it’s close to the time they would fall out anyway. Second, even if they did have insurance, in general, dental insurance will only cover the least expensive procedure. Unless their parents want or can spend the additional money for an all-porcelain crown, they receive the silver, stainless steel crowns.
An additional cost factor is the number of visits. Many children need dental sedation, even if it’s just nitrous oxide, in order to stay still. Traditional dental crowns require two visits. Stainless steel crowns are premade and only require one visit, cutting down expenses.
These are the recommended crowns from the American Academy of Pediatrics, which is also why many pediatric dentists place them.
I hope this helps answer your question.
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