Pediatric Dental Care and Silver Crowns
I run an after school program for children. I’ve noticed that the children from low-income families all seem to have silver crowns. Why is that? I don’t know if it makes the children self-conscious, but I know it would make me uncomfortable to smile.
It sounds like you care about the children you’re providing care for a lot. It’s also a great question. There are several reasons you mostly see silver crowns on children from low-income families.
The first reason that children that age would even need crowns is access to dental care. Now, while it is true that Medicaid covers dental care in children, there aren’t enough dentists who accept Medicaid patients. So, either they don’t get care or they have to pay significantly more to get it from another dentist. Even with Medicaid, many low-income families work with an hourly wage. In order to get their children to a dental appointment, they have to miss work which means losing income.
With less access to dental care, they are more likely to have decay go unnoticed until it is so large they can’t just get a filling but need a pulpotomy (a child’s version of a root canal treatment) and dental crown. While some baby teeth with decay can just be extracted, their back teeth need to stay in place, if at all possible, until they are at least twelve-years-old.
These are often children from loving families who are doing the best they can but struggle financially.
Reasons Pediatric Dentists Use Silver Crowns
It Saves the Parents Money
While any parent is certainly welcome to upgrade the aesthetics by getting a traditional crown, the silver crowns come premade and that saves parents the cost of lab fees to have them custom made.
It Saves the Parents Time
Because they are premade, the parents only have to come in once. There is no need for two separate appointments, making it more accessible. Noone wants to ask off work twice for the same procedure.
It’s the Recommended Procedure from the American Academy of Pediatrics
Pediatric dentists will generally recommend this because being the standard procedure means it is what insurance will cover. While they can pay a little more to get white crowns, most parents just go with what the insurance will cover.
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